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Rob VannMichael Braun

Robert E. Vann
Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

Office: (269) 387-3042

515 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 9:40 a.m., 12 to 12:30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
And by appointment

Mailing Address
Department of Spanish
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA

Ph.D., Iberoromance Linguistics and Philology, The University of Texas-Austin, 1996
M.A., Spanish Linguistics, The University of Illinois-Urbana, 1992

Teaching interests
Spanish linguistics
Sociology/Linguistic anthropology of the Spanish language
Spanish pragmatics
Spanish in contact

Research interests
Documentation and digital preservation of the Spanish spoken in Catalonia
Social, cultural, and linguistic effects of language contact and bilingualism in Catalonia
Ways of constructing linguistic identities and ideologies in Catalonia

Dr. Robert E. Vann, Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the WMU Department of Spanish, received his B.A. and M.A. at The University of Illinois-Urbana and his Ph.D. in Iberoromance Linguistics and Philology at The University of Texas-Austin. Professor Vann is a specialist in Spanish language, culture, and society in Catalonia. His main areas of research have investigated ways of speaking, linguistic identities, and linguistic ideologies in Barcelona, the sociocultural and linguistic effects of language contact and bilingualism in Catalonia, and, most recently, the documentation and digital preservation of spoken language data in Catalan Spanish. Dr. Vann's first book on this subject, Materials for the sociolinguistic description and corpus-based study of Spanish in Barcelona: Toward a documentation of colloquial Spanish in naturally occurring groups (2009), includes a critical introduction that recognizes the legitimacy of Spanish in Catalonia and contains the first published transcripts of a spoken language corpus of colloquial Spanish conversations held in naturally-occurring social groups in Barcelona. The monograph provides a resource for studying the unique characteristics of Catalan Spanish. Dr. Vann has created more than fifteen different Spanish linguistics courses at WMU and he recently directed WMU's first doctoral dissertation in Spanish linguistics. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Vann was founding director of a student exchange program with Universitat de Lleida, Catalonia. Dr. Vann has given plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences in Spain, England, Germany, and the United States and has published more than 25 refereed articles on language contact, language ideology, and language documentation. Professor Vann serves the department as a Spanish undergraduate advisor.

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