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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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December 2018 - March 2019

I'm currently 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.