Amanda Boomershine Ph.D.
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., Ph.D. Ohio State University
Dr. Boomershine teaches courses in Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics, and seminars on topics such as immigration and linguistic variation. In addition, she coordinates the department’s internship program. She has published a book chapter and articles in the fields of socio-phonetics and language variation. Her current research projects include a phonetic analysis of the Spanish and English vowel systems of heritage and bilingual speakers of Spanish, a perception study of English and Spanish sounds by bilingual, monolingual, and heritage speakers of Spanish and English, and a sociolinguistic analysis of the Spanish spoken by Zapotec-Spanish bilinguals (with Jim Michnowicz at NC State University). She enjoys involving graduate and undergraduate students in her research projects. She is active in the community, developing service-learning opportunities for students of Spanish at all levels. She serves on the advisory board for the Centro Hispano UNCW. She also advises UNCW’s chapter of Amnesty International and serves as the Vice-President of the local chapter of the United Nations Association. She is on the board of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Boomershine, Amanda. Forthcoming. The Perception of English Vowels by Monolingual, Bilingual, and Heritage Speakers of Spanish and English. In S. Blackwell and C. Howe (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press.Boomershine, Amanda. 2009. Perceptual Processing of Variable Input in Spanish. Germany: VDM Verlag.
Boomershine, Amanda, Kathleen Currie Hall, Beth Hume, and Keith Johnson. 2008. The Influence of Allophony vs. Contrast on Perception: The Case of Spanish and English. In P. Avery, E. Dresher & K. Rice (eds.), Phonological Contrast. Mouton.
Boomershine, Amanda. 2007. An Exemplar Based Approach to Speech Processing. In P. Reich and B. Sullivan (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the LACUS Forum XXXIII.
Boomershine, Amanda. 2006. Perceiving and Processing Dialectal Variation in Spanish: An Exemplar Theory Approach. In Face, Timothy (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 8th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press.