November 9, 2018
This week, Earl Brown illuminants our Alumni Spotlight. Dr. Brown graduated in 2008 with a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University and his research focuses on quantifying language variation in language.
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"My graduate studies in Spanish linguistics in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM were academically challenging, intellectually eye-opening, and professionally rewarding. I currently work as an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. I left UNM as an ABD for a one-year visiting position at Auburn University in Alabama, then worked four years as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, and then five years as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Kansas State University, and have now completed one year at BYU. The empirically based theoretical perspective of the linguists at UNM, both in the Spanish and Portuguese department and the department of Linguistics, continued to shape my interest in the quantitative analysis of language. My current research agenda still very much centers on quantifying language variation in language, especially in Spanish and English.
While I have many fond memories of my time at UNM, I feel that the personal connections that I made with other students, with professors, and with the office staff (hi Martha, Kate, and Rosario [now retired]!) were the most rewarding.
I feel that the training I received at UNM is second to none and I feel blessed to have been able to study there. ¡Que vivan los lobos de UNM!"