Amanda Boomershine Ph.D.

A Boomershine Associate Professor 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. In addition, she coordinates the department's internship program. She has published a book chapter and articles in the fields of socio-phonetics and language variation. Her current research projects include a phonetic analysis of the Spanish and English vowel systems of heritage and bilingual speakers of Spanish, a perception study of English and Spanish sounds by bilingual, monolingual, and heritage speakers of Spanish and English, and a sociolinguistic analysis of the Spanish spoken in North Carolina. 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. She serves on the advisory board for the Centro Hispano UNCW and is the president of the local chapter of the United Nations Association. is on the PTA board and School Improvement Team (SIT) at the International School at Gregory, and is a member of both AAUW and the League of Women Voters. In addition, she is the vice-president of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference and is the Institutes of Higher Education representative on the board of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

Recent Publications:

Boomershine, Amanda and Rebecca Ronquest. In Press. 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. [Refereed Chapter]

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.