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Kristen Miller

Kristen Miller

Undergraduate Student: Global and International Studies and Labor and Human Resources, minoring in Spanish and Portuguese


I grew up in State College and am currently a freshman. On campus, I am involved in Penn State Alternative Breaks, Camp Kesem, and Spanish Immersion Club. I also work at an elementary after school program and at a childcare center on the weekends. 

Project Summary:

I will be traveling to San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia this summer to study negation patterns between Lengua Palenquera and Spanish. While Spanish typically follows a pre-verbal negation pattern, Lengua Palenquera negation patterns could be one of three main forms: nu+VERB, nu+VERB+nu, or VERB+nu. I want to know if participants are able to recognize Spanish-like negations in Lengua Palenquera and how formal instruction of Lengua Palenquera negation patterns affect attitudes on acceptability. In my research, I will present memory loaded repetition with an embedded distraction. This will gauge reaction to specific negation patterns and other Spanish-like intrusions in Lengua Palenquera since the theory is that a participant will pass a sentence through their own grammar before repeating it if their short-term memory is maxed out.