Dr. Catherine Fountain

Language(s)/Subject(s) taught:Spanish, Linguistics, TESL
Teaching/Research:Linguistic historiography, historical linguistics, language variation and change, indigenous languages of the Americas, language policy in the Spanish-speaking world, phonetics & phonology
Degrees/Certifications:PhD, (2006) University of California-Los Angeles
MA, (2000) University of California-Los Angeles
BA, (1997) Cornell University 
Academic achievement:

Current research projects include a study of Mission-era descriptions of the Native languages of California, a project studying the history of Spanish in California, and continuing study of the description of Nahuatl during the colonial period in Mexico.

In addition to teaching courses in both Spanish and TESL/Applied Linguistics, I help to coordinate the World Language Education program at ASU. 

I am proud to have been awarded a UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and to have been nominated for a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor Award three times, in 2008, 2012, and 2013.

Selected Publications/Presentations:
  • Challenging the Monolingual Status Quo: Heritage Speakers and the Future of Spanish in the U.S. Hispania 100:4 (2017)
  • Transculturation, Assimilation, and Appropriation in the Missionary Representation of Nahuatl. in Colonialism and Missionary Linguistics, eds. Klaus Zimmermann and Birte Kellermeier-Rehbein. Berlin: De Gruyter (2015)
  • Father Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta’s Work on California’s Native Languages. Historiographia Linguistica 40:1/2 (2013)
  • Los traductores automáticos en el aula: problemática y soluciones. in Unplugged : la palabra como nueva tecnología, ed. by Margarita García Casado et al. Madrid: Akal. (2013)
  • Pitch Perception, Working Memory, and Second-Language Phonological Production. Psychology of Music 39:4. (2011) Co-authored.
  • Adaptación socioléxica en la Historia de las Indias: la semántica cultural de la pesca y el pescado. in Visiones del encuentro de dos mundos en América: lengua, cultura, traducción y transculturación, ed. by Karen Dakin, Mercedes Montes de Oca and Claudia Parodi. Mexico City: UNAM (2009)
  • Worthy the Name of a Grammar: Verb Morphology and Conjugation in Carochi’s Arte de la Lengua Mexicana (1645) and Eliot’s The Indian Grammar Begun (1666). Historiographia Linguistica 34:2/3 (2009)
  • Maya and Nahuatl in the Teaching of Spanish: Expanding the Professional Perspective. in From Practice to Profession: Dimension 2007. (2007) Co-authored.

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Sanford Hall
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ASU Box 32063
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DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

LARC Director
Dr. Paul Sebastian
524 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2932

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