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Patrick Sonnenberg

Title of Program: Sociolinguistics of Power

E-mail Address: psonnenb@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Spring Hill, TN

Year: First-Year Student

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Description of Program: Sociolinguistics allows me to investigate the relationship between aspects of one's identities and their use of language. I aim to explore language and power by analyzing linguistic subordination, language standardization, language varieties, and the power structures that contribute to the marginalization of linguistic minorities.

Departmental Emphases: Linguistics, Sociology, Modern Foreign Languages, Anthropology, Political Science, Women's Studies, American Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Grieser, Department of English

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): I plan to pursue a Masters in either Sociolinguistics or Linguistics. I aspire to work for the United Nations or a non-profit organization. I would also like to continue research related to linguistic subordination and language standardization. I aim to work abroad where I can fruther develop my language fluency in multiple languages.

Other Academic Interests: French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Geography

Study Abroad: I will study abroad in Scotland in the summer of 2017. I also plan to study abroad in Russia, Morocco, and other countries where the languages I am studying are spoken.

Research Experiences or Internships: Spring 2016 – Research on the relationship between language perception and language production, specifically on the general pronoun usage of queer and non-queer individuals.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Haslam Scholars Program, Executive Board Member of SEAT (Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee), Secretary of the Student Linguistics Association, Secretary of Students for Bernie Sanders at UTK, Member of the UT Diversity Matters Coalition, Member of Pi Delta Phi, French Club teacher/volunteer at Pond Gap Elementary School.


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