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Ryan M.

Bessett CURRICULUM VITAE

1201 West University Dr.


ELABS 234
Department of Writing & Language Studies
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Edinburg, TX 78539
Cellular phone: (920)265-9378
Email address: ryan.bessett@utrgv.edu

Employment

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics Fall 2017-Present


Department of Writing & Language Studies
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate Associate in Teaching Spring 2013-Spring 2017


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Arizona

Graduate Assistant in Teaching Fall 2010-Fall 2012


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Arizona

Education

PhD, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ August 2017


Primary Area: Sociolinguistics
Secondary Areas: Phonology and Linguistic Anthropology
GPA: 4.0
Dissertation (Directed by Dr. Ana Carvalho): “The Integration of Lone English Nouns into
Bilingual Sonoran Spanish”

M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ December 2012


GPA: 4.0
Thesis (Directed by Dr. Ana Carvalho): “La extensión de estar a través del tiempo y el espacio:
Un estudio diacrónico de los siglos XIII-XX y sincrónico de Hermosillo, Sonora y el sur de
Arizona”

B.A., Spanish, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI May 2010
Minor: Linguistics
Research Interests

Sociolinguistics: Language Variation and Change, Language Contact, Codeswitching,


Borrowing, Language Choice, Linguistic Landscapes, Language Attitudes, Linguistic
Discrimination
Bilingualism
Heritage Language Pedagogy
Second Language Acquisition
Corpus Building
Phonology
History of Language

Teaching Interests

Spanish (all levels), grammar, conversation, Hispanic Culture, Hispanic Linguistics


Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Language Contact, Spanish
Phonology, History of Language (Spanish and English)
Spanish Heritage Language

Administration

Heritage and L2 program curriculum development (UTRGV) January 2018-Present


• Committee Chair
• Organized course development for newly created Heritage Language Program

Co-Director and Co-Organizer of Study Abroad, Girona, Spain (UTRGV) Summer 2018
• Developed a study abroad program in Girona, Spain
• Facilitated administrative coordinating and planning
• Taught a course titled “Language, ideologies, and identity in multilingual Spain”

Curriculum and Placement development (UTRGV) Summer 2017


• Created a course sequence plan for both Heritage and L2 learners of Spanish
• Proposed new courses to create a sustainable course sequence
• Developed course descriptions and proposed textbooks for new courses
• Proposed a placement exam and procedure for student enrollment

Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Studies Program (UA) Fall 2015-Summer 2017
• Advise majors and minors on course selection and program questions
• Implement enrollment, course schedule changes, withdrawals, language placement,
language proficiency, and transfer credit
• Advise students with Study Abroad programs
• Coordinate recruitment for several Study Abroad programs in 200 plus sections of
Spanish and Portuguese courses

Assistant to Director of Study Abroad, Alcalá de Henares, Spain (UA) Summer 2015
• Facilitated administrative coordinating and planning
• Taught a Spanish phonetics class
• Worked as tutor and advisor for participating students

Assistant to Director of Study Abroad, Heredia, Costa Rica (UA) Summer 2012
• Facilitated administrative coordinating and planning
• Team-taught an advanced grammar class
• Worked as tutor and contact for the participating students

Teaching Experience
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 2017-Present
Undergraduate courses:
Span 2321: Spanish in the US
Span 3304: Advanced Spanish for Teachers
Span 3311: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
Span 4311: Spanish in Social Context
Span 4317: Language, ideologies, and identity in Multilingual Spain

Graduate courses:
Span 6311: Overview of Sociolinguistics
Span 6318: Sociolinguistically Informed Heritage Language Teaching

University of Arizona 2010-2017


Spanish 493: Internship for the Corpus del español en el sur de Arizona
• Taught and supervised data collection and methodology in sociolinguistic interviews,
transcriptions, and corpus building
Spanish 452: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Spanish 425: Advanced Grammar
Spanish 340: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
Spanish 325: Intermediate Grammar and Writing
Spanish 203: Second semester Spanish for Heritage Learners
Spanish 202: Fourth semester Spanish
Spanish 202online: Fourth semester Spanish, online
Spanish 201: Third semester Spanish
Spanish 102: Second semester Spanish
Research Assistantships

Assistant to Director of the Basic Language Program Fall 2014


Dr. Eliud Chuffe, University of Arizona

Assistant to the director of the Heritage Language Program Spring 2014


Dr. Sara Beaudrie, University of Arizona

Assistant to Dr. Ana Carvalho, University of Arizona Fall 2013


• Helped develop the Corpus del español en el sur de Arizona (CESA)

Peer-reviewed Publications

Book Chapters

Bessett, Ryan M. Under Review. “Studying variation via social media: A comparative analysis of
first person singular subject pronoun expression in Facebook and sociolinguistic
interviews.”

