Frances Blanchette is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Linguistics program at the Graduate Center. She is interested in the acquisition of syntax and semantics in monolinguals and bilinguals. Her current projects include an elicited repetition study of the verb ‘be’ in Spanish and English, and a study of multiple negation in English varieties. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Bilingual Education and TESOL. Prior to enrolling at CUNY she worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Dual Language teacher.