Sarah Little

Graduate Teaching Associate
Students

Sarah is a first year Ph.D. student studying Hispanic Linguistics, specializing in phonetics and phonology as seen from a sociolinguistic perspective. Following her experience as a Fulbright scholar in Guatemala, her research interests include phonetic variation within Guatemalan Spanish stemming from the situation of language contact between Spanish and Mayan languages. Her Master’s thesis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign investigated the production of the Spanish trill, as seen through a comparison of monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish-Mayan language speakers in Guatemala. She has previously investigated the variation in French rhotic pronunciation in Parisian French.

In the future, Sarah would like to broaden her research profile to analyze language attitudes around phonetic variation and forms of address in Guatemalan Spanish; additionally, she would like to explore the role of segmentals and suprasegmentals in perceptions of foreign accentedness in English.

Areas of Expertise
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Contact
Education
  • Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, The Ohio State University (in progress)
  • M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • B.A., Spanish & French, The Ohio State University, 2012

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