Professor Mariska Bolyanatz
Assistant Professor, Spanish and French Studies
B.A., Gordon College, Massachusetts; M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago; Ph.D., UCLA
Appointed In
Johnson Hall 416
Mondays 1PM-2PM and Wednesdays 2PM-4PM

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown (IPA: [məˈɾiʃkə boʊliˈɑnɪts bɹɑʊn]) is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish.

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Prof. Bolyanatz Brown uncovers the social meanings attached to phonetic variants and determines what implications these associations have for speakers and their interlocutors.

Courses taught

At Oxy, Prof. Bolyanatz Brown has taught the following courses:

  • Spanish 101 (first-semester introductory Spanish)
  • Spanish 102 (second-semester introductory Spanish)
  • Spanish 342 (Spanish in the United States)
  • Spanish 343 (Spanish Sociolinguistics)
  • Linguistics 301 (Introduction to Linguistics)
  • Linguistics 351 (Phonetics)

Her pedagogical strategies are geared toward creating an inclusive classroom environment in which students from all backgrounds can explore everyday language use and relate it to issues beyond the academy. As a component of a liberal arts education, these courses require students to develop pattern recognition and data analysis skills and foster their awareness of the linguistic and social systems undergirding language use.


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Rogers, Brandon and Mariška Bolyanatz. 2022. El debilitamiento de /s/ codal en Santiago y Concepción, Chile. Boletín de Filología (57:2), 367-398. Complete PDF.
  • Bolyanatz, Mariška and Franny Brogan. 2021. Acoustic differences between Chilean and Salvadoran Spanish /s/. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 150 (4): 2446–60.
  • Bolyanatz, Mariška. 2020. Evidence for incomplete neutralization in Chilean Spanish. Phonetica 77:107-130. 2020. Complete PDF (First published online, 2018)
  • Brogan, Franny and Mariška Bolyanatz. 2018. A sociophonetic account of onset /s/ weakening in Salvadoran Spanish: Instrumental and segmental analyses. Language Variation and Change 30(2):1-28, 2018. doi:10.1017/S0954394518000066 Complete PDF

  • Bolyanatz, Mariška. 2015. La /s/ y la /d/ del castellano chileno: Un análisis variacionista. Voices 3(1): 63-80, 2015. Complete PDF
  • Bolyanatz 2012. Ahora, por ejemplo: ahora as a discursive deictic in Chilean Spanish. Mester 41(1):79-98,2012. Complete PDF

Refereed Book Chapters

  • A sociophonetic account of coda liquid neutralization in Santiago Spanish. 2021. Lingüística del castellano chileno: Estudios sobre variación, innovación, contacto e identidad (Eds. Brandon Rogers and Mauricio Figueroa; Chapter 7), pp. 165-192. Link to book via publisher page.

  • Bolyanatz Brown, Mariška and Brandon Rogers. 2019. Social perception of intervocalic /k/ voicing in Chilean Spanish. Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception (Ed. Whitney Chappell; Chapter 7). Complete PDF

Conference Proceedings

  • Bolyanatz 2015. Las estrategias compensatorias de los hablantes chilenos: una ampliación acústica de la investigación de /s/ implosiva. In Normas 7: Perspectivas actuales en el análisis fónico del habla: Tradición y avances en la fonética experimental, ed. Adrián Cabedo Nebot. Pp. 373-386, 2015. Complete PDF
  • Potowski, Kim, and Mariška Bolyanatz. 2012. Reactions to (in)felicitous codeswitching: Heritage speakers vs. L2 learners. In Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, eds. Kimberly Geeslin & Manuel Díaz-Campos. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. Complete PDF