Dr. Sonia Colina's areas of expertise are Spanish phonology (Optimality Theory, syllable structure) and Translation Studies (translation pedagogy, translation quality and translation in health care). She is the author of Fundamentals of Translation (2015), Syllable Structure in Spanish (Georgetown University, 2009), Translation Teaching: From Research to the Classroom (McGraw-Hill, 2003), the co-editor of Fonología generativa contemporánea de la lengua española, Optimality-Theoretic Studies in Spanish Phonology, and Romance Linguistics 2009: Selected Proceedings of the 39th LSRL, and the author of numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals. In addition to her publications, Professor Colina has served as an investigator and consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson foundation (Hablamos Juntos program) and is currently a research team member in the UA’s NIH funded-project Oyendo Bien (Hearing Well) (with faculty from Speech and Hearing and Public Health) which uses the Community Health Worker model to improve access to care by limited English proficient populations with chronic hearing loss on the Arizona-Mexico border. She is responsible for the translation/language mediation aspect of the grant. She is also a Co-Investigator on another NIH grant with the UA’s Department of Management of Information Systems on Spanish/English automatic text simplification. Sonia Colina is a founding member and President of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association (ATISA) (www.atisa.org).
This course continues the study of the generative analysis of the phonological system of Spanish started in Spanish phonology I. SPAN 580 (Spanish Phonology II) reviews recent analyses of important phonological processes of Spanish, highlighting advances, difficulties and unresolved theoretical and empirical issues. The course aims to provide students with: (a) the knowledge and resources necessary to read and critique/analyze generative analyses of the phonological system of Spanish; (b) a general understanding of major theoretical models of phonology through their application to Spanish; (c) a general understanding of the challenges presented by Spanish to modern linguistic analysis, as well as the ability to formulate research questions. Students who wish to enroll in the course are required to have a sound knowledge of the descriptive facts of the phonology of Spanish and of major concepts/tools of generative phonology.