Laura Colantoni

Laura Colantoni

Professor, BA, MA, PhD (Minnesota)
Room 304 Northrop Frye Hall, (416) 585-4454,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Laura Colantoni is a Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She received her BA in Linguistics from the University of Buenos Aires and her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on sound change and categorization and the second language acquisition of variable phonetic parameters. She published an edited volume on Argentine Spanish in 2013 (Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina, Iberoamericana, w/C. Rodríguez Louro), and has recently published another book: Second Language speech: An Introduction (w/ P. Escudero, & J. Steele) with Cambridge University Press. In recent years, she has been working on several SSHRC and UofT supported research projects, alone and in collaboration with colleagues in French, Linguistics and Speech and Language pathology. Her most recent SSHRC-funded project focused on the acquisition of L2 English intonation (w/ M. Ortega-Llebaria, A. Johns, and J.I. Hualde) by Spanish, Mandarin and Inuktitut speakers. She is also currently collaborating with A. Kochetov and J. Steele on an electropalatographic study of assimilatory patterns in English, French and Spanish as first and second languages.

Specialty Courses


Experimental approaches to sound variation and change in Spanish
Topics in Romance phonetics and phonology II: experimental approaches


Sociolinguistics of Spanish
Spanish for bilinguals
Phonetic analysis

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