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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Stephen Fafulas, Ph.D.

Fafulas.StephenAssociate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Office: Howry 208
Phone: 662-915-8987

Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University (2013)
M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University (2009)
B.A in Spanish, University of Florida (2005)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Hispanic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, U.S. Spanish, Amazonian Spanish, Syntax, Morphology, Sociophonetics

Courses Taught:
LING 702: Linguistic Fieldwork and Data Analysis
SPAN 672: Research and Practice in Classroom Second Language Acquisition
SPAN 572: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
SPAN 330: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
LING 313: Introduction to Linguistics
SPAN 371: Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
SPAN 303: Spanish Conversation and Composition

Recent Publications:


Fafulas, Stephen. (Editor). Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics book series, volume 23). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2020.


Fafulas, Stephen, Hearn, Samuel, and Fionda, Maria. “Short-term Study Abroad and Dialect Acquisition: An Analysis of the Personal Pronoun Ustedes with Verb-2pl and 2pl-Indirect Object Pronoun Constructions by L2 Learners of Spanish in Andalucía.” Study Abroad and the Second Language Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Variation in Spanishedited by Sara Zahler, Avizia Long, and Bret Linford, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2023, pp.204–228.

Fafulas, Stephen, Henriksen, Nicholas and O’Rourke, Erin. “Sound change and gender-based differences in isolated regions: acoustic analysis of intervocalic phonemic stops by Bora-Spanish bilinguals.” Linguistics Vanguard, vol. 8, no. s5, 2022, pp. 557-568.

Henriksen, Nicholas, Stephen Fafulas, and Erin O’Rourke. “Intervocalic phonemic stop realization in Amazonian Peru: the case of Yagua Spanish.” Spanish phonetics and phonology in contact: Studies from Africa, the Americas, and Spain, edited by Rajiv Rao, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2020, pp. 142–161.

Fafulas, Stephen and Ricard Viñas de Puig. “Emerging ethnolinguistic varieties in the Amazon: The case of Yagua Spanish.” Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution, edited by Stephen Fafulas, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2020, pp. 156–190.

Perry, Jamie, Katelyn Kotlarek, Lucía Mendez, Yolanda Holt, Stephen Fafulas, and Katie Broadwell. “Nasometric Comparison Between Spanish–English Bilingual and English Monolingual Children.” The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, vol. 56, no. 3, 2019, pp. 331-339.

Fafulas, Stephen, Manuel Díaz-Campos, and Michael Gradoville. “Stable Variation or Change in Progress? A Sociolinguistic Analysis of PA(RA) in the Spanish of Venezuela.” Language Variation and Contact-Induced Change: Spanish across Space and Time, edited by Jeremy King and Sandro Sessarego, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2018, pp. 223-245.

Méndez, Lucía, Jamie Perry, Yolanda Holt, Hui Bian, and Stephen Fafulas. “Same or different: Narrative retells in bilingual Latino kindergarten children.” Bilingual Research Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp.150-166.

Henriksen, Nicholas and Stephen Fafulas. “Prosodic timing and language contact: Spanish and Yagua in Amazonian Peru.” Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, vol. 10, no. 2, 2017, pp. 225-257.

Rodríguez-Mondoñedo, Miguel and Stephen Fafulas. “Double Possession in Peruvian Amazonian Spanish.” Inquires in Hispanic Linguistics: From Theory to Empirical Evidence, edited by Alejandro Cuza, Lori Czerwionka, and Daniel Olson, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016, 335-354.

Kanwit, Matthew, Kimberly L. Geeslin, and Stephen Fafulas. “Study abroad and the SLA of variable structures: A look at the present perfect, the copula contrast, and the present progressive in Mexico and Spain.” Probus, vol. 27, no. 2, 2015, pp. 307-348.

Fafulas, Stephen. “The Pear Stories Film: Simple Presents and Present Progressives in Portuguese, Spanish and English.” Estudos Linguísticos/Linguistic Studies, vol. 11, 2015, pp. 61-81.

O’Rourke, Erin and Stephen Fafulas. “Spanish in Contact in the Peruvian Amazon: An Examination of Intervocalic Voiced Stops.” Selected Proceedings of the 6thConference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology, edited byErik W. Willis, Pedro Martín Butragueño, and Esther Herrera Zendejas, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2015, pp. 145-

Fafulas, Stephen. “Progressive Constructions in Native-Speaker and Adult-Acquired Spanish.” Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, vol. 8, no. 1, 2015, pp. 85-133.

Awards and Honors:

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar, U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission. University of Murcia, Spain, 2022. 
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend “Documenting Language Practices, Cultures and Ideologies among Indigenous Communities in the Peruvian Amazon,” 2022.
  • Achieving Equity Investment Grant, Project “Working towards equity and documenting diversity among Latinx populations in New Destination Communities of the U.S. South,” 2022-2024.
  • Junior Faculty Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Mississippi, 2018
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (Co-PI), National Science Foundation “First and Second-Language Patterns of Variation: Acquisition and Use of Simple Present and Present Progressive Forms in Spanish and English” [#1226945], 2012-2014
  • Dissertation Year Research Fellowship, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, 2012-2013
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship, intensive Portuguese in Brazil, Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 2011 and 2012
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship, Modern Greek, Indiana University Institute for European Studies, 2009-2010
  • Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International [Host Club 4890 Buenos Aires, Argentina], 2006-2007

TED Talk

Fafulas, Stephen. Mexissippi: preparing for the future of Spanish in the South. TEDxUniversityofMississippi 2020.

Web Resources:

SEC Spanish Consortium
SoCIOLing Lab
Research Gate Profile
Dr. Stephen Fafulas
Spanish Program
Linguistics Program