Bessett, Ryan M. 2018. “Testing English influence on first person singular ‘yo’ subject pronoun
expression in Sonoran Spanish.” Issues in Contemporary Trends in Hispanic and
Lusophone Linguistics, edited by Jonathan E. MacDonald, 355-372. Amsterdam: John
Benjamins.

Carvalho, Ana M. and Ryan M. Bessett. 2015. “Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in
Contact with Portuguese.” In Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish: A Cross-
dialectal perspective, edited by Ana M. Carvalho, Rafael Orozco, and Naomi Lapidus
Shin, 143-165. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Journal Articles

Bessett, Ryan M. Under Review. "The role of phonology in discerning lone other-language items
as borrowing or codeswitches: Evidence from Southern Arizona Spanish". Language
Variation and Change.

Bessett, Ryan M. Under Review. “The morphosyntactic integration of lone other-language nouns
into bilingual Sonoran Spanish.” International Journal of Bilingualism.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2017. “Exploring the phonological integration of lone other-


language nouns in the Spanish of Southern Arizona.” U. Penn Working Papers in
Linguistics, 23(2).

Bessett, Ryan M., Joseph V. Casillas, and Marta Ramírez Martínez. 2017. “Language Choice and
Accommodation: Casual Encounters in San Ysidro and Nogales.” Spanish in Context
14(1), 78-98.

Bessett, Ryan M. and Sonia Colina. 2017. “Depalatalization in the synchronic and diachronic
phonology of Spanish”. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics (6)1,
223-241.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2015. “The extension of estar across the Mexico-US border: Evidence against
contact induced acceleration.” Sociolinguistic Studies 9(4), 421-443.

Book Reviews

Bessett, Ryan M. Under Review. “Book review of: Spanish Language and Sociolinguistic
Analysis. (2016). Sandro Sessarego and Fernando Tejedo-Herrero (Eds). John Benjamins
Publishing Company: Amsterdam/Philadelphia.” Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone
Linguistics.

Other Publications

Casillas, Joseph V. & Bessett, Ryan M. 2013. Cuadro de los rasgos distintivos y los alófonos del
español [Table]. In Fonología generativa contemporánea de la lengua Española, edited
by Rafael A. Núñez Cedeño, , Sonia Colina., and Travis G. Bradley. Georgetown
University Press. Retrieved from https://github.com/jvcasill/rasgos_distintivos.

Work in progress

Bessett, Ryan M. Manuscript in Progress. “Discerning contact induced change from dialect
variation in Arizona/Sonora Spanish.”

Bessett, Ryan M. Manuscript in Progress. Correlating flagging with phonological integration to


distinguish LOLIs as borrowings or codeswitches.

Bessett, Ryan M. Analysis in Progress. “Evaluating language contact influence on 3rd person
singular pronoun expression in Southern Arizona Spanish.

Bessett, Ryan M. Analysis in Progress. “Language and Identity in the Linguistic Landscape of
Girona, Spain”

Digital Humanities Projects

Bessett, Ryan M. and Katherine O’Donnell Christoffersen. In progress. Corpus Bilingüe del
Valle (CoBiVa).
Assistant Investigator for the Corpus del español en el sur de arizona (CESA)
https://cesa.arizona.edu.

Bessett, Ryan M. and Marta Ramírez Martínez. 2014. “Arizona/Sonora border: An insight into
the crossing reality.” An ethnographic film and can be seen at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn68s3xB5CY.

