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Kirk A. Widdison
Chair, Department of Languages & International Studies, BYU-Idaho (2013-present)
Professor of Spanish, BYU-Idaho (2005-present)
Spanish Section Coordinator, Dept. of Languages & International Studies, BYU-Idaho (2009-12)
Associate Professor of Spanish, Illinois State University (1998-2005)
Visiting Professor of Spanish, Brigham Young University-Provo (1996-1997)
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Illinois State University (1991-1997)
Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures. University of California at Berkeley (1991)
M.A. Spanish Linguistics. Brigham Young University (1987)
B.A. Economics. Oregon State University (1981)
Content-Based Language Instruction & Curriculum Development. CARLA Summer Institute.
Qualification Course for Interpreters in Health Care. Morales Dimmick Translation Service.
Certification by written and oral examination (2008)
Oral Proficiency Workshops. Educational Testing Service and American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages. (1986 & 1990)
2004 "Vocales esvarabáticas en grupos consonánticos con elemento lateral". Estudios de Fonética Experimental. v. XIII, 65-78.
1998 "Phonetic Motivation for Variation in Spanish Trills". Orbis 40, 51-61.
1998 "On Nasal Variation in Dialectal Spanish". In: C. Hallen (ed.), Proceedings of the 1997 Deseret Language and Linguistic Society Symposium. Provo, Utah: BYU Linguistics Department.
1997 "Phonetic Explanations for Sibilant Patterns in Spanish". Lingua, v. 102, 253-64.
1997 "Physical Parameters behind the Stop-Spirant Alternation in Spanish". Southwest Journal of Linguistics v. 16, 73-84.
1997 "Variability in Lingual Vibrants: Changes in the Story of /r/". Language and Communication v. 17, 187-93.
1997 "Review of The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences". Southwest Journal of Linguistics v. 16, 88-90.
1996 "Two Models of Spanish s-Aspiration". Language Sciences v. 17, 329-43.
1996 "¿Por qué africada la sibilante?" Anuario de Letras v. 34, 377-81.
1996 "Physical Constraints on Sibilant-Voice Patterning in Spanish Phonology". In: J. Turley (ed.), Proceedings of the 1995 Deseret Language and Linguistic Society Symposium (pp.37-42). Provo, Utah: BYU Linguistics Dept.
1995 "In Defense of A. Alonso's Views on Old Spanish Sibilant Unvoicing". Romance Philology v. 49, 25-33.
1995 "An Acoustic and Perceptual Study of the Spanish Sound Change s > h". Rivista di Linguistica v. 7, 177-92.
1995 "On the Value of an Experimental Paradigm in Linguistics and its Application to Issues in Spanish Phonology." Neophilologus v. 79, 587-98.
1995 "The Perception of Voicing in Spanish Sibilants". In: J.M. Pardo et al. (eds.) EUROSPEECH '95. 4th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology. Proceedings: v.3 (pp.2289-91). Madrid: Brens.
1994 "An Investigation into the Acoustic Correlates of s-Aspiration in Spanish". Theoría v. 3, 113-18.
1993 "Hacia los orígenes de la s aspirada en español". Estudios de Fonética Experimental v. 5, 33-60.
1993 "Attitudes Towards Socio-economic Issues as a Function of Cultural Values: A Cross-National Study of Venezuela, Chile, and the U.S.A.". International Journal of Management v. 10, 470-77. (coauthored with J. Nicholson, L. Graf, & M. Hemmasi)
1993 "Inversión Extranjera Directa en México: Una Reseña Histórica". In J.M. Rivera & A.J. Hagan (eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Business Association of Latin American Studies (pp. 87-96). Los Angeles: Pepperdine University. (coauthored with J. Nicholson & N. Lucero Camacho)
1992 "Updating a Spanish American Grammatical Tradition: Observation on Spaulding's Revisions of A Textbook of Modern Spanish". Lucero v. 3, 74-82.
