Brandon Baird

Assistant Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies

 
 work(802) 443-5456
 M: 1:30-3:00pm, W: 10:00-11:30am, or by appt.
 Warner Hall 003

Research Interests

Hispanic Linguistics, Mayan Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Bilingualism & Language Contact, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics.


Education

Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Spanish, Minor in Linguistics, Brigham Young University


Recent Publications

(* indicates student co-author)

Baird, Brandon O. (2019). Ciudadano maya 100%: Uso y actitudes de la lengua entre los bilingües k'iche'-español. Hispania, 102(3): 319-334.

Baird, Brandon O. (2019). Language-specific Pitch Ranges among Simultaneous K'ichee'-Spanish Bilinguals. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia (pp. 2675-2679). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.

Baird, Brandon O. (2018). Syntactic and Prosodic Contrastive Focus Marking in K’ichee’. International Journal of American Linguistics, 84(3): 295-325.

Baird, Brandon O., Marcos Rohena-Madrazo, & *Caroline Cating. (2018). Perceptions of Lexically Specific Phonology Switches on Spanish-origin Loan Words in American English. American Speech, 93(1): 79-107.

England, Nora C. & Brandon O. Baird. (2017). Phonology and Phonetics. In Aissen, Judith, Nora C. England, & Roberto Zavala, (eds.). The Mayan Languages, (pp. 175-200). New York: Routledge.

See Website for other publications.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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FYSE 1439 - Language and Ethnic Identity      

Language and Ethnic Identity
Language is a central feature of human identity. In this seminar we will explore the multiple ways in which language is used in society to express, create, and perform these identities. We will analyze—from a sociolinguistic perspective—how variation in speakers’ linguistic resources (e.g., pronunciation, syntax, word choice, language choice) can serve as tools to shape, stereotype, or subvert national, regional, and other types of ethnic identities. We will draw examples from linguistic research, literature, film, television, political discourse, popular songs, the internet, and other media in the United States as well as in other societies. 3 hrs. sem. CMP CW SOC

Fall 2015

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IGST 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018

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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. SCI

Spring 2018

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LNGT 0426 - Spanish in the US      

Spanish in the US
Aside from Mexico, there are more Spanish speakers in the US than in any other country. In this seminar we will explore various facets of Spanish-speaking populations in the US, including, but not limited to, linguistic aspects (e.g. Spanglish, Mock Spanish, Latinx English), and the use and reception of Spanish in public spaces (e.g. literature, television, music). Fundamentally, we will consider the diversity of Spanish speakers in the US and myths about them and the language(s) they speak. In addition to conducting original research, students will engage in community outreach in order to help dispel polemic stereotypes. (Two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem. AMR LNG NOR SOC

Fall 2019

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LNGT 0500 - Independent Work      

Independent Work
(Approval Required)

Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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SPAN 0201 - Intermediate Spanish      

Intermediate Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG

Fall 2017

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SPAN 0220 - 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 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2019

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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. LNG

Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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SPAN 0322 / LNGT 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 course’s goals 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. We will study the sound system (phonetics/phonology), the structure of words (morphology), the construction of sentences (syntax), as well as the history and sociolinguistic variation of the Spanish language, as spoken in communities in Europe, Latin America, and Northern America. We will examine texts, speech samples, and songs, illustrating these linguistic phenomena. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2017

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SPAN 0377 / LNGT 0377 - Bilingual Spanish World      

Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
What does it mean to be bilingual? In this course we will study bilingualism with a special emphasis on Spanish-speaking bilinguals in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Course topics will include social, political, linguistic, and psychological aspects of bilingualism. Special attention will be paid to societal bilingualism, language use among a group or community, individual bilingualism, how an individual’s language use changes in different contexts and throughout an individual’s lifespan, and government and educational policies throughout the Spanish-speaking world. We will study texts, speech samples, and media that highlight different aspects of bilingualism. (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP LNG SOC

Spring 2016, Spring 2018

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SPAN 0426 - Spanish in the US      

Spanish in the US
Aside from Mexico, there are more Spanish speakers in the US than in any other country. In this seminar we will explore various facets of Spanish-speaking populations in the US, including, but not limited to, linguistic aspects (e.g. Spanglish, Mock Spanish, Latinx English), and the use and reception of Spanish in public spaces (e.g. literature, television, music). Fundamentally, we will consider the diversity of Spanish speakers in the US and myths about them and the language(s) they speak. In addition to conducting original research, students will engage in community outreach in order to help dispel polemic stereotypes. (Two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem. AMR LNG NOR SOC

Fall 2019

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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)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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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)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies

Warner Hall
303 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753