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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

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.

PORT 425 – Advanced Grammar, Composition, and Writing Skills

For more advanced students to increase comprehension of written Portuguese, to practice written skills, and to prepare for transition from language learning to the study of literature.

SPAN 584B – Spanish Sociolinguistics II : Language Variation

This course is an introduction to the study of Hispanic sociolinguistics from a variationist perspective. Main theoretical and methodological issues will be discussed based on examples drawn from studies of variation in Spanish. Our main focus will be on the role of Spanish in its social context as the basis for understanding issues central to observation, description, and explanation of linguistic variation and change across time. This approach allows for a close examination of the straight correlations between linguistic variation (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical) and external constraints (pragmatic, social, and stylistic). Readings, exercises, and discussions will center on methods of data collection (e.g. sociolinguistic interview), variable rule analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.