Brandon Goodale


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PhD Candidate, Spanish (Linguistics), University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Spanish (Linguistics), University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Spanish (Language and Culture), California State University-Northridge

Research Statement

Brandon’s research interests revolve around the Spanish varieties of the Southern Cone of South America (Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile), principally in the area of phonetics and phonology, with an emphasis on prosody.

His research is both diachronic and synchronic as well as sociolinguistic. In other words, he studies how Spanish was spoken in the past, how it is spoken today, and how past and current linguistic trends can provide clues as to what the language may look like in the future. This helps to illuminate what drives language change in the region. In order to accurately describe each variety, his research focuses on a group of speakers that is diverse both geographically and socially.

Brandon also loves to teach and strives to make his classes accessible and enjoyable.