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Bethany Bateman McDonald

Bethany Bateman McDonald
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Hello! / Hola! / Allin p'unchay!

My name is Bethany Bateman. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Hispanic Linguistics program at UGA. During 2016-2018 I taught courses in Quechua (1001/1002/2001/2002) for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI), and I currently work to build the Quechua program's presence at UGA and in the Athens community. I also serve as Instructor of Record for the Spanish Program in the Department of Romance Languages.

My current research interests include but are not limited to: language contact, Quechua, Andean Spanish, sociolinguistics & studies in bilingualism/SLA. My dissertation investigates variation in the verbal system of Andean Spanish, a contact variety resulting from Spanish-Quechua language contact. Specifically, I examine innovative use of the Present Perfect across monolingual and bilingual speakers in Cusco, Peru.

If you have any questions about my research or would like to know more about the Quechua program at UGA, feel free to send me an email ( Looking forward to hearing from you!


In 2012, I graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a B.A. in Spanish and a second B.A. in International Studies with a regional concentration in Latin America.

I continued my studies at UGA, graduating in 2015 with a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean studies. My thesis used historical documents (Spanish translations of oral narratives) to identify evidentiality in Wounaan Meu, an indigenous language spoken in the Darién Gap region in Panama.

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A number of papers by students in the Departments of Romance Languages and Linguistics have been accepted for presentation at the 21st Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), which will take place on the campus of Texas Tech University October 26-28. Please join us for a special practice event in anticipation of HLS 21 on…

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