Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. Brandon Rogers

Assistant Professor of Spanish




Language, I believe, is one of the most, if not the most, complex function of which we as human beings are capable. My specific linguistics interests are how language, communicates different meanings at a prosodic level (intonation, speech rhythm, and stress), at a social level, and when in contact with other languages. My research has looked at the unique intonational patterns of Chilean Spanish and their possible pragmatic and prosodic origins in Mapudungun. I have also studied how individual phones (sounds) vary according to social factors (i.e. age, gender, socioeconomic stratification etc.) and linguistic factors in Chilean and Peruvian Spanish, and how the sound systems of Miami-Cuban Spanish and English influence one another. Likewise, I teach courses in which I seek to use my research interests and findings to facilitate increased interest and comprehension of linguistics, translation, and the Spanish language.

Recent Publications

Rogers, Brandon M. A. (forthcoming). La transferencia pragmática a través del contacto lingüístico: las mesetas entonativas del castellano chileno y el mapudungun como mecanismo de extensión de foco. Boletín de Filología.

Rogers, Brandon M. A. (2020) The state of Spanish /s/ variation in Concepción, Chile: Linguistic and social trends. Open Linguistics (6)1, 132-153. 

Mena, Daniela; Figueroa, Mauricio; & Rogers, Brandon M.A. (2019).  Losing one allophone at a time: An acoustic and statistical study on Mapudungun's sixth vowel. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). 

Rogers, Brandon M.A. & Mirisis, Christina S. (2018). Voiceless stop lenition as linguistic and social phenomena in Concepción, Chile.  Borealis: An International Journal in Hispanic Linguistics 7(2), 187-215. 

Rogers, Brandon M.A.; Rao, Rajiv G.; & Burner, Matthew (forthcoming). Exploring extended focus and meaning in Chilean Spanish intonational plateau contours in Juan J. Colomina-Alimñana & Sessarego Sandro (eds.). Language Patterns in Spanish and Beyond. Routledge: New York. 

Rogers, Brandon M. A., Scott M. Alvord, & Doug Porter, (2020). The effect of study, dialect, and extended time abroad on the L2 acquisition of Spanish speech rhythm: Results and methodological concerns in Scott M. Alvord & Greg Thompson (eds.) Spanish in the US: Variation, Attitudes, and Pedagogy, (pp.111-136). Routledge: New York. 

Rogers, Brandon, M.A. & Klee, Carol A. (2020). Social Change and /s/ Variation in Concepción, Chile and Lima, Peru: The Role of Dialect and Sociolectal Contact in Luis Ortiz, Guzzardo Tamargo Rosa E., & González-River Melvin (eds.), Hispanic Contact Linguistics: Theoretical, Methodological, and Empirical Perspectives, (pp.85-114). John Benjamins: Philadelphia.

Rogers, Brandon M. A (2020). Exploring Focus Extension in Mapudungun and Chilean Spanish Intonational Plateau Patterns: The Case for Pragmatic Transfer through Language Contact, in Rao Rajiv G. (ed.), Spanish phonetics and phonology in contact: Studies from Africa, the Americas, and Spain (pp.294-323). John Benjamins: Philadelphia.

Research Interests

  • Sociophonetics
  • Phonology
  • Chilean Spanish
  • Intonation and Prosody
  • Language contact
  • Mapudungun
  • Indigenous languages
  • Translation of Mapudungun
  • Medical Spanish

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
  • Language Contact in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • Phonetics
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Medical Spanish: Translation and Interpretation
  • Spanish Writing and Composition

Current Projects

  • Mapudungun speech rhythm
  • Socioprosodic variation in Concepción Chile: Speech rhythm
  • Translation of various Mapudungun texts to English
  • Linguistic and Extralinguistic Factors that Condition /s/ Variation in Lima, Peru: Migration and Language Change


CMLL Spanish Program

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    CMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409
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