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Nicholas Henriksen

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
University of Michigan

Research interests

  • Laboratory phonology
  • Intonational structure and prosody in Spanish
  • Experimental phonetics and sociophonetics
  • Second language speech learning and second language phonology
  • Spanish in the United States

Education

  • PhD, Linguistics & Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010
  • MA, Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University, 2006
  • BA, Spanish & Mathematics, Rutgers University, 2003

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan (current appointment)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2011-2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Northern Illinois University (2010-2012)

Updates

University of Michigan

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Spanish 410

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

This course is an introduction to the Spanish sound system and establishes the basis for application of principles at the phonetic (especially articulatory and acoustic phonetics) and phonological levels of linguistic analysis. The first two weeks introduce basic principles in phonological analysis and the structure of sound systems in general. During the next eight weeks students examine the descriptive properties (consonants; vowels; syllables; stress) and phonological processes relevant to the Spanish sound system. The last portion of the term is a focus on acoustic phonetics, hypothesis testing, and spectrographic analysis within the laboratory phonology framework.

Website: umich.edu/~nhenriks/spanish410/

Fall 2014, Winter 2014, Fall 2013, Winter 2013, Fall 2012

Spanish 355

New World Spanish (Spanish in the U.S.)

This course is an introduction to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of language variation in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. There will be a strong focus on the acquisition of Spanish as a heritage language by speakers of Spanish born and raised in the United States. There will be a focus on most areas of linguistic analysis (phonetics, syntax, morphology, discourse) in addition to issues in language identity and language planning.

Winter 2014, Winter 2013

Spanish 487

Studies in Hispanic Linguistics: Spanish Sociolinguistics

This course is an introduction to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of language variation (dialectal, social, historical) in Spanish-speaking communities. First, students are introduced to the theoretical and methodological foundations of sociolinguistic variation (regional, social class, age, gender, and social network variation). Second, there is a focus on sociolinguistic issues as they relate to Spanish, and students will read quantitative articles with the goal of learning how to pose questions and solve problems in sociolinguistic research. Finally, students will spend the last weeks of the course gaining firsthand experience in sociolinguistic research and data analysis (data collection, coding, and interpretation) through a series of analysis assignments and mini-projects.

Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012

Northern Illinois University

Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

FLSP 486 Spanish Applied Linguistics Summer 2011
FLSP 461 Spanish Civilization Summer 2011
FLSP 481/581 Spanish Phonology Fall 2011, Spring 2010
FLSP 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar Fall 2011, Spring 2010

Indiana University

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

HISP-S326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2007
HISP-S310 Spanish Grammar and Composition Spring 2007, Spring 2005
HISP-S250 Second-Year Spanish II Fall 2007, Spring 2006
HISP-S200 Second-Year Spanish I Fall 2004
HISP-S105 First Year Spanish Fall 2005
HISP-S100 Elementary Spanish I Spring 2004, Fall 2003

Department of Linguistics

L700 Seminar on First Language Acquisition (with Daniel Dinnsen) Spring 2008
L642 Advanced Phonological Analysis (with Daniel Dinnsen) Spring 2010, Spring 2009
L542 Advanced Phonological Analysis (with Daniel Dinnsen) Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2006

Grammar & Phonetics Instructor

León, Spain Summer 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Ciudad Real, Spain Summer 2004

Books Edited

Amstrong, Meghan, Nicholas Henriksen, & Maria del Mar Vanrell. (Under contract, expected in 2015). Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Refereed Journal Articles

Henriksen, Nicholas. (In press). Acoustic analysis of the rhotic contrast in Chicagoland Spanish: An intergenerational study. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2014). Sociophonetic analysis of phonemic trill variation in two sub-varieties of Peninsular Spanish. Journal of Linguistic Geography, 2(1), 4-24.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2014). Initial peaks and final falls in the intonation of Manchego Peninsular Spanish wh-questions. Probus, 26(1), 83-134.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2013). Style, prosodic variation, and the social meaning of intonation. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 43(2), 153-193.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2012). The intonation and signaling of declarative questions in Manchego Peninsular Spanish. Language and Speech 55(4), 543-576.
Henriksen, Nicholas & Lorenzo J. Garcia-Amaya. (2012). Transcription of intonation of Jerezano Andalusian Spanish. Estudios de Fonética Experimental 21, 109-162.
Henriksen, Nicholas, Kimberly L. Geeslin & Erik W. Willis. (2010). The development of L2 Spanish intonation during a study abroad immersion program in León, Spain: Global contours and final boundary movements. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 3, 113-162.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2009). Wh-question intonation in Peninsular Spanish: Multiple contours and the effect of task type. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 8(1), 47-74.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2008). A reanalysis of paradigmatic variation in the Old Spanish imperfect. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 1, 287-316.

Refereed Conference Proceedings and Book Chapters

Henriksen, Nicholas, Meghan E. Armstrong, & Lorenzo García-Amaya. (Accepted). The intonational meaning of polar questions in Manchego Spanish spontaneous speech. In Interdisciplinary approaches to intonational grammar in Ibero-Romance, ed. by M. Armstrong, N. Henriksen, & M. Vanrell. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (In press). Secondary correlates of question signaling in Manchego Spanish. In Sounds, representations, and methodologies: Essays on the phonetics-phonology interface, ed. by J. Romero & M. Riera. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2013). Suprasegmental phonology in second language speech. In The handbook of Spanish second language acquisition, ed. by K. Geeslin, pp.166-182. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Geeslin, Kimberly L., Lorenzo G. García-Amaya, Maria Hasler-Barker, Nicholas Henriksen & Jason Killam. (2012). Variability in the L2 acquisition of perfective past time reference in Spanish in an abroad immersion setting. In Selected proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. by K. Geeslin & M. Díaz-Campos, pp. 197-213. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Henriksen, Nicholas & Erik W. Willis. (2010). Acoustic characterization of phonemic trill production in Jerezano Andalusian Spanish. In Proceedings of Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology 4, ed. by M. Ortega-Llebaria, pp. 115-127. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Geeslin, Kimberly L., Lorenzo J. García-Amaya, Maria Hasler-Barker, Nicholas Henriksen & Jason Killam. (2010). The development of variation in clitic pronouns among Spanish L2 learners in an abroad immersion program. In Selected proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. by C. Borgonovo, M. Español-Echevarría & P. Prévost, pp. 246-259. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2009). Imperfect variation and class marking in the Old Spanish third conjugation. In Romance Linguistics 2007, ed. by P. Masullo, E O'Rourke & C.-H. Huang, pp. 143-156. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Henriksen, Nicholas. (2007). Unexpected hiatus and base-identity in the Spanish verbal paradigm. In IUWPL6: Phonological opacity effects in Optimality Theory, ed. by A. Farris-Trimble & D.A. Dinnsen, pp. 17-33. Bloomington, IN: IULC Publications.
Nicholas Henriksen
nhenriks@umich.edu

University of Michigan
4108 Modern Languages Building
812 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor MI 48109 USA