Amanda Boomershine Ph.D.

AB_Zoom.pngProfessor of Spanish
Office: Leutze Hall 216
Tel: (910) 962-7922
FAX: (910) 962-7712
E-mail: boomershinea

B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., Ph.D. Ohio State University

Dr. Boomershine teaches courses in Hispanic linguistics, service-learning, and seminars on topics such as immigration and linguistic variation. She serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the combined BA/MA, MA, and Certificate programs in Spanish / Hispanic Studies. She also coordinates the department's internship program. She is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, 2020 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, 2019 Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, 2018 Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award and the 2018 Global Community Award. She enjoys involving graduate and undergraduate students in her research projects. She is active in the community, developing service-learning opportunities for students of Spanish at all levels and also enjoys taking students abroad. She serves as the co-leader of UNCW’s Latino Alliance and is a member of both AAUW and the League of Women Voters. In addition, she is on the board of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference and the Cape Fear HealthNet Board. She enjoys working with the Latinx and refugee communities to ensure they feel welcomed and connected to the community.

Recent Publications:

Boomershine, Amanda and John Stevens. 2021. Variable /s/-voicing by heritage Spanish speakers in the United States. In Elena Núñez (Ed.), Sociolinguistic Approaches to Sibilant Variation in Spanish. UK: Routledge Press. 

Boomershine, Amanda and Stephanie Forgash. 2021. Social Perception of the Variable Realization of /tʃ/ in Chile. In Manuel Díaz-Campos and Sandro Sessarego (Eds.), Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Boomershine, Amanda and Rebecca Ronquest. 2019. Teaching pronunciation to Spanish heritage speakers. In Rajiv Rao (Ed.), Routledge Advances in Spanish Language Teaching: The Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation. UK: Routledge Press.

Boomershine, Amanda and Ji Young Kim. 2018. Speech perception. In Kimberly L. Geeslin (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Cambridge UP, pp 237-258. 

Lewis, Greg and Amanda Boomershine. 2015. The Realization of Word-Final, Preconsonantal /s/ in the Spanish of Mexico City. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. 8:1, pp. 157–182.

Boomershine, Amanda. 2013. The Perception of English Vowels by Monolingual, Bilingual, and Heritage Speakers of Spanish and English. In S. Blackwell and C. Howe (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press, pp 103 - 118.

Boomershine, Amanda. 2009. Perceptual Processing of Variable Input in Spanish. Germany: VDM Verlag.

Boomershine, Amanda, Kathleen Currie Hall, Beth Hume, and Keith Johnson. 2008. The Influence of Allophony vs. Contrast on Perception: The Case of Spanish and English. In P. Avery, E. Dresher & K. Rice (eds.), Phonological Contrast. Mouton.

Boomershine, Amanda. 2007. An Exemplar Based Approach to Speech Processing. In P. Reich and B. Sullivan (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the LACUS Forum XXXIII.

Boomershine, Amanda. 2006. Perceiving and Processing Dialectal Variation in Spanish: An Exemplar Theory Approach. In Face, Timothy (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 8th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Massachusetts: Cascadilla Press.