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Rodica FrimuRodica Frimu

Assistant Professor
601C McClung Tower
Phone: 865-974-4787

Rodica Frimu is an Assistant Professor of French, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. She also serves as the Language Program Director for the lower division of French. Rodica received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. In her dissertation, Rodica examines error detection in L1 and L2 French verbal morphology, showing that general processes of inferencing are required in order to be able to reject default errors. Her main research interests are the role of grammatical organization (in L1 and L2) and working memory (limitations) in L2, as grammatical knowledge is being deployed in real time.

  • Ph.D., Indiana University


  • Frimu, R. (2020). Liaison and encha├«nement in L2 French : The role of instruction. In O. King, S. Staples, K. Yaw, & K. Hirschi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Northern Arizona University, September 2019 (pp. 77-85) 
  • Dekydtspotter, L., Black, M., Frimu, R., & Panwitz, A. (2018). Animacy-based processing loads in anaphora resolution in (non-native) French: Evidence for privileged interface representations. In J. Cho, M. Iverson, T. Judy, T. Leal, & E. Shimanskaya (Eds.), Meaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: in honor of Roumyana Slabakova.
  • Black, M., Frimu, R., Panwitz, A., Dekydtspotter, L., & Lorente-Lapole, A. (2014). Computational Cycles in (Second) Language Processing:┬á Cyclic versus Non-cyclic Integration in French. In Will Orman & Matthew James Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of the Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development,1. 51-63.

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