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Research Interests:

Hispanic linguistics, language variation and change, sociolinguistics, phonetics, sociophonetic production and perception, heritage Spanish, language attitudes, /s/ phenomena, Spanish in contact with other languages, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and forensic linguistics.

Dr. Whitney Chappell’s research focuses on sociophonetic variation in the Spanish-speaking world, or how Spanish speakers construct social meaning through their use of contextualized linguistic variants. Her most recent projects focus on the sociophonetic perception of nonstandard variants among monolingual and bilingual Spanish speakers, and her work has been published in prestigious venues like Language Variation and Change, The Journal of Voice, Hispania, Heritage Language Journal, Estudios de fonética experimental, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, among many others. Dr. Chappell’s new edited volume, Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception, has been called “A must-read book for students and scholars of language, variation, and change” by Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos at Indiana University.

At UTSA Dr. Chappell teaches classes on language and gender, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, Spanish phonetics and phonology, introduction to Spanish linguistics, and language and identity, among many others. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in engaged, active student learning where the classroom is a fun, dynamic, and student-centered environment. In addition to sparking her students' interest in linguistics, Dr. Chappell’s goal is to help students become more inquisitive individuals who are capable of thinking critically inside and outside of the classroom.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus (2013)

  • M.A., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb (2009)

  • B.A., The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2006)

Recent Courses

Linguistics 3833/5013: Sociolinguistics.

Lingüística 5946: Lenguaje y sociedad (La Universidad de Murcia).

Spanish 4113/5893: Spanish dialectology.

Spanish 4113/5903: Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish 4113/Linguistics 4013: Language and gender.

Spanish 4113/5943: Language and identity.

Spanish 3113: Linguistic structures of Spanish.

Spanish 3013: Spanish phonetics and pronunciation.

Spanish 2013: Intermediate Spanish.

Research in Progress

Chappell, Whitney (ed.). In press. Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception. Edited volume to be published in John Benjamins’ Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics series.

Chappell, Whitney. Accepted. Perceptions of Spanish(es) in the United States: Mexicans’ Sociophonetic evaluations of [v]. Chapter to appear in Scott Alvord & Greg Thompson (eds.), Spanish in the US: Variation, attitudes, and pedagogy. New York: Routledge.

Chappell, Whitney. In press. Social contact and linguistic convergence: The reduction of intervocalic /d/ in Bilwi, Nicaragua. Chapter to appear in Rajiv Rao (ed.), Spanish phonetics and phonology in contact: Studies from Africa, the Americas, and Spain.

Chappell, Whitney. In press. The sociophonetic perception of heritage Spanish speakers in the United States: Reactions to labiodentalized <v> in the speech of native and heritage voices. Chapter to appear in Whitney Chappell (ed.), Recent advances in the study of Spanish sociophonetic perception. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Chappell, Whitney and Bridget Drinka (eds.). Under contract. Spanish socio-historical linguistics: Isolation and contact. Edited volume to be published in John Benjamins’ Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics series.

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