Scott Schwenter

Professor | Hispanic Linguistics

Scott Schwenter is a variationist sociolinguist and pragmaticist, working on grammatical issues in both Spanish and Portuguese, including comparative aspects of the two languages. His work is corpus-based, and features multivariate statistical analysis of broad-scale patterns across different varieties of Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Schwenter is primarily interested in the contextual conditioning of linguistic variables, and why speakers choose to express things in a given way when they are faced with multiple options for conveying the same content. His most recent work has focused on the pronominal systems of both Spanish and Portuguese and also on negation in Romance languages more generally.

His most recent publication, titled "Entrenchment and Persistence in Language Change: the Spanish Past Subjunctive" was published in Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory in 2017.   Dr. Schwenter has also published articles in Language Sciences, Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics, and Gramatica y Discurso.

Areas of Expertise
  • Variation Analysis
  • Pragmatics
  • (1998) Ph.D., Linguistics, Stanford University.
  • (1993) M.A., Linguistics, University of New Mexico.
  • (1990) B.A., Spanish and Sociology, Saginaw Valley State University, MI.

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