"I applied to the program to give my thesis the ability to go beyond merely allowing me to graduate. I wanted to be able to share my theories about language preservation and its importance, and see that it became part of the University of Florida's overall plan of continued sustainability."
Middle Eastern Language and Culture
Middle Eastern Studies Linguistics
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Catholic Gators at Saint Augustine's Catholic Church
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, playing guitar and piano, singing, dancing, and photography.
The Preservation of Aramaic in Ma'aloula Syria
My project is based on research concerning the speech and preservation of the Aramaic language in Ma'aloula, Syria. My project includes two separate sections: the first encompasses a review of literature from several sources detailing how and why certain scholars have studied language preservation in the past. This section also includes my personal theory about why languages, such as Aramaic, which are becoming less and less common throughout the world, should be preserved. The second section of my project will be a detailed description of my research. This research will be planned and executed using the parameters set out by M. Paul Lewis in his chapter on evaluating endangered languages in the book Sustaining Linguistic Diversity. This in turn includes speaking with people from the town and area surrounding Ma'aloula about why they have learned Aramaic, whether or not their children will learn it, etc. All of the research will be done out of Lebanon with subjects who commute regularly or irregularly back to Syria. The real world application of all of this might be said to be learning to appreciate and document languages that no longer have a huge role in the world at large but that are still prevalent now and still have great historical value.