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Jason Killam

Dr. Jason Killam is an assistant 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 Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with a focus on Second Language Acquisition at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 2011.

His main research interests are in the fields of Variationist SLA and Sociolinguistics. He has been a part of three recent collaborative works related to these two fields. Two of these are based on Variationist SLA, including The SLA of Direct Object Pronouns in a Study Abroad Immersion Environment Where Use Is Variable (2010) and The L2 acquisition of variable perfective past time reference in Spanish in an overseas immersion setting (Forthcoming). A recent work in sociolinguistic perception, Assessing Language Attitudes through a Matched-guise Experiment: The Case of Consonantal Deletion in Venezuelan Spanish (Forthcoming), has also been accepted for publication.

His dissertation, “An Interlanguage Analysis of Differential Object Marking in L2 Spanish,” focused on the acquisition of the marking patterns of human direct objects, another variable structure in Spanish. Unlike the two published works which focused on study abroad learners, his dissertation focuses on classroom acquisition.

  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Sutton Hall, Room 455
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705
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  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.