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Prof. Cynthia Cornell Awarded Lilly Endowment Fellowship

March 11, 1992

cynthia cornell bw.jpgMarch 11, 1992, Greencastle, Ind. — Cynthia E. Cornell, associate professor of English at DePauw University, has been awarded a Lilly Endowment Fellowship for 1982-83. She was one of only 11 winners selected in a competition that drew 56 candidates from 26 institutions of higher learning in Indiana.

The competition was open to scholar-teachers in mid-career who want to take a break from academic routine to pursue individually designed research programs in the United States and abroad.

"As a scholar, Professor Cornell is well schooled in the inter-relationship of vocabulary, grammar and structure of the English language," the Indianapolis-based endowment said in making the award. "As a teacher of the development of modern English, she has become increasingly aware of new and relevant scholarship in sociolinguistics, phonology and psycholinguistics. She will focus on such topics as language standardization, linguistic geography and language loyalty (the conscious retention of one's own dialect) with particular interest in sex-related differences in language."

Dr. Cornell, a member of the DePauw faculty since 1975, plans to use the fellowship at the University of Illinois in Champaign during the second semester of next year.

Cynthia Cornell earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar, received an M.A. from the University of California-Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

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