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Maggie Rose Pelella

Maggie Rose Pelella

Undergraduate Student: Spanish and Science


My name is Maggie Rose Pelella and I am a Junior studying Spanish and Science. I am from Binghamton, New York, but despite my Upstate roots, I have always bled blue and white. I followed in my older sibling’s footsteps by making Happy Valley my home away from home. Besides my interests in bilingualism and the Spanish language, I enjoy running, cheering on Penn State football, playing with my golden retrievers, and eating ice cream at the Berkey Creamery.

Project Summary:

This summer I will be traveling to Bogotá, Medellín, and Palenque, Colombia to conduct research on the processing of Spanish dialectal variation by native Spanish speakers. Understanding how native speakers of a language process dialectal variation is crucial in order to explain how individuals communicate with one another despite great differences within a language. I plan to examine how the aspiration of the /s/, which is a feature of many varieties of Spanish, is perceived by native speakers, and in what situations the perception is best facilitated. My experiment will explore how this perception is influenced by only hearing a single Palenquero speaker, as compared to the sister experiments that will investigate the effects of multiple speakers.