Professor Simonet is a phonetician and laboratory phonologist, and he specializes in comparative Iberian Romance (Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Spanish) linguistics. Professor Simonet's main professional goal is to comprehend the relation between speech behavior (production, perception) and mental representations of speech sounds (phonology). Some of the scholarly interests of Professor Simonet include: experimental phonetics and phonology, psycholinguistics (lexical processing), historical comparative phonology (sound change), bilingualism, and second language development. He is also interest in quantitative research methods, experiment design, and statistics. Professor Simonet's work has appeared in reputable scholarly journals such as Journal of Phonetics, Language & Speech, Phonetica, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Second Language Research, International Journal of Bilingualism, Linguistics, Lingua, Probus, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, and Hispania.
This course serves as an introduction to the structure of the Spanish language. It's a course on how to understand Spanish grammar (and grammar or language structure as a whole) so you might critically reflect on the language to get a deep command of it on your own in the years to come. The course is organized around four basic perspectives on the study of the structure of Spanish: (1) the structure of the Spanish sound inventory, (2) the structure of Spanish words, (3) the structure of Spanish sentences, (4) the structure of the Spanish language in its societies.
This course serves as an introduction to the instrumental and experimental study of the sounds of Spanish (phonetics). In particular, it focuses on the study of speech production, i.e. articulatory and acoustic phonetics. Students will acquire the basic tools to conduct experimental research using state-of-the-art equipment.