Language policies and politics or social aspects of multilingualism
Workshop: 8.02 - 10. 02. 2017
Workshop: 8.02 - 10. 02. 2017
Department of Spanish
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Tel: 570-577-1763; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research interests Language variation & change, sociolinguistics, grammaticalization, Hispanic linguistics, creole studies, Palenquero, African American Vernacular English, critical race studies
2014. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. PhD, Spanish Linguistics
Dissertation director: Rena Torres Cacoullos
Dissertation title: Patterns of variable tense-aspect marking in Palenquero creole
2008. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. MA, Hispanic Linguistics
2006. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. BA, Languages
1998-1999. Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma. Romance Languages
Bucknell University, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Span 105 Intermediate Spanish
Span 207 Toward Advanced Spanish
Span 239 Hispanic Linguistics
Span 245 Lengua y Cultura en España (Professor-in-residence Granada, Spain 2015-16)
Span 339 History of the Spanish Language
The Pennsylvania State University
Span 418 The Evolution of Spanish
Span 215 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Span 003 Intermediate Spanish
Span 001 Elementary Spanish 1
Span 051 Elementary Intensive Spanish for Graduate Students 1
Ling 100 Foundations of Linguistics (Penn State World Campus, online)
The University of New Mexico
Span 104 Conversational Spanish
Span 102 Elementary Spanish 2
Span 101 Elementary Spanish 1
Smith, Hiram. (2013). Habitual aspect marking in Palenquero: variation in present temporal reference. In Selected Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, eds. Ana Carvahlo and Sara Beaudrie. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 97-108.
Smith, Hiram L. (in press, 2017). Addressing questions of grammaticalization in creoles: It’s all about the methodology. Typology and Grammaticalization, Bernd, Heine, Heiko Narrog & Parshant Pardeshi, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Smith, Hiram L. (under review). Dimensionalizing creole grammars: Describing tense-aspect ‘marking’ in Palenquero creole. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages.
Smith, Hiram L. & Sienicki, Ben. (in preparation). On the statistical hallmarks of grammaticalization: When is enough enough?
Smith, Hiram L. (in preparation). The N-word: Denotation, connotation, pronunciation and the Great Black Migration.
2016 Building the case for the grammaticalization of ase: We have to test this stuff. New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 45), Simon Fraser University and Victoria University. Vancouver, British Columbia. November 3-6, 2016.
2016 How do we test whether grammaticalization has taken place in a creole language? Invited speaker. University of Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany. April 19, 2016.
2015 Aspectos lingüísticos en la lengua palenquera: Análisis de un estudio de caso en investigación cuantitativa. Invited speaker. Centro Colombo Americano, Barranquilla, Colombia. May 27, 2015.
2015 The Recency Illusion: Why it’s not true that the N-word has recently been reclaimed by Blacks as a term of endearment. Invited speaker. Hip-Hop Symposium, hosted by the Black Student Union, Bucknell University. April 17, 2015.
2015 Testing language-internal change in Palenquero using the one-two punch: the variationist method and grammaticalization theory. The XVIII Annual Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL), Ohio State University. April 10-11, 2015.
2015 The fallacy of linguistic prejudice: rethinking the linguistic ‘gospel’ we’ve all been socialized to believe. Invited speaker. First Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Teach-in, Bucknell University. January 19, 2015.
2014 The fallacy of linguistic prejudice: rethinking the linguistic ‘gospel’ we’ve all been socialized to believe. Invited speaker. Second Bi-annual Emerging Scholars in Africana Studies Conference, Gettysburg College. October 3, 2014.
2013 Linguistic detective work: using circumstantial and ‘fingerprint’ evidence to solve the mystery of Palenquero’s grammar. Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series, Penn State University. March 13, 2013.
2013 What we should know about (each other’s and our own) language, but don’t know. Invited speaker. Multicultural Interest Group (MIG) for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University. February 27, 2013.
2013 Project Palenquero: validating the language spoken in a maroon settlement. Africana Research Center Brown Bag Series, Penn State University. February 25, 2013.
2013 Fact or Fiction: What do you know about Black English? Invited Speaker. Via Skype. Covenant University. February 22, 2013.
