Jason Killam is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages.
He taught seven years of Spanish at the high school level in Texas before completing a PhD in Spanish Linguistics with a focus on second language acquisition at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 2011. His dissertation, “An Interlanguage Analysis of Differential Object Marking in L2 Spanish,” focused on the acquisition of the marking patterns of human direct objects.
His main research interests are in the fields of Variationist SLA and Sociolinguistics. Collaborative publications include "The SLA of Direct Object Pronouns in a Study Abroad Immersion Environment Where Use Is Variable" (2010), "The L2 acquisition of variable perfective past time reference in Spanish in an overseas immersion setting" (2012), and "Assessing Language Attitudes through a Matched-guise Experiment: The Case of Consonantal Deletion in Venezuelan Spanish" (2012). More recently, he has published "Direct Object Marking and Word Order Processing
in Spanish: An Unclear Connection" (2014) and has another collaborative work to appear "Contribuciones de los estudios de percepción en
la identificación y la descripción de las variedades diatópicas y diastráticas
del español contemporáneo" (Forthcoming).
Killam currently serves as program director for the IUP/UNA Study Abroad program that will run from May 15 to June 12, 2016. Application deadline is December 15, 2015.
Also, Killam will be coordinating the 2016 APPLES Foreign Language Festival.
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