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Jessica Nicholas

Graduate Student

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A native of the Seattle area, Jessica Nicholas was a high school Spanish teacher prior to coming to the University of Illinois to continue her graduate education in French Linguistics. She has a concentration in Romance Linguistics and a particular interest in study abroad.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Sociophonetics
  • Study Abroad
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Ideologies
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Learner Motivation and Identity
  • Phonetics/Phonology
  • Romance Linguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Nasal Vowels
  • Historical Sociolinguistics

Research Description

  • The title of Jessica Nicholas's doctoral dissertation is, "Social and learner-specific factors in the acquisition of dialectal features by study abroad students in French."


  • (IN PROGRESS) Doctor of Philosophy- French (Linguistics)- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Arts- French (Linguistics)- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- 2012
  • Master in Teaching- Secondary Education- Western Washington University- 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (cum laude)- French/Spanish- Western Washington University- 2006

Distinctions / Awards

  • Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • K. A. Looney Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Minn Summer Fellowship
  • Department of French Doctoral Fellowship


  • Department of French Research Travel Grant
  • SLATE Conference Travel Grant


  • FR 101
  • FR 102
  • FR 103
  • FR 104
  • FR 213 (phonetics)