2012 Palenquero creole. Invited talk. Gettysburg University. November 30, 2012.
2012 Habitual aspect in Palenquero: asé or zero marking? Paper presented at The 6th International Spanish Sociolinguistics Workshop, The University of Arizona. April 12-14, 2012.
2012 Habitual marking in Palenquero creole. Center for Language Science, Penn State University. March 30, 2012.
2012 Using linguistic clues to determine where creoles come from: the case of Palenquero, The 27th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Penn State University. http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/search/collection/posters/searchterm/hiram%20smith/field/all/mode/all/conn/or/order/creato/ad/asc/cosuppress/1 . March 23-25, 2012.
2011 A look at Habitual Aspect in Palenquero: the asé marker. Romance Linguistic Speaker Series Graduate Poster Session, Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, Penn State University. October 20, 2011.
2011 Toward a fine(r)-grained analysis of Palenquero -ba. Young Scholar Speaker Series Graduate Poster Session, Center of Language Science, Penn State University. January 13, 2011.
2009 Evidence for British and Southern White Vernacular Influence in Grandmama’s Speech. The 2009 UT Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL. March 6, 2009.
2009 The N Word: Some Sociohistorical Considerations. The 16th Annual Anthropology Graduate Research Symposium, University of New Mexico. February 28, 2009.
2008. The 2nd Annual UNM N-word Luncheon, Invited panel member. University of New Mexico. November 18, 2008.
Professional meetings attended
2016 Sociolinguistics Symposium 21. Universidad de Murcia. Murcia, Spain. June 15-18, 2016.
2013 New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 42), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 17-20, 2013.
2011 New Ways of Analyzing Variation, Special Anniversary Conference (NWAV 40), Georgetown University, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. October 27-30, 2011.
2010 The 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
January 8-12, 2010.
2008 High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS 8), University of New Mexico. November 6-8,
Awards and recognition
2016 International Research and Travel Grant ($4,000) from Office of the Dean, Bucknell University.
2015 Summer Scholarly Development Grant ($4,000) for “The effects of urbanization on a creole language” from the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender at Bucknell University.
2012 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award ($10,994) for “Patterns of variable grammatical marking in Palenquero creole” from the National Science Foundation (NSF). BCS award #1226655.
2012 Dissertation Enhancement Award ($4,000) by means of the RGSO Dissertation Support Competition from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) at Penn State.
2012 2012 Career Development Award ($2,000) from the Center for Global Studies at Penn State. This award supports the professional development of Liberal Arts ABD doctoral students and early career faculty through international research and travel.
2011 Africana Research Grant ($2,000) for “Project Palenquero: Validating the Language of a Maroon Settlement.” Grant was provided by the Africana Research Center at Penn State University to fund international research in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. Fall 2011.
2011 Center for Language Science Travel Award. ($2,000). Grant was provided by the Center for Language Science at Penn State University to fund international research in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. May, 2011.
2010 Linguistic Society of America Travel Award. ($500). Competitive grant to attend The 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Baltimore, MD.
January 8-12, 2010.
2009 Bunton-Waller Fellowship. Penn State University.
2009 Waddell Biggart Graduate Fellowship. Penn State University.
2009 Yumi Nakamura Prize for Outstanding Oral Presentation ($250). 2009 UT
Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL. March 6, 2009.
2009 Best in Session, Ethnography and Language ($100), The 16th Annual Anthropology Graduate Research Symposium, University of New Mexico. February 28, 2009.
2006 Nominated, Teaching Assistant of the Year, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of New Mexico.
Recognition of Excellence, African American Student Affairs, University of New Mexico.
1998 Outstanding Minority Voice. Department of Modern Languages, Cameron University.
1998 Outstanding Student Achievement. Department of Modern Languages, Cameron University.
Membership in professional organizations
2007-present Linguistic Society of America
2009-present The Center for Language Science at Penn State
2010-present African American Language Special Interest Group (LSA)
Service to Bucknell University
Professor-in-Residence, Bucknell en España
2016 Faculty and Academic Personnel Committee (FAPC)
Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender (CSREG)
Africana Studies Advisory Committee
Diversity Action Team