Sara Pacchiarotti: My Graduate Achiever Scholarship!
My name is Sara Pacchiarotti. I am an Italian student enrolled in the PhD program in Linguistics at University of Oregon. I consider language to be a fascinating organism, worth studying in the same vein as other biological organisms. With the economic support of the Graduate Achiever Scholarship, I will be able to start a documentation project this Summer on an almost extinct Gallo-Italic dialect called San Frareau or San Fratello (in Italian) spoken in a small town of 3000 inhabitants in the north east part of Sicily. The documentation includes a structural description of the language along with a collection of oral tradition stories by elderly population.