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Welcome! Let’s fight the good fight against linguistic injustice together!

My name is Tris Faulkner (@trisfaulkner) and I received a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics, from Georgetown University, in 2021. In April of 2021, I defended my dissertation (titled: “A Systematic Investigation of the Spanish Subjunctive: Mood Variation in Subjunctive Clauses”), which was granted the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award (DDRI). I am currently an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Kalamazoo College.

My research investigates the semanto-pragmatics of “non-standard” grammars (e.g., non-standard variation between subjunctive and indicative), with the objective of helping to eliminate harmful and discriminatory ideas about “wrong”, “incorrect”, or “bad” language; that is to say, there’s no such thing as “bad” language! In my work (focused mainly on variation in mood, tense, and aspect), I focus on how the meanings of these forms are influenced by socio-pragmatic context. My investigations incorporate the use of corpora and human participants. Click here to read my most recent article.

Although my research has centered mostly on Spanish or Romance, I also do work on English and Jamaican Creole.

For more information on my research, teaching experience, or interests, please visit the links in the menu section above. If you would like to contact me, please use the following link: Contact. I am always looking to collaborate! I am also very active on Twitter, so please feel free to give me a follow!


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