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Scott Sadowsky - Linguistics in Chile


I'm Scott Sadowsky, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile, and Research Associate at the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. My main research interests are sociolinguistics, phonetics, language contact and corpus linguistics. My latest project, the Sociolinguistic Corpus of Spoken Chilean Spanish (Coscach), unites all of these fields.

My research centers on a relatively under-studied variety of Spanish -- Chilean Spanish. There's nothing quite as intriguing as finding mysteries in plain sight, and this geolect is full of them. I also work on Mapudungun, an indigenous language isolate spoken in parts of Chile and Argentina. I'm currently co-directing a project to document and study the phonetic and phonological variation of Mapudungun, called --appropriately enough-- Sounds of Mapudungun.

My teaching centers on phonetics and sociolinguistics, but I've also taught subjects ranging from Praat and palatography and the history of Spanish. This semester I'm teaching Spanish Phonetics and Phonology in the Spanish Language and Literature major, as well as Sociophonetics in the Linguistics M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

I also do extension -- bringing the goodness of linguistics to the general public, by way of ¡Usted sí lo dice!, a blog hosted by cognitive science and humanities site Tercera cultura (in Spanish), as well as informal talks.

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July 2017

Presenting a paper on evidence for Mapuche influence on two phonological and one morphological trait of Chilean Spanish at the ALFAL conference in Bogotá.

December 2016 - February 2017

At the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History's Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution in Jena, Germany, as a visiting researcher.

November 2016

Presenting a paper on the social stratification of Chilean vowels at NWAV 45 in Vancouver, Canada.

September 2016

Giving a plenary talk at the I Jornadas Internacionales de Investigación Lingüística José Joaquín Montes in Bogota, Colombia.

July 2016

Version 1.0.5 of Perkins is now available. This new version offers several new features and corrects a longstanding bug in the assignment of stress to words exhibiting a phonemic pattern which is rare in Spanish in genenral, but which is an integral part of the Chilean voseo verb paradigm.

June 2016

Version 1.6 of Lenz is now available. It includes new phonetic symbols, including IPA 110, known as "Opentail g".

December 2015

Sadowsky, S., M.J. Aninao. M.I. Cayunao & P. Heggarty. 2015. Huilliche: ¿geolecto del mapudungun o lengua propia? Una mirada desde la fonética y la fonología de las consonantes. In: Fernández Garay, A. & A. Regúnaga, eds. Lingüística indígena sudamericana: aspectos descriptivos, comparativos y areales. Buenos Aires: Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires.

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November 2015

I'm very pleased to have been awarded a three-year FONDECYT grant, #11150900, for my research project titled "Traces of contact: The role of Mapudungun in the formation of the phonetic and phonological systems of Chilean Spanish".

June 2015

Sadowsky, S. 2015. Variación sociofonética de las consonantes del castellano chileno [Sociophonetic variation in Chilean Spanish consonants]. Sociolinguistic Studies 9(1). 71-92. doi:10.1558/sols.v9i1.19927.

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May 2015

Version 2.7 BETA of MaSCoT is available. This new version can process all the recordings in a given root folder recursively, with no user intervention required.

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April 2015

Uploaded a new Praat tutorial (the third so far). This one covers how to measure pitch (F0), vowel formants (F1 and F2), intensity, voice quality (jitter, shimmer, HNR) and the center of gravity of fricatives. Available here.