I am a Master's student in Hispanic Linguistics and teach Spanish 1001 as well as assisting Spanish 4090S.
I obtained my BA in Romance Languages (Spanish and Italian) and Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2009. Upon graduation, I spent almost two years in Peru and Chile, alternatively teaching English and working on farms. I have worked for more than five years as a medical Spanish interpreter here in Athens, Georgia. Now decided to obtain my Master's, my research interests include:
- historical and synchronic variation, both between Romance Languages and within dialects of Spanish and Portuguese
- phonetics & phonology, especially vowel variation
- periphrases and aspect
- South American Spanish
- structural & phonetic differences in European and Brazilian Portuguese
I am currently researching, under the guidance of Dr. Chad Howe, Dr. Timothy Gupton and Dr. Gary Baker, and with the help of the LACSI Graduate Field Research Award, an emerging periphrasis used in northern Peru to describe actions that would normally take the present progressive. This research was presented at the 2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium in Lubbock, Texas.
I will be presenting research on English influence on heritage speakers' use of the present progressive at this year's Crossroads conference, put on by UGA's Romance Language Graduate Student Organization in February.