Nyssa Knarvik

Assistant Professor of Spanish

 

Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Office: Clark C 107

Office Hours: Tues 1-2, Wed 2-3 and by appt.

nknarvik@colostate.edu

Curriculum Vitae:

Introduction

 

I am an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. I am also Doctoral Candidate in Spanish Linguistics at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.  My research interests are in Second-language acquisition, Online language pedagogy, and Spanish for Professions. I currently teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, Spanish for Professions, and Spanish linguistics online. When not engaged in academic pursuits I enjoy skiing, hiking, and being involved in my community.

Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish Linguistics, expected January 2021

Dissertation: Analyzing differences in lexical development in Spanish second-language and heritage speakers

Committee: Megan Solon (chair), Lotfi Sayahi, and Sara Zahler

 
EDUCATION
 
expected January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy

University at Albany, Albany, NY

Spanish Linguistics

December 2010
Master of Arts

University at Albany, Albany, NY

Spanish Linguistics
May 2007
Bachelor of Arts

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Spanish
Minors in Secondary Education and European Studies
RESEARCH
 

Research Interests

 

Second language acquisition, Heritage language acquisition, Languages for Specific Purposes (Spanish for Professions), Online language pedagogy

Dissertation

Analyzing differences in lexical development in Spanish second-language and heritage speakers. Defense expected January 2021

Committee: Megan Solon (chair), Lotfi Sayahi, and Sara Zahler

Publications

Solon, M., Knarvik, N., and Corbett, C. (under review). Invariant lateralization and complete neutralization as a function of language experience? Rhotics in US Caribbean Spanish.

Solon, M., Knarvik, N.and DeClerck, J. (2019). On comparison groups in heritage phonetics/phonology research: The case of bilingual Spanish vowels. Hispanic Studies Review, 4(1), 165-192. 

Book Reviews

Knarvik, N. (2007). Review of L. Bowker Computer-Aided Translation Technology: A Practical Introduction. Cadernos de Tradução, 19, 246-249.

Conference Presentations

Knarvik, N. (February 2020). Telenovelas and TV shows in the classroom. Paper presented at Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Conference, Loveland, CO.

 

Knarvik, N. (October 2019). The relationship between lexical diversity, lexical density, and proficiency in L2 and heritage speakers. Paper presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.

Knarvik, N. (February 2019). Individualizing learning through student blogs. Paper presented at Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers Conference, Denver, CO.

Knarvik, N. (October 2018). Exploring lexical variety in oral production of Spanish second-language and heritage speakers. Paper presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Solon, M., Corbett, C., and Knarvik, N. (April 2018). Invariant lateralization and complete neutralization as a function of language experience?: Rhotics in US Caribbean Spanish. Paper presented at the 9th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY.

 

Knarvik, N. and Corbett C. (October 2017). Evaluative reactions to nonnative Spanish. Poster presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.  

Solon, M., Knarvik, N. and DeClerck, J. (October 2016) Bilingual Spanish vowels: The case of heritage speakers. Paper presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

 

Internal Talks

Knarvik, N. (August 2020). Maintaining accountability in online language classes. Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference on Hybrid Teaching, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

 

Knarvik, N. (April 2020). The relationship between lexical variety and proficiency in second-language and heritage speakers. Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Lecture Series, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Knarvik, N. (October 2019). Bilingual Spanish Vowels. Guest presentation in

Language 510: Research Methods, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Knarvik, N. (October 2018). Comparing lexical density and word length in oral production of Spanish second-language and heritage speakers. Guest presentation in Language 510: Research Methods, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Solon, M., Corbett, C., and Knarvik, N. (March 2018). Invariant lateralization and complete neutralization as a function of language experience?: Rhotics in US Caribbean Spanish. Paper to be presented at the Spanish Linguistics Brown Bag Series, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

Knarvik, N. and Corbett C. (September 2017). “We probably have similar interests:” How language distance affects social perceptions of nonnative Spanish. Paper presented internally at the Spanish Linguistics Brown Bag Series, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

 

Knarvik, N. (April 2016). Variation in use of the Spanish 'personal A' by heritage speakers. Guest presentation in Spanish 303: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

Works in Progress

Knarvik, N. Acquisition of variable features by heritage speakers and second language learners: Positioning of clitic pronouns. [write-up phase]

Knarvik, N. Exploring differences in lexical development in heritage speakers and second language learners. [write-up phase]

 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor (NTT)

Coordinator Elementary Spanish and Graduate

Teaching Assistants (2019 - 2020)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Lecturer

University at Albany, Albany, NY 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University at Albany, Albany, NY 

Lecturer

University at Albany, Albany, NY 

Instructor

Ohio University, Athens, OH

2018 - present

2016 - 2018

2014 - 2016

2013 - 2014

2011 - 2013

Graduate Courses Taught: 

History of Romance Languages (LSPA 536) - Colorado State University

Spanish Sociolinguistics (LSPA 536)       - Colorado State University

Spanish Phonetics & Phonology (LSPA 500B)      - Colorado State University

Spanish Syntax (LSPA 500A) - Colorado State University

Foreign Language Teaching Methodology (LGEN 516) - Colorado State University

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

Methods and Assessment in Teaching Languages (EDUC 462) - Colorado State University

Spanish for Health Care (LSPA 346)      – Colorado State University

Reading and Writing for Communication (LSPA 300) – Colorado State University

Intermediate Spanish I & II – Colorado State University, University at Albany & Ohio University

Elementary Spanish I & II – University at Albany & Ohio University

AWARDS AND GRANTS
 

2019   Professor of the Semester Award

   Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Colorado State University

2019   Mentoring Grant 

   The Graduate School - Colorado State University

2018   Dissertation Research Fellowship Award 

   University at Albany

2017   Professional Development Grant 

   Graduate Student Association - University at Albany

2017   Dissertation Research Fellowship Award

   University at Albany

2016   Professional Development Grant 

   Graduate Student Association - University at Albany

2016   Excellence in Teaching Award 

   Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - University at Albany

OTHER DOCUMENTS
 

 

Sample Syllabi

Spanish Sociolinguistics (LSPA 536)      

Spanish Phonetics & Phonology (LSPA 500B)      

Spanish for Health Care (LSPA 346)      

 

Student Evaluations

Spanish Syntax, Fall 2018 (LSPA 500A)      

Spanish for Health Care, Spring 2019 (LSPA 346)      

Elementary Spanish 1, Spring 2018 (ASPN 100)      

Elementary Spanish 2, Fall 2017 (ASPN 101)      

Curriculum Vitae

 

Nyssa Knarvik

Assistant Professor of Spanish

 

Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Curriculum Vitae:

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