Dr. Benjamin Souza

Language(s) taught:Spanish Linguistics
Teaching/Research:I teach all levels of Spanish and specialize in Spanish linguistics. I study a wide array of second language acquisition topics and Spanish phonetics and dialectology.  
Degrees/Certifications:PhD, (2010) Pennsylvania State University
MA, (2006) Brigham Young University
BA, (2000) Idaho State University 
Academic achievement:I had the opportunity to spend fall semester (2013) in Santander, Spain with a group of study abroad students and my family. I have also gone with Alternative Service Experience groups to San Diego, CA, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. I am currently investigating topics related to beginning Spanish learners' lexical development as well as foreign accentedness. I co-coordinate our Spanish Education majors and our beginning and intermediate Spanish courses.
Publications/Presentations:

January 2013
Conference Presentation, Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina (SLINKI)
Title: Beginning English-Spanish learners’ pronunciation in self-guided practice sessions


August 2012
Published Article, Anderson, T. K. & Souza, B. J. (2012). English-Spanish bilinguals’ attitudes toward L2 pronunciation: Do they identify with native Spanish speakers? In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 27-38). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.


September 2011
Conference Presentation, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT)
Title: English-Spanish bilinguals’ attitudes toward L2 pronunciation: Do they identify with native Spanish speakers?


August 2011
Published Article, James Posedel, Lisa Emery, Benjamin Souza, & Catherine Fountain. Pitch Perception, Working Memory, and Second-Language Phonological Production. Psychology of Music, Published online before print, Sage Journals, August 16, 2011, doi: 10.1177/0305735611415145


January 2011
Conference Presentation, Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina (SLINKI)
Title: Frequency effects on EA vowel sequences in Spanish


September 2010
Conference Presentation, Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology (LARP) Conference
Title: Hiatus resolution in Spanish: an experimental study


September 2009
Conference Presentation, Linguistic Association of the Southwest
Title: English-Spanish bilinguals’ attitudes toward L2 pronunciation

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