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Justin Davidson

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Dialectal diversification and language change
  • Socio-phonetic variation
  • Quantitative methods and analysis in variationist approaches to language variation
  • Language contact, particularly between Spanish and Catalan
  • Bilingualism
  • Diachronic language change and diaspora variety development

Research Description

  • The dynamics of L1-L2 phonetic transfer are the focus of my research, which, treated as the aggregate product of individual second language acquisition, additionally speak to the broader community dynamics of language change and language contact as exemplified in the bilingual (Spanish-Catalan) autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)
  • M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
  • B.A. in the Teaching of Spanish (with Summa Cum Laude College Latin Hours & Highest Distinction Departmental Honors), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008) ----- K-12 Spanish Teaching License issued by the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board 8/23/2008

Distinctions / Awards

  • Nina Baym Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
  • Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
  • Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese Departmental Citizenship Award, Spring 2013
  • Darlene F. Wolf Fellowship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching Excellence, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Spring 2012
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Fall 2011 - Summer 2012
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Award for Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese Linguistics, Fall 2011 --- "The diffusion of the velarized lateral into Catalan Contact Spanish"
  • Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portguese Research Fellowship, Summer 2011 --- "Bi-directional Phonetic Interference between Spanish and Catalan"
  • School of Literatures, Languages, and Linguistics Humanities Fellowship, Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
  • Anthony M. Pasquariello Award for Graduate Students, Spring 2010 --- "Phonetic interference of Catalan in Barcelonan Spanish: A Sociolinguistic perspective"
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Fall 2009 - Summer 2010
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Award for Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese Linguistics, Fall 2009 --- "Insular Catalan dialects: Rethinking linguistic drift in language change"
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Fall 2008 - Summer 2009
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (*Additionally rated as Outstanding), Fall 2008*, Spring 2009*, Fall 2010*, Spring 2011*, Spring 2013*, Fall 2013*, Spring 2014*

Grants

  • Graduate College Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2013 --- "Social Underpinnings of Phonetic Variation in Lateral Velarization: The Case of Spanish in Contact with Catalan" ; Phonetics, Phonology, and Languages in Contact (PPLC 2013)
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant, Fall 2012 --- "The Social Dynamics of Language Variation and Change in Catalan Contact Spanish"
  • SLATE Conference Travel Grant, Spring 2012 --- "The diffusion of the velarized lateral into Catalan Contact Spanish" ; 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 42)
  • Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese Conference Travel Grant, Fall 2010 --- "Early language experience facilitates gender processing in Spanish Heritage speakers" ; 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 35)
  • Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant, Spring 2010 --- "Phonetic interference of Catalan in Barcelonan Spanish: A Sociolinguistic perspective"

Publications

Book Contributions

Journal Articles

  • Davidson, Justin. "A comparison of fricative voicing and lateral velarization phenomena in Barcelona: A variationist approach to Spanish in Contact with Catalan." Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 6 (2014): 223-244. <https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/rllt.6.11dav/details>.
  • Davidson, Justin. "Accounting for relic variant maintenance in Insular Catalan dialects: Implications for linguistic drift theory." Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 46.1 (2014): 121-135. <http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cls/pcls/2010/00000046/00000001/art00009>.
  • Montrul, Silvina, Justin Davidson, Israel de la Fuente, and Rebecca Foote. "Early language experience facilitates the processing of gender agreement in Spanish heritage speakers." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2013): 1-21. 8 Apr. 2013. <http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S1366728913000114>.
  • Davidson, Justin. "Phonetic interference of Catalan in Barcelonan Spanish: A Sociolinguistic approach to lateral velarization." Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. (Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press) (2012): 319-339. 2 Mar. 2012. <http://www.lingref.com/cpp/hls/14/index.html>.
  • Montrul, Silvina, Israel de la Fuente, Justin Davidson, and Rebecca Foote. "The role of experience in the acquisition and production of diminutives and gender in Spanish: Evidence from L2 learners and heritage speakers." Second Language Research 29.1 (2012): 87-118. <http://slr.sagepub.com/content/29/1/87>.
  • Davidson, Justin, Israel de la Fuente, Silvina Montrul, and Rebecca Foote. "Early language experience facilitates gender processing in Spanish heritage speakers." Proceedings Supplement of the 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development (2011): 1 Aug. 2011. <http://www.bu.edu/bucld/proceedings/supplement/vol35/>.