Do advanced learners utilize discourse markers and fillers in a similar frequency as native speakers? What factors contribute to the more native-like usage of discourse markers and fillers in second language acquisition? The purpose of this study is to determine how native English speakers acquire the use of discourse markers and fillers in their L2 Spanish, as well as observe their spontaneous conversations in order to linguistically analyze communicative strategies among English-Spanish bilingual speakers.
James Ramsburg is a PhD student and instructor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies. His research applies various quantitative methods to study the effects of language contact and dialect change.
Yoko Hama is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. Their research interests include sociolinguistics, language contact, language and identity, especially in the context of Asian diaspora communities in Spanish-speaking countries.