Marcos Rohena-Madrazo

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Phone: work802.443.5659
Office Hours: MW: 4:30-6pm or by appointment
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Research Areas

Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Perception and Production of Obstruent Voicing, Cross-Language and Cross-Dialect Speech Perception, Language Variation and Change, Spanish Dialectology, Argentinean Spanish, Puerto Rican Spanish, Lexicography

"Sociophonetic Variation in the Production and Perception of Obstruent Voicing in Buenos Aires Spanish"


Ph.D., Linguistics, New York University, 2011

M.A., Linguistics, New York University, 2007

M.A., Spanish Lexicography, Real Academia Española, 2005

B.A., Russian Language & Literature, Columbia University, 2002


Rohena-Madrazo, Marcos (2013). "Variación y cambio de sonoridad de la fricativa postalveolar del español de Buenos Aires." in Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina. ed. Laura Colantoni & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. Madrid-Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 37-57.

Rohena-Madrazo, Marcos. 2013. "Perceptual Assimilation of Occluded Voiced Stops by Spanish Listeners." In Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. Chad Howe et al., 140-156. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. www.lingref.com, document #2881. (abstract & pdf)

Simonet, Miquel, Marcos Rohena-Madrazo, and Mercedes Paz. 2008. "Preliminary Evidence for Incomplete Neutralization of Coda Liquids in Puerto Rican Spanish." In Selected Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, ed. Laura Colantoni and Jeffrey Steele, 72-86. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. (pdf)

Rohena-Madrazo, Marcos. 2007. "Superlative Movement in Puerto Rican Spanish and General Spanish." NYU Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1, Spring 2007. (pdf)



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FYSE 1404 - Language and Identity      

Language and Identity
In this seminar we will explore the multiple ways in which language is used in society to express, create, and perform identities. We will analyze—from a sociolinguistic perspective—how variation in speakers’ linguistic resources (pronunciation, syntax, word choice, language choice, etc.) can serve as tools to shape, stereotype, or subvert national, regional, ethnic, racial, gender, and other types of identities. We will draw examples from linguistic research, literature, film, television (particularly “reality” TV), political discourse, popular songs, internet memes, and other media in the United States context as well as in other societies. 3 hrs. sem.


Fall 2013

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INDE 0500 - Independent Project      
INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

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LNGT 0226 - Phonetics and Phonology      

The Sounds of Language: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
In this course we will study the description and analysis of speech: how the sounds of language are physiologically produced, acoustically represented, and psychologically perceived and categorized. Through acoustic and phonological analysis, students will develop the skills to distinguish and produce the sounds of the world’s languages, as well as explore the sound systems of different languages, in order to determine which patterns differ and which patterns are common to all. Students will hone their analytical and technical skills by solving phonological problem sets as well as by using computer software (Praat) to analyze the acoustics of speech. 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2014

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SPAN 0105 - Accelerated Basic Spanish      

Accelerated Basic Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to reinforce, in one semester, the basic linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. Strong emphasis will be given to reading and composition. SPAN 0105 is designed specifically for students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish, but who have not yet achieved intermediate proficiency. (Placement test required) 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2011

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SPAN 0220 / SPAN 0210 - Intermediate Spanish II      

Intermediate Spanish II
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0210 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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SPAN 0303 / LNGT 0303 - Intro Span Phonetics/Pronunc.      

Introduction to Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
In this course we will study the sound system of Spanish with the aims of introducing the fields of phonetics and phonology while improving pronunciation. Students will become familiar with phonetic transcription, comparing and contrasting articulatory and acoustic characteristics of Spanish as well as English in order to understand and implement different phonological patterns produced by native speakers of Spanish. Additionally, we will discuss major pronunciation differences across the Spanish-speaking world. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Fall 2012, Spring 2014

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SPAN 0317 / LNGT 0317 - Spanish Pronunciation      

Spanish Pronunciation: How to Sound Like a Native Speaker
Why do language learners have a “foreign” accent? Why do native Spanish speakers roll their r’s so effortlessly? In this course we will explore basic concepts in phonetics and phonology in order to demystify the difficulties that second language learners face while learning Spanish pronunciation. By comparing and contrasting the sound systems of Spanish and English, as well as how their sounds are produced and perceived, students will acquire the theoretical and practical tools to make your Spanish pronunciation more native-like. (SPAN 0220 or equivalent)


Winter 2013

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SPAN 0322 - Hispanic Linguistics      

Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
This course is an introduction to the theory and methodology of linguistics as applied to the study of Spanish. The goals of the course are to understand the basic characteristics of human language (and of Spanish in particular), and to learn the techniques used to describe and explain linguistic phenomena. In this course, we will study the sound system (phonetics/phonology), the structure of words (morphology), the construction of sentences (syntax), the history of the Spanish language, and variation. We will examine texts, speech samples, and songs that illustrate the linguistic phenomena. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Spring 2013

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SPAN 0390 / LNGT 0390 - Linguistic Variation      

Linguistic Variation
In this course we will study linguistic variation in the Spanish-speaking world. The focus will be on the linguistic aspects of the varieties of Spanish spoken in Spain, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. Topics will include lexical variation, phonological variation, morphosyntactic variation, and geographic and social factors in linguistic variation. Special attention will be paid to Spanish in contact with other languages, e.g. with indigenous languages in Latin America, and with Basque and Catalan in Spain. The discussion will also include creole languages (e.g. Papiamentu). We will study texts, speech samples, and songs that illustrate specific cases of variation. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc.


Spring 2012, Fall 2014

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SPAN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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SPAN 0705 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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