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Gabriel Holder

Camping in Linville Gorge Wilderness, NC
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Master's Student, Hispanic Linguistics, Teaching Assistant of Spanish

I am from a small town in North Georgia called Toccoa, where I attended middle school and high school. During this time, I fell in love with the Spanish language after beginning studying at age sixteen. Since, it has only ever been a positive journey studying the language and learning more about hispanic and latino cultures. I love soccer, cooking, hiking, and camping and try to spend as much of my free time as I can taking part in these activities.

Research Interests:

My academic passion is found in the fields of phonetics and phonology and language contact between Spanish and Arabic, specifically through the lens of historical linguistics. My primary interests are the explanation of historical sound change, modeled with application of Optimality Theory, and the history of and attitudes towards Arabic loanwords in Spanish. I am also interested second language acquisition, specifically the acquisition of prepositions by English-speaking learners of Spanish.


I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of North Georgia, spending time at both the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses and creating many lasting bonds with classmates and professors alike. During my time at UNG, I completed a double major in Spanish Language and Literature and Arabic Language and Culture. As such, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the summer of 2018 and in Amman, Jordan in summer of the next year. Having never left the United States before, these experiences were incredibly educational, both in an educational as well as an academic sense. 

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