Sean McKinnon Ph.D.
- Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington, 2020
- M.A in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2013
- B.S. in Psychology and Spanish, Ohio State University, 2012
Previous Experience: Department of Spanish at Portuguese at Indiana University Bloomington, 2014-present
My research focuses on language variation and change in situations of language contact throughout the Spanish-speaking world. I have conducted research on Spanish in contact with English (in the United States), Catalan (in Catalonia), and Kaqchikel Maya (Guatemala).
I am also interested in pragmatics (with a focus on (mock) impoliteness theories and practices) and Spanish heritage language pedagogy.
McKinnon, Sean. (2020). Un análisis sociofonético de la aspiración de las oclusivas sordas en el español guatemalteco monolingüe y bilingüe (español-kaqchikel). Spanish in Context, 17, 1- 29.
McKinnon, Sean. (2018). An initial examination of imperfect subjunctive variation in Catalonian Spanish: A contact linguistics and usage-based approach. In J. E. MacDonald (Ed.), Contemporary trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected Papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2015 (p. 333-353). John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Philadelphia.
Elias, Vanessa, McKinnon, Sean, & Milla-Muñoz, Ángel. (2017). The effects of code-switching and lexical stress on Spanish heritage speaker vowel quality and duration. Languages, 2(4), 29. Available online at: http://www.mdpi.com/2226-471X/2/4/29
McKinnon, Sean. (2017a). TBLT instructional effects on tonal alignment and pitch range in L2 Spanish imperatives versus declaratives. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 39, 287- 317.
McKinnon, Sean. (2017b). “Building a thick skin for each other”: The use of ‘reading’ as an interactional practice of mock impoliteness in drag queen backstage talk. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 6, 90-127.