1992 "Work Related Cultural Values as Determinants of Attitude Towards Socio-economic Issues: A Cross-National Study of Venezuela, Chile, and the U.S.A.". In Proceedings of the 6th Annual Hispanic Symposium on Business and the Economy (pp. 204-10). Boulder, Colorado: University of Colorado. (coauthored with J. Nicholson, L. Rodrguez & L. Wilder).
1989 "Some Consequences of Velarization on Catalan Vowels". ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 312 899. Berkeley: University of California-Berkeley.
1987 "16th Century Spanish Sibilant Reordering: Reasons for Divergence". In: D. Strong-Krause (ed.), Proceedings of the Deseret Language and Linguistic Society: Thirteenth Annual Symposium (pp. 63-70). Provo, Utah: BYU Linguistics Department.
2008 Manual de fonética española: Articulaciones y sonidos del español. Eugenio Martínez
Celdran - author, University of Barcelona. Reviewed for Studies in Hispanic and
2005 Estructura de los Sonidos del Español. Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros - author, University of
Iowa. Reviewed for Prentice Hall publishers.
Refereed journal submissions
2011 "To aspirate or not to aspirate. The lexicalized word-initial /h/ of Taos, New Mexico".
Reviewed for Southwest Journal of Linguistics.
2010 "The Gradient Nature of s-lenition in Caleño Spanish". Reviewed for Language Variation
2009 "An Acoustic and Perceptual Analysis of Compensatory Processes in Vowels Preceding
Deleted Post-Nuclear /s/ in Andalusion Spanish". Reviewed for Studies in Hispanic and
2006 "An Acoustic Study of the 'Pre-aspirated Trill' in Narrative Cibaeño Dominican
Spanish". Reviewed for Journal of the International Phonetic Association.
Evaluation of tenure and promotion case
2010 External evaluator for Natasa Momcilovic, Assistant professor of Spanish linguistics at
Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
"Linguistic Insights into Medieval Iberian Culture". Annual Meeting of Rocky Mountain
Medieval and Renaissance Association. Rexburg, ID, June 2006.
"Perceptual awareness of vowel fragments appearing in Spanish Cr and CC environments". 2nd Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. Bloomington, Indiana, September 2004.
"Vowel perception in Spanish consonant clusters with and without /r/". 32nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO). Edinburgh, TX, October 2003.
"Liquid Clustering in Old Spanish". 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Chicago, Illinois, August 2003.
"Production and Perceptual Constraints Explain Spanish Blend Patterning". Normal Linguistics Roundtable. Illinois State University (ISU), April 2003.
"Liquid Meltdown in Spanish". Works in Progress, Department of Foreign Languages, ISU. November 2002.
"Do Performance Criteria Shape the Realization of Spanish Consonantal Blends?". 31st Annual meeting of LASSO. Los Angeles, CA, October 2002.
"Convergence of Sound Variation and Change in Spanish Phonology". 28th Annual Meeting of LASSO. San Antonio, TX, October 1999.
"Accents in Spoken Spanish". 27th Annual Meeting of LASSO. Tempe, AZ, October 1998.
"Perception of syllable-final /n/ in relation to issues of nasal weakening in dialectal Spanish". 26th Annual Meeting of LASSO. Los Angeles, CA, October 1997.
"Nasal Velarization and Effacement in Spanish". 50th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, KY, April 1997.
"Keeping the Phon(e) in Phonology: Case Studies in Spanish". Faculty Research Colloquium. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Brigham Young University, March, 1997.
"On Nasal Variation in Dialectal Spanish". Deseret Language and Linguistic Society (DLLS) Annual Symposium. Provo, UT, February, 1997.
"An Empirical Approach to Spanish Phonology". Faculty Seminar. Division of Foreign Languages, University of Texas at San Antonio. San Antonio, TX, January 1997.
