Kim Potowski researches the Spanish of MexiRicans in Chicago

For a long time, the number of variationist research projects being done on the language of Hispanics in this country was embarrassingly small.  Some might argue that it still is, but it does appear to be getting better.  

Here’s an older link to an abstract for a talk by Kim Potowski (University of Illinois) which addresses Spanish dialect contact between Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans in Chicago.  

UIC TiL: Kim Potowski « Bilingualism Research Today.

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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