Whilst working for two years with West African immigrant communities in Washington D.C., I discovered I had a keen interest in languages and the ways in which they evolve and are changed by the people that speak them. Upon my arrival at the University of Exeter as an undergraduate in 2007, I pursued every opportunity I was offered to further my study of linguistics within both the Modern Languages department and as a TESOL student. I earned a BA in French with TESOL in 2011 and stayed at Exeter to complete an MRes in European Languages and Cultures, the topic of my thesis being the role of English as a global lingua franca. It was an easy decision to remain at Exeter for the PhD given my strong ties with the institution and faculty. I am currently researching language vitality and obsolescence as a part of my thesis. My project focusses on Gallo, the romance language of Upper Brittany; in particular the changing attitudes and opinions of Gallo speakers as they attempt to negotiate the divide between national and regional identities.