Scott G Lamanna

Scott Lamanna


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


Professor Lamanna enjoys reading, traveling with his family, singing and dancing to good music (Christian, Latin, '80s pop), and doing jigsaw puzzles. His wife is an architect from Bogotá, Colombia, and they welcomed two Honduran refugee children into their home in the summer of 2015. 

Research and scholarship

Professor Lamanna’s academic interests include Spanish in the United States, Colombian Spanish, language and dialect contact, language variation and change, second language acquisition, and foreign language pedagogy. He is currently involved in an ongoing research project on the integration of the Christian faith with the field of linguistics.

His recent conference presentations include the following: 

  • “Integration of Faith and Learning in Linguistics Classes: Challenges and Best Practices.” Christian Association of World Languages (CAWL), Houghton College, April 16, 2016.
  • “Preliminary Reflections on the Relevance and Usefulness of Applying a Christian Perspective to the Analysis of Linguistic Variation.” North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA), Biola University, April 11, 2015.
  • “Maintenance of Colombian Pronominal Address Patterns in a Dialect Contact Situation in North Carolina.” 25th Conference on Spanish in the United States and 10th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, The City College of New York (CUNY), March 27, 2015.
  • “The Effect of Participant and Interlocutor Gender on Colombian Pronominal Address.” 7th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 5, 2014.


  • Lamanna, S. (2012). Second person singular pronoun use during closed role plays by Colombians in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad. In R. File-Muriel & R. Orozco (Eds.), Colombian varieties of Spanish (pp. 169-204). Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert.
  • Lamanna, S. (Forthcoming). A Christian perspective on variation in human language. Journal of Christianity and World Languages.
  • Lamanna, S. (2015). 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). Review published in Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 16, 61-64.


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