Scott Sadowsky - Linguistics in Chile
I'm Scott Sadowsky, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Catholic University of Chile in Santigo, Chile. My main research interests are sociolinguistics, phonetics and language contact, with occasional forays into 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, sociolinguistics and the history of Spanish, but I've also taught subjects ranging from Praat and palatography to critical discourse analysis. This semester I'm teaching Phonetics and Phonology applied to Language Disorders in the Speech and Language Therapy major, as well as Phonetics and Phonology and Phonological Studies in the Linguistics M.A. and Ph.D. programs.
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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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Sounds of Mapudungun, a joint project between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Universidad de La Frontera, now has its own web page. Check it out here.
Giving a weeklong seminar on phonetics and phonology to some 300 Quechua teacher trainers in Cusco, Perú. The event is organized by the Ministry of Education's intercultural, bilingual and rural education division.
Teaching an intensive course on phonetics for the M.A. in Linguistics program at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in General Roca, Argentina.
Version 2.1 of my Praat syntax highlighting file for Notepad++ is now available. Get it here.
Sadowsky, S. & M.J. Aninao. 2013. Ethnolect denialism: Number non-agreement in the Spanish of monolingual Mapuches. 20th International Conference of the Chilean Linguistics Society (SOCHIL). Concepción (Chile), 27-29 November.
Sadowsky, S. & P. Heggarty. 2013. Sounds of the Andean Languages: Mapudungun. Quantifying dialect diversity using phonetic features. 20th International Conference of the Chilean Linguistics Society (SOCHIL). Concepción (Chile), 27-29 November.
Teaching an intensive course on advanced phonetics and linguistic fieldwork at the Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Bariloche, Argentina.
Perkins is now published under the GNU General Public License v3.
Sadowsky, S. 2013. The influence of Mapudungun on Chilean Spanish: the case of the vowel system. Third Conference on American Indigenous Languages. Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Bariloche, Argentina, 15-17 May.
Sadowsky, S., H. Painequeo, G. Salamanca & H. Avelino. 2013. Illustrations of the IPA: Mapudungun. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 43 (1): 87-96.
Doing a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Version 1.3 of Lenz is out. It add true orthographic notation brackets.
Version 1.2 of Lenz, the IPA keyboard remapper, is available. This version adds a series of Praat-specific enhancements -- now you can use your mousewheel to zoom in and out, move between tiers, scroll forward and backward and move between intervals.
Version 2.0 of the Lifcach word frequency list is out. It corrects a minor error that was present in previous versions.
Doing fieldwork on Mapudungun in Argentina with Paul Heggarty.
Sadowsky, S. Chilean Spanish reference vowels. 5th National Phonetics Conference. Temuco, Chile, 7-8 June 2012.
Sadowsky, S. & G. Salamanca. 2011. The phonetic inventory of Chilean Spanish: Guiding principles, provisional inventory of consonants and system of representation (IPA-CL). Onomázein 24 (2): 61-84. (In Spanish)