Scott G Lamanna


Education

  • BA Wake Forest University 1994
  • Teacher Licensure (K-12 Spanish) University of North Carolina, Greensboro 1997
  • MA (Linguistics and Spanish) Indiana University 2005
  • PhD (Hispanic Linguistics) Indiana University 2012

Biography

Hobbies

Reading, traveling with his family, singing and dancing to good music (Christian, Latin, Classical, '80s pop), doing jigsaw puzzles

Spanish-speaking countries visited
  • Colombia: spent a semester abroad in Fall 1992, visited in 1996, 1999, 2004, & 2007, dissertation research in 2009, visited again in 2013 and 2017.
  • Spain: Mission trip to Granada in 2001.
  • Mexico: Interim class in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • Peru: Visited in 2015, directed Calvin’s semester abroad program in Arequipa in Fall 2016, visited again in 2017.
Additional information

His wife is an architect from Bogotá, Colombia. They have extensive ties to the Hispanic communities of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Bloomington, Indiana. They welcomed two Honduran refugee children into their home in the Summer of 2015.

Academic interests

  • Spanish in the United States
  • Language and Dialect Contact
  • Colombian Spanish
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Second Language Acquisition and Change
  • Christian Perspectives on Language/Linguistics
Recent activities
  • Professor Lamanna wrote a review of the book ‘Christian faith and English language teaching and learning: Research on the interrelationship of religion and ELT’ (Eds. M.S. Wong, C. Kristjánsson, & Z. Dörnyei, 2013) for the 2015 edition of the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages.
  • Professor Lamanna wrote a chapter for the book Colombian Varieties of Spanish, which was published in 2012 by Iberoamericana/Vervuert. The title is "Second person singular pronoun use during closed role plays by Colombians in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad".
  • He is currently involved in an ongoing research project on the integration of the Christian faith with the field of linguistics that has led to two recent conference presentations. The first, entitled "Preliminary Reflections on the Relevance and Usefulness of Applying a Christian Perspective to the Analysis of Linguistic Variation," was given at the NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association) annual conference in 2015. In 2016, he presented at the CAWL (Christian Association of World Languages) annual conference on "Integration of Faith and Learning in Linguistics Classes: Challenges and Best Practices." 
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Research and scholarship

Professor Lamanna is currently involved in an ongoing research project on the integration of the Christian faith with the field of linguistics. During Interim 2018 he plans to teach a DCM course entitled “Why Do You Speak the Way You Do?: Language, Dialect, and the Kingdom of God.” 

"Integration of Faith and Learning in Linguistics Classes: Challenges and Best Practices." Houghton, NY, CAWL (Christian Association of World Languages) Annual Conference, April, 2016.

 

"Preliminary Reflections on the Relevance and Usefulness of Applying a Christian Perspective to the Analysis of Linguistic Variation." La Mirada, CA, NACFLA (North American Christian Foreign Language Association) Annual Conference, April, 2015.

 

“Maintenance of Colombian Pronominal Address Patterns in a Dialect Contact Situation in North Carolina.” New York, NY, 25th Conference on Spanish in the United States and 10th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, March, 2015.

 

“The Effect of Participant and Interlocutor Gender on Colombian Pronominal Address.” 7th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Madison, WI, April, 2014.

Publications

  • Professor Lamanna wrote a review of the book ‘Christian faith and English language teaching and learning: Research on the interrelationship of religion and ELT’ (Eds. M.S. Wong, C. Kristjánsson, & Z. Dörnyei, 2013) for the 2015 edition of the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages.
  • He also wrote a chapter for the book Colombian Varieties of Spanish, published in 2012 by Iberoamericana/Vervuert. The title is "Second person singular pronoun use during closed role plays by Colombians in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad."

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