Joëlle Carota, PhD candidate in Spanish, is one of 12 finalists in UB's fourth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Watch her video presentation here!
Presentation Title: The Venezuelan Community of Pescara (Italy): A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Spanish in Contact With Italian
Advisor: Wolfgang Wölck
Joëlle's home town is Pescara, Italy. Her research aims to find out how the Venezuelan community that has re-settled there over the last ten years is adapting to new surroundings. This includes investigating the outcomes that result from linguistic contact, and monitoring language maintenance and shift. Although her native language is Italian, Carota currently teaches Spanish and is learning American Sign Language. While she is not deep into her research, she enjoys Zumba. Carota would like to continue teaching and work in academia in the future.