Joseph Kern


Assistant Professor of Spanish

Joseph Kern received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Arizona. His research interests include discourse-pragmatic variation and language contact. In his research, he explores how bilinguals draw on both languages they speak to structure how they talk. At UVA Wise, he teaches Spanish at all levels from elementary Spanish to advanced courses in Spanish grammar and linguistics. He spends his free time singing in several choirs and spending time with family and friends. He also likes to travel, go to the theater, and attend athletic events.

Recent Publications

Kern, J. (2019). Quotatives in English and Spanish among bilinguals. Sociolinguistic Studies, 13(4).

Kern, J. (2019). Like in English and como, como que, and like in Spanish in the speech of Southern Arizona bilinguals. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Kern, J. (2017). Unpacking the variable context of quotatives in the Spanish of the U.S. Southwest. Spanish in Context, 14(1), 124-143.

Kern. J. (2014). Como in commute: The travels of a discourse marker across languages. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 7(2), 279-298.

Ph.D., University of Arizona
M.A., University of Arizona
B.A., University of Louisville
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