Hiram Smith

Associate Professor of Spanish
Affiliated Faculty in Critical Black Studies and Latin American Studies
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About Hiram Smith

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University (Applied Linguistics, Spanish)
  • M.A., University of New Mexico (Hispanic Linguistics)
  • B.A., University of New Mexico (Languages)

Research Interests:

  • Language variation and change
  • Stigmatized Spanish varieties
  • Creole languages (Palenquero)
  • African American English (AAE)

Teaching Interests:

  • Hispanic linguistics
  • History of the Spanish language
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Field and research methods
  • African American English (AAE)

Selected Publications

Smith, Hiram L. (2022). "Preverbal a-marking in Palenquero Creole: Testing theories of grammaticalization, convergence, and inheritance". Diachronica 39(4). John Benjamins Open Access article. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.20072.smi

Smith, Hiram L. (2021). "Do Creoles conform to typological patterns? Habitual marking in Palenquero". Language Variation and Change 33, First View. Cambridge Core Open Access article. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954394521000053

Cassiani Obeso, Estilita María, & Smith, Hiram L. (2020). “Variable plural marking in Palenquero Creole”. Language Variation and Change. 32(3), 293-315. Cambridge Core Open Access article. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954394520000204

Smith, Hiram L. (2019). "Has nigga been reappropriated as a term of endearment? A qualitative and quantitative analysis". American Speech (Special Issue) 94(4), 420-477. Duke University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-7706537

Smith, Hiram L. (2018). "Addressing questions of grammaticalization in creoles: It's all about the methodology", in (eds.) Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine, Grammaticalization from a typological perspective, 372-393. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/v...

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