Sonia Barnes



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Assistant Professor of Spanish

I completed my B.A. in Spanish Philology at the University of Oviedo in 2005. After my B.A. I decided to move to the U.S. to pursue an M.A. in Spanish at Miami University in Ohio, where I taught my first Spanish class as a T.A. After finishing my M.A., I taught Spanish language courses at the University of Texas at Austin and at Columbus State Community College. I completed my Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics in 2013 at The Ohio State University, specializing in sociolinguistics, phonetics/phonology and language contact. As a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio State I taught lower-level and upper-division undergraduate courses on Spanish and Spanish linguistics. I joined Marquette University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2013.

My current research explores the linguistic and social factors that govern language variation and how speakers use this variation to construct their identities. My doctoral dissertation, entitled “Morphophonological variation in urban Asturian Spanish: language contact and regional identity”, explores the morphophonological variation observed in urban Asturian Spanish, particularly in the northern Spanish city of Gijón, where the contact between the regional language (Asturian) and Spanish has led to different degrees of linguistic interference.

Teaching Fields

Advanced Spanish Grammar
Spanish Phonetics
Spoken Spanish

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