- Laboratory phonology
- Intonational structure and prosody in Spanish
- Experimental phonetics and sociophonetics
- Second language speech learning and second language phonology
- PhD, Linguistics & Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010
- MA, Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University, 2006
- BA, Spanish & Mathematics, Rutgers University, 2003
- Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan (current appointment since 2012)
- 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)
- RLL Speech Producition Lab (Launched in 2015).
- University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory Project (2017–2019).
- Investigando las hablas andaluzas conference (May 2018).
- Awarded University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory Project Funding Grant for project "From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement" (Principal Investigator)
- Presenting at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2017 in Cologne, Germany, June 2017 (with Sarah Harper)
- Awarded University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory Proposal Development Grant for project "Argentine Afrikaners: Interrogating Hybridity in a Unique Diasporic Community" (Principal Investigator)
- Attending Hispanistentag 2017 Conference in Munich, Germany, March 2017
- Attending Laboratory Phonology 15 in Ithaca, New York, July 2016.
- Published co-edited volume Intonational grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches across linguistic subfields, March 2016.
- Attending 18th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland, August 2015.
- Attending Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages in Campinas, Brazil, May 2015.
- Launched the Speech Production Laboratory website, March 2015.
- Fieldwork in Argentina, summer 2014.
University of Michigan
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
This course provides an introduction to Hispanic Linguistics and establishes the basis for future application of linguistic principles. The first two weeks introduce basic principles and concepts in linguistic theory and linguistic structure. The remaining weeks of the semester examine the linguistic structure of the Spanish language based on the following fields of linguistic inquiry: word formation (morphology), word order (syntax), the sound system (phonetics and phonology), history of the language, and second language acquisition. The goal of this course is to provide students with a level of knowledge that enables them to succeed in future Hispanic Linguistics courses.
Fall 2017, Winter 2017, Fall 2016, Winter 2016
New World Spanish (Topic: 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 Phonetics and Phonology
This is an advanced linguistics course that focuses on the Spanish sound system and establishes the basis for the application of principles at the phonetic (articulatory, auditory, and acoustic phonetics) and phonological levels of linguistic analysis. The first two weeks review 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; intonation) 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.
Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Winter 2016, Winter 2015, Fall 2014, Winter 2014, Fall 2013, Winter 2013, Fall 2012
This advanced linguistics course examines the theoretical foundations and practical applications of language variation (dialectal, social, historical) in Spanish-speaking communities. During the first third of the term, students are introduced to the theoretical and methodological foundations of sociolinguistic variation. The second third of the term 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). Students will apply their knowledge of course content in data analysis activities, research summaries, exams, and a final research paper.
Winter 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
Studies in Hispanic Linguistics (Topic: Spanish Second Language Phonology)
This course focuses on principles and current models of the acquisition of second language (L2) sounds, with a focus of the acquisition of L2 sounds in Spanish. Course topics include: L1 influences on L2 phonology; models of L2 phonology; L2 effects on L1 phonology; age effects in L2 phonology; and the acquisition of L3 phonology. Considerable attention is given to current research standards in the field. The goal of this course is to provide students with a sound foundation of the factors that influence L2 phonological acquisition and also to provide students with a level of analytical knowledge that enables them to conduct empirical research in the field of linguistics.
Winter 2018, Winter 2015
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|
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|
|Amstrong, Meghan, Nicholas Henriksen, & Maria del Mar Vanrell. (2016). Intonational grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches across linguistic subfields. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.|
Refereed Journal Articles
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2017). Patterns of vowel laxing and harmony in Iberian Spanish: Data from production and perception. Journal of Phonetics, 63, 106–126.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas & Stephen Fafulas. (2017). Prosodic timing and language contact: Spanish and Yagua in Amazonian Peru. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 10(2), 225–257.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas & Sarah Harper. (2016). Investigating lenition patterns in south-central Peninsular Spanish /sp st sk/ clusters. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 46(3), 287–310.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2016). Investigating the nature of the left periphery in Peninsular Spanish wh-question intonation. Phonetica, 73(1), 1–32.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2015). Acoustic analysis of the rhotic contrast in Chicagoland Spanish: An intergenerational study. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 5(3), 282-321.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2015). Syllable structure and word stress effects in Peninsular Spanish nuclear accents. Laboratory Phonology, 6(1), 53-86.|
|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. (2016). 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, pp. 181–206. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2016). Convergence effects in Spanish-English bilingual rhythm. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016.|
|Henriksen, Nicholas. (2015). Secondary correlates of question signaling in Manchego Spanish. In The phonetics-phonology interface. Representations and methodologies, ed. by J. Romero & M. Riera, pp. 211–237. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.|
|Coetzee, Andries, Lorenzo García-Amaya, Nicholas Henriksen, & Daan Wissing. (2015). Bilingual speech rhythm: Spanish-Afrikaans in Patagonia. In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ed. by The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015. Glasgow, UK: The University of Glasgow.|
|Armstrong, Meghan E., Nicholas Henriksen, & Christian DiCanio. (2015). Sociophonetic analysis of young Peninsular Spanish women's voice quality. In Hispanic linguistics at the crossroads: Theoretical linguistics, language acquisition and language contact, ed. by R. Klassen, J. M. Liceras & E. Valenzuela. 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.|
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