Marcos Rohena-Madrazo

Associate Prof of Luso-Hispanic Studies

 work(802) 443-5659
 Spring 2022: Monday: 3:00-4:30 PM, Tuesday: 1:00-2:30 PM, either in person in Carr 207 or on zoom at this link: Password: Rohena
 Carr Hall 207

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(How I pronounce my name -- scroll to the bottom of the page) 

Research Areas

Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Perception and Production of Obstruent Voicing, Cross-Language and Cross-Dialect Speech Perception, Language Variation and Change, Language & Identity, Attitudes towards Accented Speech, Comparative Spanish Phonology, 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


Baird, Brandon O., Marcos Rohena-Madrazo & Caroline Cating (Midd '16.5) (2018). "Perceptions of Lexically Specific Phonology Switches on Spanish-Origin Loanwords in American English." American Speech, 93 (1), pp 79-107.

Gilbert, Madeline B. (Midd '14) & Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (2017). "Revising the canon: Social and stylistic variation of coda (-ɾ) in Buenos Aires Spanish." In R. E. V. Lopes, J. Ornelas de Avelar, & S. M. L. Cyrino (Eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 12: Selected papers from the 45th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Campinas, Brazil (Vol. 12, pp. 63–78). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/rllt.12.05gil

Rohena-Madrazo, Marcos (2015). "Diagnosing the completion of a sound change: Phonetic and phonological evidence for /ʃ/ in Buenos Aires Spanish." Language Variation and Change, 27, pp 287-317. doi:10.1017/S0954394515000113. (abstract & pdf)

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., 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)



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

INDE 0800 - Ind Schol Sr Work/Proj/Thesis      

Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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INTD 1239 - Race,Capitalism,Decolonization      

Race, Capitalism, Decolonization
What does decolonization mean in the present context? What does race have to do with capitalism and profit, exploitation and dispossession? In this course we will consider the intersections of race and capitalism in shaping contemporary epistemologies, institutional practices, and lived experiences in local and global contexts. We will consider how present-day formations of race and capitalism are related to histories of imperialism and the global extraction of labour and resources. (Pass/Fail) WTR

Winter 2021

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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 2019, Fall 2020

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LNGT 0500 - Independent Work      

Independent Work
(Approval Required)

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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SPAN 0101 - Beginning Spanish I      

Beginning Spanish I
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of grammar and focuses on the development of four skills in Spanish: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be placed on active communication aimed at the development of oral and comprehension skills. This course is for students who have not previously studied Spanish. Students are expected to continue with SPAN 0102 and SPAN 0103 after successful completion of SPAN 0101. 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2022

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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

Spring 2020

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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

Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

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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

Spring 2020

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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 2018, Fall 2021

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SPAN 0338 - Advanced Conversation      

Advanced Conversation
In this course we will focus on the development of oral skills in Spanish at the advanced level. Students will also be exposed to cultural context in Spanish, through which they will be introduced to social and political trends in the Spanish-speaking world. Through oral exams, presentations, debates, and other forms of oral assessment, students will deepen their oral skills, as well as their understanding and production of oral expression in the target language. The course will give special attention to communicative skills in Spanish, particularly speaking (including pronunciation) and listening. The instructor may choose specific grammar points for review when necessary. 3 hrs. lect. LNG

Spring 2021

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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. CMP

Spring 2019, 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 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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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 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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My pronouns & grammatical gender:

they or he (in English)
masculine (in languages with gender agreement)

Acceptable renditions of my surname(s):

Rohena-Madrazo: (for academic and publishing purposes)
Rohena Madrazo: (for general use in the Spanish-speaking world)
Rohena: (appropriate abbreviation for unofficial purposes)

My surname should be alphabetized by the letter R.

How I pronounce my name:

In English (non-IPA): MAR-kos ro-ENN-uh muh-DRAW-so
In English (IPA): [ˈmɑɹko͡ʊs ɹo͡ʊˈɛnə məˈdɹɑso͡ʊ]
En español (IPA): /ˈmaɾkos roˈena maˈdɾaso/

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