Aarnes Gudmestad

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Aarnes Gudmestad, an associate professor of Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for researching the ways in which language use among native speakers of a language varies and how this variation impacts second language development among adults.

A faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the director of the Spanish program, her research explores second language acquisition and sociolinguistics and the intersection of these two fields.

For example, in a study in “Language Learning,” Gudmestad investigated issues in second language acquisition by exploring the relationship between native-speaker and second-language speaker variation.

As the first large-scale analysis of second-language mood use in Spanish, she illustrated how variationism, analyzing frequency and predictors of use, can foster rich descriptions and explanations of interlanguage and its evolution.

She addresses issues pertaining to morphosyntactic structures (e.g., the subjunctive-indicative contrast, subject expression, future-time reference) and examines the relationship between native-speaker and second-language variation and interlanguage analyses of the acquisition of variation.

Most of her work is on the Spanish language but she also investigates French and English. In addition to her single-authored research projects, Gudmestad has active collaborations with linguists in the United States and abroad.

She teaches courses in Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics, and applied linguistics, and is actively involved in curriculum development and revisions for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

She received her doctoral and master’s degrees from Indiana University and her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College.



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