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2013 Strasser Winners Announced!

24 Apr

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Strasser Writing Prize!  Of all the entries, these three papers were selected as the best by a committee of Honors faculty reading through several rounds of elimination!

The winner is awarded a $100 gift card, and each runner up is awarded a $50 gift card.

Once again, congratulations!!


Katie Winters – “Clinical Studies of Aphasia: The Role of Language in Social Death”

Runners up:

Jonah Lewis – “Beauty Isn’t Skin Deep: The Media’s Beauty Standards and African American Women’s Self-Actualization”
Kathryn Cote – “Turn Loose the Horses: Revealing the True Nature of Dysart’s Tragedy Through Nietzschean Philosophy”

Why not call it “Pizz-AH”? [SURE Stories]

11 Apr

—This post is written by UHPer and SURE Award winner Katherine Winters.—

Makin' Science

Katherine Winters, with her research assistant.

Most people know that a noun is a person, place, or thing. Not everyone knows that most of a child’s first 50 words are nouns: foods, animals, body parts, names, toys, and vehicles. As children begin to build their vocabularies they constantly receive linguistic input from their family, teachers, and neighbors. Each of these speech examples is characterized by different phonological patterns with various accents, pronunciation or stress patterns, and speech styles. Somehow, children determine a standard phonological form that they apply to their own speech production and reject all competing forms. 

My research stems from this question: how do children choose their phonological forms? Continue reading