Elaine Shenk, Ph.D.
Office: Bellarmine 330 A
Dr. Shenk teaches in three different programs: Spanish, Linguistics, and Latin American Studies. This includes courses on Spanish Conversation and Spanish Composition (SPA 301/302), Spanish in the Community (service-learning SPA 360) Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (SPA 380), Spanish Dialectology (SPA 466), and Language Contact and Politics in the U.S. (SPA 467). She also teaches a First-Year Seminar on Language, Communication, and Culture (LIN 150), Sociolinguistics (LIN 317), Phonetics (LIN 320), and Bilingualism and Language Diversity (LIN 401).
- Forthcoming (2014). Teaching Sociolinguistic Variation in the Intermediate Language Classroom: El voseo in Latin America, in the journal Hispania, expected in volume 97.3.
- 2013. H.R. 2499 Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010: Language Policy and the Burton Amendment, in the Journal of Language and Politics, 12(4): 583-605.
- 2012. Puerto Rico’s language officialization debates: Perspectives from a mountain corridor community. CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 24(1): 90-119.
- 2011. Instrumental, Integrative, and Intrinsic: A Self-Determination Framework for Orientations Towards Language in a Puerto Rican Community. The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics 14(1): 155-176.
- 2011. Constructing Perspectives on Language Diversity in the U.S. Midwest. Spanish in Context 8(1): 144-168.
- 2011. Language officialization in Puerto Rico: Group-making discourses of protectionism and receptivity. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies 8(2): 176-202.
- 2008. Choosing Spanish: Dual Language Immersion and Familial Ideologies. In Bilingualism and Linguistic Identity, ed. by Mercedes Niño-Murcia and Jason Rothman, 221-256. Philadelphia: Benjamins.
- 2003. Characteristics of a Diglossic Society: An Ethnolinguistic Case Study of Three Communities in Guatemala. In Theory, Practice, and Acquisition: Papers from the 6th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium and the 5th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, ed. by Paula Kempchinsky and Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros, 227-238. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla.
Her teaching and research interests include:
- Spanish in the U.S.
- Language Contact
- Language Ideologies
- Language Policy/Language Planning