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Dr. Price earned his Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University. His dissertation, directed by Dr. Albert Valdman, looked at the interplay of French language use and cultural identity among young heritage speakers of the language in Northern Maine.
His primary research focuses on the relationship between the French language and the development of Franco-Canadian cultural identity in the historically French-speaking communities of New England, in both historical and contemporary frameworks. He studies issues such as immigration, assimilation, the role of the marginalized in the Petit Canada enclaves, evolving conceptions of cultural identity, and the role of the French language in the contemporary resurgence of Franco-Canadian cultural identification.
As Director of Basic Language, his secondary area of research focuses on role of learner attitudes and perceptions in second-language learning, including perceptions of input, affective and attitudinal factors in the L2 learning environment, and how individual identity is expressed and negotiated in the language classroom.