"Phonetic Antecedents of the Stop/Spirant Alternation in Spanish". 25th Annual Meeting of LASSO. Baton Rouge, LA, October 1996.
"Linguistic Consequences of the Auditory Processing of Coarticulated Speech: Evidence from Spanish". AATSP Annual Convention. Orlando, FL, August 1996.
"The Aerodynamics of the Migrant Spanish Vibrant". 24th Annual Meeting of LASSO. Las Cruces, NM, October 1995.
"The Perception of Voicing in Spanish Sibilants". 4th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology (Eurospeech 95). Madrid, Spain, September 1995.
"Evidence for Sibilant Patterns in Spanish: An Experimental Update". Works In Progress Colloquium, Department of Foreign Languages, ISU. April 1995.
"Physical Constraints on Sibilant-Voice Patterning in Spanish Phonology". DLLS Annual Symposium. Provo, UT, March 1995.
"Explaining Spanish s-Aspiration: Grammar or Physics?" 23rd Annual Meeting of LASSO. Houston, TX, October 1994.
"A Psychoacoustic Experiment on the Perception of [s]". Graduate Research Symposium, ISU - Class Presentation by Phonology Group. April 1994.
"Old Spanish Sibilant Unvoicing: A Reappraisal of A. Alonso's Position". 22nd Annual Meeting of LASSO. Arlington, TX, October 1993.
"Reexamining Sound Variation and Change in Spanish Phonology through an Experimental Lens". AATSP Annual Convention. Phoenix, AZ, August 1993.
"Sibilant Voicing and Unvoicing in Spanish: Are they Related?" Works In Progress Colloquium, Department of Foreign Languages, ISU. April 1993.
"An Investigation of Perceived Aspiration in Spanish." Workshop on Cross-Language Speech Perception. Tampa, FL, May 1992.
"Studying Historical Sound Change by Present-day Experimentation". Works In Progress Colloquium, Department of Foreign Languages, ISU. April 1992.
"Investigating the origins of s-Aspiration". Brown Bag Lunch Series. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Tulane University. February 1991.
"The Linguistic Aspects of a Contemporary Sound Change in Spanish". Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL, December 1990.
"An Experimental Probe into the Mechanism of s-Aspiration". AATSP Annual Convention. Miami, FL, August 1990.
"Some Consequences of Velarization on Catalan Vowels". AATSP Annual Convention. San Antonio, TX, August 1989.
"16th Century Spanish Sibilant Reordering: Reasons for Divergence". DLLS Annual Symposium. Provo, UT, March 1987.
Associate Editor, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 1997-2004.
Steering Committee Member, In-Service and Pre-Service Teacher Education for
Teachers of English Language Learners Project (funded by US Dept. of Education), 2002-2005.
Search Committee Member, Editor of the Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 2002-2003
Executive Committee member, Linguistic Association of the Southwest, 2001-2004
Program Committee Referee, Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, 2002, 2004
Developing Committee Member, Linguistic Association of the Southwest, 1999-2001
Nominating Committee Member, Linguistic Association of the Southwest, 1995-98
Director of Division on Poetry, BYU Utah Language Fair, 1997
Program Committee Referee, LASSO Conference, 1995
Conference Session Chair, DLLS Symposium, 1995, 1997
Conference Session Chair, LASSO Conference, 1995-99, 2002-03, 2009
Curriculum Development Grant, Thomas E. Ricks Foundation, BYU-Idaho, 2013
Teaching-Learning Development Grant, Center for the Advancement of Teaching at ISU, 2005.
University Research Grant, Illinois State University, 1992-2002.
Instructional Technology Mentoring Program Grant, Faculty Technology Support Services at ISU, 2001-2002.
University Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship, University of California-Berkeley, 1990-91.
Center for Latin American Studies Research Grant, Tinker Foundation/University of California-Berkeley, 1990.
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California-Berkeley, 1989-90.
Gaspar de Portolà Catalan Studies Research Grant, University of California-Berkeley, 1989.