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, 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, 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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Will be 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.
Presenting a paper on the social stratification of Chilean vowels at NWAV 45 in Vancouver, Canada.
Giving a plenary talk at the I Jornadas Internacionales de Investigación Lingüística José Joaquín Montes in Bogota, Colombia.
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.
Version 1.6 of Lenz is now available. It includes new phonetic symbols, including IPA 110, known as "Opentail g".
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.