Kiara Smith

Kiara Smith, class of 2021, is a Sociolinguistics and Nutritional Sciences major, with a minor in German. She explains her interest in Linguistics by saying, "language is the key factor that separates humans from animals because it allows us to communicate ideas. How our brains understand and react to certain aspects of language, such as in different social context, fascinates me."
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Kiara Smith

Kiara Smith, class of 2021, is a Sociolinguistics and Nutritional Sciences major, with a minor in German.  She explains her interest in Linguistics by saying, "language is the key factor that separates humans from animals because it allows us to communicate ideas.  How our brains understand and react to certain aspects of language, such as in different social context, fascinates me."

Kiara is currently working on a study looking at Negative Concord versus Double Negation use and understanding in American English speakers in our local region.  She created sample sentences, programmed a number of surveys, and is currently running participants using an eye tracker (a machine that allows researchers to record people's eye movements as they look at a screen). 

In the future, Kiara hopes to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist and to work in community nutrition programs, most likely among low income populations.