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We welcome visiting scholars to our department. The following are current visiting scholars in the Linguistics Department at the University of Florida. For more information on becoming a visiting scholar see Information for Visiting Scholars.

Lillian Atanga 
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Lilian Atanga Lem is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of Linguistics. Lilian is the Chair of the Department of Linguistics and African Languages at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon.  She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University, UK and her broad research interests include gender and language, political and media discourse using a critical discourse studies approach. Her Fulbright research specifically examines discourse, social media and political participation, focusing on how social media allows for inclusion of minority groups in social and political action. Professor Diana Boxer is her host and the Fellowship runs from October 2019- June 2020.

Lucky Dai 
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Antonio Iniesta Martinez
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Antonio Iniesta Martinez is a PhD student at the University of Granada (Spain) in the Memory and Language research group in the department of Experimental Psychology. He is visiting the Brain Language and Bilingualism Lab until December of 2019, working with Dr. Eleonora Rossi. His research interests focus on language co-activation in bilinguals’ writing production and on lexical and sublexical processing during typewriting and handwriting production. Additionally, he looks at attentional changes in monolingual and bilingual populations which may underly language selection. He has worked in writing and spelling intervention and the role of the error related negativity ERP component in children with learning disabilities, especially dyslexia.
During his stay in UF, he is studying the role of literacy in heritage speaker and late bilingual populations for the orthographic coactivation in writing production. He is carrying out research to study the importance of phonology and spelling for word writing according to the way you learned a language.

Mara van der Ploeg
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Mara van der Ploeg is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on third-age language learning, meaning language learning in people aged 65 and up. In her work, she is interested in language learning as a tool for healthy aging, as recent studies suggest language learning later in life might provide cognitive benefits. At UF she is working with Dr. Rossi on a project in which they are teaching Dutch to American seniors. She is supported by a Prins Bernhard Cultuurfondsbeurs and will be at UF until the end of January 2020.