Modern Languages 544
Office Hours
Tuesdays 2:30-2:30 in Zoom
Thursdays 12:30-1:30 in ML 544.
Carvalho, Ana Maria

Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics. She is the Director of the Portuguese Language Program, an affiliated faculty of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT), and holds a courtesy appointment in Linguistics. She is interested in the fields of sociolinguistics, languages in contact, and bilingualism. In these fields, she carries out research mainly related to language variation and change. She is especially intrigued by the development of parallel variable grammars in situations of prolonged language contact on borderlands. She welcomes students in her classes and in her office who share the same research interests. She also welcomes students interested in language attitudes, language ideology, code-switching, sociolinguistic corpus building, and the application of LVC methods to language and dialect acquisition. When not working she is enjoying family life, yoga, fiction, traveling, and cooking.

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Currently Teaching

PORT 101 – 1st Semester Portuguese

Communicative approach, emphasis on all language skills. Recommended for students with no previous experience with the language.

SPAN 584A – Spanish Sociolinguistics I : Language Contact

This course presents an overview of sociolinguistic issues pertaining to the contact between languages in general and the contact between Spanish with other languages in particular. We will discuss basic concepts that emerge in this field of inquiry, such as diglossia, language maintenance, attrition, shift, convergence, code-switching, and borrowing, and apply these concepts to our discussion of contexts that involve Spanish. We will read about speech communities where Spanish is the majority language (in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America) and the minority language (in the United States). We will compare these situations and discuss how linguistic and extra-linguistic factors influence the output of contact, from both qualitative and quantitative viewpoints.

SPAN 696D – Hispanic Linguistics

This course is designed to explore theoretical and applied issues involving language and linguistics. Throughout the course we will examine an array of perspectives. In the light of the readings students will develop original research projects.