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Scott Sadowsky - Linguistics in Chile


I'm Scott Sadowsky, asociate professor of Linguistics at the Universdad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile, and director of the university's Center for Research on Language, Cognition and Culture (CILCC).

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 Sociolinguistics and Phonetics and Phonology at the Universidad de La Frontera.

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).

For contact information, click here.



November 2014

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.

October 2014

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.

August / September 2014

Teaching an intensive course on phonetics for the M.A. in Linguistics program at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in General Roca, Argentina.

May 2014

Version 2.1 of my Praat syntax highlighting file for Notepad++ is now available. Get it here.

November 2013

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.

September 2013

Teaching an intensive course on advanced phonetics and linguistic fieldwork at the Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Bariloche, Argentina.

June 2013

Perkins is now published under the GNU General Public License v3.

May 2013

Sadowsky, S. 2013. The influence of Mapudungun on Chilean Spanish: the case of the vowel systemThird Conference on American Indigenous Languages. Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Bariloche, Argentina, 15-17 May.

April 2013

Sadowsky, S., H. Painequeo, G. Salamanca & H. Avelino. 2013. Illustrations of the IPA: Mapudungun. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 43 (1): 87-96.

December 2012

Doing a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

October 2012

Version 1.3 of Lenz is out. It add true orthographic notation brackets.

September 2012

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.

A new version of MaSCoT, a Praat script for performing complex searches in annotated corpora and extracting the results, is available.

August 2012

Version 2.0 of the Lifcach word frequency list is out. It corrects a minor error that was present in previous versions.

June 2012

Doing fieldwork on Mapudungun in Argentina with Paul Heggarty.

June 8, 2012

Sadowsky, S. Chilean Spanish reference vowels. 5th National Phonetics Conference. Temuco, Chile, 7-8 June 2012.

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January 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)