Dr. Mark Amengual received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Hispanic Linguistics, a M.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in Spanish, and a B.A. from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain) in English Philology. Dr. Amengual's research and teaching interests focus primarily on bilingual speech production and perception, experimental phonetics, and sociolinguistics. Other research interests include language variation and change, language and ethnicity, and Romance Linguistics. He has taught Spanish language and linguistics at various institutions, such as the University of Texas at Austin, The Pennsylvania State University and College of the Holy Cross. At Furman, he teaches courses on Spanish and Linguistics.

Experience in Spain

Dr. Amengual was born in Scotland but grew up on the island of Majorca in Spain. His research has examined the situation of language contact in Majorca, and specifically, the phonetic abilities and language identities of Spanish-Catalan bilinguals. When back home in Spain, and not busy recording the speech of bilingual participants, he enjoys having a café con leche, watching some fútbol, enjoying the beach, and playing tennis.

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Elementary Spanish I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. An appreciation of Spanish-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.


Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in first elementary course, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences.


Intro to Spanish Linguistics

A systematic linguistic study of Spanish phonology, morphology, and syntax. Also considers the historical development of Spanish from its earliest stages to the present as well as the language's regional, social, and contextual variations, and its presence in the United States.

Dr. Amengual's approach to teaching Spanish language and linguistics classes reflects his beliefs about language, communication and the learning process. Language and communication are intrinsic to our development as human beings: it is the medium through which we foster relationships, it allows us to create and express abstract concepts and meanings and it provides the means to successful and productive exchanges of cultural and linguistic knowledge. An important aspect of his teaching philosophy is embracing an effective teaching approach that promotes a communicative and student-centered environment conducive to learning and critical thinking. He asks his students not only to learn facts and content knowledge, but also to critically assess what language does, how they themselves use it and how such a multifaceted system functions, taking an active role in their own learning experience.

  • ​Gertken, Libby, M., Mark Amengual, and David Birdsong (forthcoming). Assessing Language Dominance with the Bilingual Language Profile. To appear in P. Leclercq, H. Hilton and A. Edmonds (eds.), Proficiency Assessment Issues in SLA Research: Measures and Practices. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters
  • Amengual, Mark (2013) Intonational cues in the perception of invitation and information-seeking yes/no questions by Mexican and Castilian Spanish speakers. To appear in C. Howe, S. Blackwell and M. Quesada (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project
  • Amengual, Mark (2012) Interlingual influence in bilingual speech: Cognate status effect in a continuum of bilingualism. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15(3), 517-530
  • Amengual, Mark (2011). Spanish and Catalan in Majorca: Are there contact-induced changes in the Majorcan Catalan vowel system?" In L. Ortiz (ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 214-223. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project
  • Amengual, Mark (2011) Verbal morphology and identity in Majorca: The manifestation of attitudes in writing. In J. Michnowicz and R. Dodsworth (eds.), Selected Proceedings of 5th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, 26-39. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project
  • Amengual, Mark and Cynthia P. Blanco (2010). Final Consonant Clusters in Majorcan Catalan Verbs: The Resolution of Sonority Sequence Principle Violations through Cluster Simplification. In M. Ortega-Llebaria (ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, 91-99. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
University of Texas at Austin
The Pennsylvania State University
Universitat de les Illes Balears

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