Conference Presentations

Besset, Ryan M. and Ana M. Carvalho. 2018. “Building a sociolinguistic corpus for research,
classroom and community involvement.” Paper presented at the Hispanic Linguistics
Symposium 2018, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tx, October 25-27.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2018. “Flagging as a means to distinguish LOLIs as borrowings or


codeswitches: Evidence from Southern Arizona Spanish.” Paper presented at the 9th
Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Queens College, Queens, NY, April 4-7.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2018. Organized Panel “Variation in Southern Arizona Border Spanish” at the
9th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Queens College, Queens, NY, April 4-7.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2018. “Effects of trans-frontier practices on language contact and dialect
variation along the Arizona, US/Sonora, Mexico border.” Paper presented at the
Language and Borders Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, March 26-27.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2017. “Correlating flagging with phonological integration to distinguish LOLIs
as borrowings or codeswitches.” Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing
Variation (NWAV) 46, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, November 2-5.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2017. “Flagging as a means to distinguish LOLIs as borrowings or


codeswitches.” Poster presented at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2017, Texas Tech
University, Lubbock, Tx, October 26-28.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “The role of phonology in discerning lone other-language items as
borrowing or codeswitches.” Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation
(NWAV) 45, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 3-6.

Bessett, Ryan M., Ana M. Carvalho, and Joseph Kern. 2016. “The full cycle of the
sociolinguistic enterprise: Corpus building, student engagement, and critical language
pedagogy.” Poster presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45, Simon
Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 3-6.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “Discerning lone other language items as borrowing or codeswitches: A
case for considering phonological integration in the analysis.” Paper presented at the
Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, DC,
October 7-9.
Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “Midiendo los efectos del inglés en el español de Arizona: Una
comparación de dos comunidades geográficamente adyacentes, conectadas por la frontera
de USA/México.” Paper presented at the 8th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics,
Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 13-16.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2015. “Testing English influence on subject pronoun expression in Sonoran
Spanish.” Paper presented at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2015, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, September 24-27.

Bessett, Ryan M. and Sonia Colina. 2014. “Depalatalization in the synchronic and diachronic
phonology of Spanish.” Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014, Purdue University, West
Lafayette, IN, November 13-16.

Bessett, Ryan M. and Marta Ramírez Martínez. 2014. “Variación en las construcciones con si en
el español sonorense monolingüe y bilingüe.” XIII Encuentro internacional de lingüística
en el noroeste de México, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, November 12-15.

Carvalho, Ana M, and Ryan M. Bessett. 2014. “Continuidades linguísticas ao longo da fronteira
Brasil-Uruguail: A expresão do pronome sujeito no português uruguaio.” XVII Congreso
Internacional Asociación de lingüística y filología de América Latina (ALFAL),
Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Paraíba, Brazil, July 14-19.

Bessett, Ryan M., Joseph V. Casillas, and Marta Ramírez Martínez. 2014. “Language choice and
accommodation: Casual encounters along the U.S. border.” Paper presented at the 7th
Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI,
April 3-5.

Carvalho, Ana M, and Ryan M. Bessett. 2014. “Subject Pronoun Expression among Spanish-
Portuguese Bilinguals.” Paper presented at the 7th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, April 3-5.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2013. “La extensión de estar en Hermosillo, México y el sur de Arizona:
¿Aceleración como el resultado de contacto?” Paper presented at The 24th Conference on
Spanish in the United States and 9th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other
Languages, University of Texas Pan American, McAllen, TX, March 6-9.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2012. "Los efectos del bilingüismo sobre la extensión de estar: un análisis del
dialecto sonorense de Hermosillo, México y Tucson, Arizona.” Paper presented at X
Encuentro Nacional de Estudiantes de Lingüística y Literatura, La Universidad
Autónoma de Baja California,Tijuana, Baja California, México, October 1-5.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2011. “Analysis of the Extension of estar in Hermosillo and Tucson Spanish.”
Paper presented at 7th Annual Tinker Symposium on Graduate Field Research in Latin
America, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 3.
Bessett, Ryan M. 2011. “Cuando estaba chiquito”: La extensión de estar en el habla del sur de
Arizona.” Paper presented at 21st Annual Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian
Literature, Language and Culture, University of Arizona, Tucson, Az, February 17-19.

