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Simonet, Miquel
Associate Professor

"The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession." Sherlock Holmes in The Valley of Fear, Arthur C. Doyle.

Research & Scholarship. Miquel Simonet is an experimental phonologist. Experimental phonologists employ the auxiliary theories and methods of instrumental phonetics and experimental psycholinguistics to investigate phonological competence, representation. Miquel's principal area of expertise within laboratory phonology is bilingual and second-language phonological competence, which he studies by analyzing the production, perception, and processing of the sounds and (the phonological structure of) words in (emergent) bilinguals. A second area of expertise of his is phonetic and phonological variation and change, with a focus on Iberian Romance (in particular, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese). Miquel's publications have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Phonetics, the Journal of the International Phonetic AssociationLanguage and Speech, Second Language Research, the International Journal of Bilingualism, Phonetica, Laboratory PhonologyLinguistics, Probus, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, LanguagesHispania, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. See Faculty Profile > Scholarly Contributions for a list of publications and Google Scholar for approximate citation impact.

Professional Service. Miquel is(or has been) Associate Editor of Journal of Phonetics (2022-2025) and of Applied Psycholinguistics (2018-2021), and is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Second Language Research, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Laboratory Phonology. Miquel currently serves as main (or default) advisor to all PhD and MA students in the Hispanic Linguistics tracks. Between January 2019 and July 2022, Miquel was Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish & Portuguese. Since January 2018, Miquel chairs the Cognitive Dimensions concentration in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT GIDP) doctoral program. Since August 2021, he serves as the COH IRB Liaison, which means that, among other things, he leads the scholarly review process in COH and is available to faculty and graduate students in COH regarding the IRB process. Miquel is also member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Linguistics.

Graduate Advising & Mentoring. One of Miquel's goals as a mentor is to help create a collaborative, lab-centered culture in which experimental research is conducted by a small team of researchers rather than by individuals working alone on their own (personal) projects and pursuing only their own interests. In a laboratory, team members work on subprojects, closely connected to each others', under an umbrella project. In this way, the team is able to address bigger questions more deeply and thoroughly. It is not easy to find a place for collaborative empiricism in the modern humanities, which tend to value philosophical trendiness and individualism. The empirical humanities value intellectual modesty, thoroughness, and objective verification, an approach it shares with the behavioral (and some of the social) sciences. Miquel will continue to invite his students to consider his approach to conducting research. Miquel welcomes inquiries from prospective students who would like to write their doctoral dissertation on phonological variation and change in Iberian Romance, Ibero-Romance laboratory phonology, or second language phonetics and phonological processing. Miquel can supervise student researchers in both the PhD Program in Hispanic Linguistics (Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese) and the PhD Program in SLAT (Graduate College GIDP). He will only consider advising dissertators who, by the time they advance to candidacy, have taken two graduate courses with him (SPAN 583A, and SPAN 583C or SPAN 599). Ideally, they would have also taken at least one graduate course in statistics (e.g., LING 507) and phonetics/phonology or psycholinguistics courses in the Department of Linguistics (e.g., LING 515).

Vita. Miquel graduated with a PhD in Spanish, with a designated emphasis in Romance Linguistics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008), where he wrote his dissertation as an advisee of Professor José I. Hualde. The other three members of his dissertation committee were Professor Jennifer Cole, Professor Ana M. Escobar, and Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal. Miquel has been at the University of Arizona since 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. He was born and raised on the island of Majorca, on the western Mediterranean, and his native language is Catalan. His personal interests include literature (both fiction and creative nonfiction) and landscapes (contemplating and photographing them).

Currently Teaching

SPAN 360 – Introduction to the Linguistic Analysis of Spanish

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.

SPAN 499H – Honors Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

SPAN 583C – Research Methods in Spanish Phonetics

This course introduces the fundamental tools to conduct research in Spanish experimental phonetics and phonology. It introduces topics such as hypothesis testing and experimental design, data collection and analysis, and reproducibility and statistics. Students will be working on an original research project in Spanish phonetics while developing their command of quantitative research methods as used in this field. At the end of this course, students will be able to carry out quantitative research in phonetics independently.

SPAN 594 – Practicum

Graduate students will develop practical skills to design and teach upper-level undergraduate courses in an area of specialization.

SPAN 599 – Independent Study

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

SPAN 920 – Dissertation

Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).