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This thesis examines the role of gender in three versions of Carme Riera’s short story “Te entrego, amor, la mar como una ofrenda” [I Leave You, My Love, the Sea as an Offering] – the Spanish-language source text, and my own translations into English and French. As romance languages such as...
This thesis investigated the effects of implicit causality and pronominal form, i.e., null and overt pronouns, in Spanish anaphora resolution. A visual world eye-tracking experiment and a self-paced listening task were used with adult monolingual speakers of Mexican Spanish to assess two research...
Political Ideology and Heritage Language Development in a Chilean Exile Community: A Multiple Case StudyDownload
Our current understanding of Spanish heritage language development (HLD) in the English-speaking world is largely restricted to non-refugee Hispanic groups in the United States (Potowski & Rothman, 2011). The present thesis addresses this gap by probing the relationship between the leftist...
Word-final rhotics are realized differently across the various dialects of Spanish. This research contributes to our knowledge of this variation by investigating the production of the voiced alveolar tap in Castilian Spanish in word final position by analysing infinitive verbs. The present...
Spanish Dialectal Variation in the Foreign Language Classroom: Students' Attitudes, Instructors' Beliefs and Teaching Practices, and Treatment of Variation in TextbooksDownload
Communicative competence is a key concept in the field of foreign/second language (FL/L2) teaching and learning. In fact, the development of the learner’s communicative competence is one of the essential goals of FL/L2 teaching. In Bachman’s model (1990) of Communicative Language Ability,...
Using a qualitative ethnographic approach, this research investigated the situation of the Tsotsil language spoken in Chenalhó, Chiapas, Mexico, by focusing on the implementation of a Spanish-Tsotsil bilingual elementary school. It was possible to discover that the Tsotsil language is still alive...
Subject realization and crosslinguistic interference in the bilingual acquisition of Spanish and English: what is the role of the input?Download
This study investigated whether crosslinguistic interference occurs in the domain of subject realization in Spanish in a bilingual acquisition context. We were also interested in exploring whether the source of the interference is due to child-internal crosslanguage contact between English and...
The study of translation of children’s literature is a recent phenomenon. The goal of this study is to explore the extent to which a translator needs to accommodate a child reader by making the text conform to the target culture. I examine two mainstream dual theories: “domestication”, which...
Unity, Diversity, Anonymity: An ethno-linguistic portrait of the Spanish speaking population of Edmonton, AlbertaUnidad, diversidad, anonimidad: un retrato etnolingüístico de la población hispanohablante de Edmonton, Alberta, CanadáDownload
This thesis describes the role of Spanish as a common language in the construction of social networks among the diverse Spanish-speaking population of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Analysis of the data confirms the low public visibility of the community observed initially, despite the even larger...
SSHRC Awarded IDG 2016: The research project will create a trilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) online resource (website) mapping the relationships between contemporary Latin American poetry and the environment. This website will be addressed to both general readers of poetry and to students...