Invited Speaker
Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “Discerning contact induced change from dialect variation in
Arizona/Sonora Spanish.” Invited colloquium presentation “Dialectal variation, contact
and Change: ‘historical’ and ‘non-historical’ approaches” at the Hispanic Linguistics
Symposium 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, October 7-9.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “Sociolinguistic Corpus Building Workshop.” 5th Annual Linguistics
and Luso-Brazilian conference at ASU, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Az, March
25-26.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2014. "The extension of estar across the Mexico-US border: Evidence against
contact induced acceleration.” Languages Faculty Forum & Sigma Delta Pi Lecture
Series, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Lectures and Workshops

Bessett, Ryan M. 2018. “Elección de idioma en el suroeste de los EEUU.” Talk in Professor
Marcela Depiante’s undergraduate course Topics in Hispanic Linguistics. University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Department of Foreign Languages, Eau Claire, WI, April 9.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2017. “El campo de la variación en situaciones de lenguas en contacto.” Talk
in Professor Joseph Casillas’ undergraduate course Current Issues in Second Language
Acquisition. Rutgers University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, New Brunswick,
NJ, October 12.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2016. “La entrevista sociolingüística.” Talk in Marta Ramírez Martínez’s
undergraduate class on Bilingualism. University of Arizona, Department of Spanish and
Portuguese, Tucson, Az.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2013. “Sociolinguistic interview data collection methodology.” Talk in


Professor Sara Beaudrie’s undergraduate class on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.
University of Arizona, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tucson, Az.

Bessett, Ryan M. 2012. “Personal experience in Sociolinguistics Data Collection and Analysis.”
Talk in Professor Ana Carvalho’s graduate Methods in Sociolinguistics class. University
of Arizona, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tucson, Az.
Academic Preparation at the University of Arizona

Pedagogy Courses
Introduction to Online Pedagogy (summer workshop)
Foreign Language Teaching Theory and Methodology

Sociolinguistic Courses
Variation in Spanish
Spanish in Contact with other Languages
A Variationist Perspective on Language Contact
Language in the Mexican-American Experience
Independent Study (Subject Pronoun Expression)
Sociolinguistics

Phonology
Spanish Phonology I
Spanish Phonology II
Spanish Phonology III
Independent Study (Depalatalization in Spanish)
Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistic Field Techniques: Multimedia Ethnography
Linguistic Anthropology (Audit)

Syntax
Introduction to Syntax Theory I
Introduction to Syntax Theory II: The Minimalist Program
Spanish Syntax III: Spanish Word Order and Information Structures (Audit)

Phonetics
Applied Spanish Phonetics
Spanish Phonetics I: The Production of Spanish Sounds

Other Linguistics Courses


Statistical Analysis for Linguists
Psychology of Language
Introduction to Translation Studies
Origins of Language and the theory of evolution
Independent Study (History of the Spanish Language)

Grants and fellowships

Faculty Travel Support Program ($600) Fall 2017


Tinker Summer Field Research Grant ($500) Summer 2011
Graduate Student Program Committee Travel Grant ($500, earned annually) 2013-2016
Karen L. Smith Fellowship ($2,500) Spring 2013
Graduate College Fellowship, College of Humanities ($1,000) Spring 2013

Academic Honor Society memberships

Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society) Inducted Spring 2010

Professional Service

6th National Symposium of Spanish as a Heritage Language Fall 2017-present


• Co-organizer

Language Variation and Change Summer 2018


• Peer Reviewed a manuscript
Contact, Community, and Connections: Spring 2018
Current Approaches to Spanish in the United States and Spanish in Contact with Other
Languages
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript
Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Spring 2018
• Peer Reviewed a proposal for an edited volume
Sociolinguistic Studies Spring 2018
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Summer 2017
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript
Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Spring 2017
Selected Proceedings from Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2016
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics Colloquium Fall 2012-Spring 2016


• Chair and co-creator

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Spring 2015 and Fall 2015
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript
The Proceedings from the 7th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics Summer 2014
• Peer Reviewed a manuscript

Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language, and Culture Spring 2014
• Organizing committee

6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS6) Spring 2012


• Volunteer Coordinator
• Coordinated the volunteers who helped run the workshop

Languages

English: Native speaker


Spanish: Near native speaker
Portuguese: Reading comprehension

References

Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
544 Modern Languages
P.O. Box 210067

The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520)621-3639
anac@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Sonia Colina


Department of Spanish and Portuguese
554 Modern Languages
P.O. Box 210067

The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520)621-3798
scolina@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Dania López García


Department of Writing and Language Studies
BMAIN 1.512
One West University Blvd.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956)882-6503
dania.lopezgarcia@utrgv.edu