Chair, Foreign Languages Department
of Foreign Languages
My research interests encompass language contact situations, Ibero-Romance linguistics, Creole language studies, Phonetics and Phonology. I am especially interested in the differences and similarities between Latin American varieties of Spanish and Portuguese. My doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of the plural /s/ morpheme in Brazilian Portuguese and varieties of Caribbean Spanish. I try to incorporate my research into my teaching by fostering respect for social and regional dialects in all of my language classes. While teaching Portuguese at Bridgewater State College, I came into contact with several heritage learners of Portuguese. I have since then conducted research into the particular issues that concern heritage language pedagogy. For more detailed information on my professional life, please see my resume.