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Brown, Esther Lynn Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Brown's research centers on the study of phonology (sounds and sound systems) from a usage-based perspective. An understanding of actual use and usage patterns is fundamental in her work. She employs large corpora of spoken Spanish which she analyzes using methods derived principally from Variation Theory. Her work establishes significant correlations between variation and use; specifically between phonological reduction and variables such as word frequency and discourse context frequencies. This line of research has implications for theories that attempt to explain the mechanisms behind language variation and change, as well as for theories of lexical representation that attempt to account for such patterns of variability.

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  • Usage-based Phonology, Language Variation and Change, Spanish in the United States, The Spanish of New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Teaching

courses taught

  • SPAN 3050 - Spanish Phonology and Phonetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Designed to teach some of the methods, techniques, and tools of descriptive linguistics as they apply to articulatory phonetics. Students analyze important contrasts between sounds of Spanish and English bymeans of phonetic transcription.
  • SPAN 3120 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Analysis of texts from morphological and syntactic perspectives. Structural and semantic characteristics of major features of Spanish are studied at the sentence level. Use of these grammatical features is then studied in selected literary texts.
  • SPAN 5430 - Seminar: Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Studies a major topic from an area such as phonology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics and literature, or applied Hispanic linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 7430.
  • SPAN 7430 - Seminar: Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Studies a major topic from an area such as phonology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics and literature, or applied Hispanic linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 5430.

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