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Jorge M. Guitart

923 Clemens Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2018 - Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m.; Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m.; or by appointment
(716) 645-0868


  • B.A., George Washington University, 1967
  • M.S., Georgetown University, 1970
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1973

Courses Regularly Taught

  • SPA 325: Phonetics
  • SPA 455/555: Phonology
  • SPA 382: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theory
  • SPA 506: Latin American Spanish Dialectology
  • SPA 413: Grammar and Translation
  • Spa 456: Spanish Syntax

Research Interests

  • Principles and Processes Phonology
  • Vowel coalescence in Spanish
  • Dialectal variation in the perception of English vowels by Spanish speakers
  • Role and case in Spanish nominals
  • Cleft constructions in Latin American Spanish

Selected Publications

  • “Consonantes.” Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica I. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • (with Gabriela Vokic) “Coalescence of Four-Vocoid Sequences: Containing a Single Non-High Vowel in Spanish.” Lingua Americana 36 (2015): 17-44.
  • “Del uso de las  oraciones hendidas en el español actual”. Revista Internacional d’Humanitats 27 (2013): 89-104.
  • (with Gabriela Vokic) “On the phonetic realization of underlying sequences of more than three vocoids in Spanish: spectrographic evidence and theoretical implications.” Southwest Journal of Linguistics 28 (2009): 71-102.
  • Sociophonetic Knowledge of Spanish and Control of Style.” Selected Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Lotfi Sayahi and Maurice Westmoreland. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 2005. Pages 16-23.
  • “En torno a un cambio en la pronunciación del español de la Habana en el último tercio del siglo XX y sus posibles causas.” Lingua Americana 14:9-20, 2004
  • Sonido y sentido: teoría y práctica de la pronunciación del español. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.