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John Lipski

John Lipski

Co-Principal Investigator at Penn State

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish Linguistic

Director of the Linguistics Program


Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as department head from 2000 to 2005. He received his B. A. from Rice University, and his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Alberta. He has taught at Newark State College/Kean College of New Jersey, Michigan State University, The University of Houston, The University of Florida, and The University of New Mexico; at the latter university he served as department chair from 1996 to 2000. 

His research involves the study of bilingual contact situations that represent limiting cases allowing for the separation of research variables that are inextricably intertwined in more frequently studied environments. phonology, particularly, Spanish and Portuguese language variation, the linguistic aspects of bilingualism, creole languages, and the African contribution to Spanish and Portuguese. He has done fieldwork in Spain (including the Canary Islands), Africa, Brazil and all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, the Philippines, Guam, and many Spanish-speaking communities within the United States. His research has been funded by two Fulbright research fellowships, an NEH summer fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a grant from Penn State's Africana Research Center, and numerous university-internal grants. 


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Representative Publications:

    • Depleted plural marking in two Afro-Hispanic dialects: separating inheritance from innovation. Language Variation and Change 22 (2010), 1-44.
    • Pitch polarity in Palenquero. Romance Linguistics 2009, ed. Sonia Colina, Antxon Olarrea, and Ana Maria Carvalho (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2010), pp. 111-127.
    • Tracing the origins of Panamanian Congo speech: the pathways of regional variation.Diachronica 26 (2009).380-407
    • "Fluent dysfluency" as congruent lexicalization: a special case of radical code-mixing.Journal of Language Contact 2 (2009), 1-39.
    • Afro-Paraguayan Spanish: the negation of non-existence. Journal of Pan-African Studiesvol. 2 no. 7 (2008), 2-32.
    • Varieties of Spanish in the United States (Georgetown University Press, 2008).
    • Afro-Bolivian Spanish (Vervuert/Iberoamericana, 2008).
    • A history of Afro-Hispanic language (Cambridge University Press, 2005).