Mariška Bolyanatz Brown

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

M 12:00pm-1:00pm; TH 11:00am-1:00pm and by appointment Via Zoom PW: 051986

Mariška Bolyanatz Brown is a linguist whose work focuses on socially conditioned variation in speech production and perception in Spanish. Read her Oxy Story profile.

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

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.


Referred Journal Articles

  • Bolyanatz, 2020. Evidence for incomplete neutralization in Chilean Spanish. Phonetica 77:107-130. 2020. Complete PDF (First published online, 2018)
  • 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
  • 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 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

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, ed. Kimberly Geeslin & Manuel Díaz-Campos. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. Complete PDF