Donald Tuten

Donald Tuten

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

OFFICE: Callaway Center, Rm S512
PHONE: 404-727-6487

Dr. Tuten received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. His research in historical sociolinguistics focuses on questions of language change in Spanish and other Romance languages, with particular attention to how social, cultural and political factors interact with cognitive factors to influence change.

His book Koineization in Medieval Spanish (Mouton de Gruyter) examined the effects of dialect mixing on the history of medieval Castilian, during which many of the key features of the modern language developed. Dr. Tuten continues to study dialect contact and mixing but has become increasingly interested in how cultural factors influence the outcomes of dialect/language contact and mixing. For instance, he is researching standardization in the medieval and early modern history of Spanish, with attention to the contrasts and interactions between koineization (as a "quasi-automatic" process) and standardization (as a conscious and political shaping of the language). He is also interested in how changes in demographic and social mobility in the early modern period combined with changes in social and political ideology to shape change in language usage, particularly the use and grammar of address forms.

Currently, Dr. Tuten is at work on two co-authored book projects for Routledge. The first (with Fernando Tejedo-Herrero, Rajiv Rao and Robyn Clarke) is a textbook of Spanish phonetics and social variation. The second (with Fernando Tejedo-Herrero and Enrique Pato) is a history of the Spanish language which examines change in forms, use and status of Spanish from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

Dr. Tuten has a strong interest in the areas of applied linguistics and the pedagogy of language and culture. He is principal author of five editions of the intermediate Spanish language and Hispanic culture textbook Fuentes: Lectura y redacción (first three editions published by Houghton Mifflin, now published by Cengage/Heinle; co-authored with Lucía Caycedo Garner and Carmelo Esterrich) and is a collaborating author of the companion volume Fuentes: Gramática y conversación.

Previously, Dr. Tuten has served in a number of administrative roles at Emory: Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2015-2018), Director of the Program in Linguistics (2005-2011), and Director of the Spanish Language Program (1996-2009). Beyond Emory, he has participated actively in the founding and organization of NARNiHS, the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics, which is now a sister society of the Linguistic Society of America.

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Courses taught in Linguistics

LING 201 Foundations of Linguistics (same as ANT 203)
LING 303 Phonetics: The Sounds of Spanish (same as SPAN 303)
LING 333 Language, Gender and Sexuality (same as ANT 325, WS 333)
LING 385 Bilingualism (same as PSYC 385)
LING 408 Language and Identity in Spain (same as SPAN 408)
LING 485 Dueling Tongues: Lang, Society & Identity in Spain (same as SPAN 410)
LING 485 History of the Spanish Language (same as SPAN 410)
LING 485 Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism and Multilingualism (same as SPAN 410)
LING 485 The Spanish Language: Yesterday and Today (same as SPAN 410)
LING 585 History and Historiography of Spanish (same as HIST 585 & SPAN 610)