Yvonne Lam, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Dept
Email
yvonne.lam@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

I am an Associate professor in the Spanish and Applied Linguistics programs. I hold a PhD (2003) in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Toronto. My areas of expertise are sociolinguistics and second language acquisition.


Research

My general area of research is in multilingualism. In particular, I am interested in language ideologies and identities among speakers of minority and indigenous languages. I have been working with indigenous language speakers in Mexico since 2003, examining the many complex factors that influence language use. I am part of an ongoing SSHRC-funded project on the Totonacan languages of Mexico (led by David Beck), where my role is to carry out ethnographic research on the ideologies underlying the use of these Mesoamerican languages. I am also part of a SSHRC-funded initiative (led by Martin Guardado and Jorge Lemus) looking at language revitalization in El Salvador. Additionally, I am a member of an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Alberta (with Martin Guardado, Evangelia Daskalaki, and Rika Tsushima) studying the acquisition and use of heritage languages in Alberta.


Teaching

I teach a variety of senior-level undergraduate courses in Spanish language and linguistics, as well as graduate-level courses in applied linguistics. I have supervised a number of MA and PhD students on different topics in second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. I have also supervised several undergraduate honours students as well as several winners of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Researcher Award. In 2017, I was a visiting professor in the Masters program in Indoamerican Linguistics at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City.

Courses

SPAN 212 - Intermediate Spanish II

A continuation of Spanish 211. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or consent of Department. Note: Not to be taken by students with advanced standing equivalent or near native ability.

Winter Term 2023

SPAN 300 - Advanced Spanish

A high-intermediate to advanced-level course intended to improve overall proficiency in spoken and written Spanish. Emphasis on intercultural communicative competence. Prerequisite: SPAN 212 or consent of Department. Note: Not to be taken by students with advanced standing equivalent or near native ability or with credit in SPAN 306.

Fall Term 2022

SPAN 370 - The Sounds of Spanish

Sound system of Spanish: phonetics, phonology, evolution of the language. Special attention to the pronunciation differences from English. Prerequisite: SPAN 300 or 306 or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2023

SPAN 475 - Spanish in Society

Language as a social phenomenon. Description of dialects in Spanish. Language shift, bilingualism, language attrition, code-switching and language attitudes. Prerequisites: *3 in SPAN at the 300-level excluding 300 and 306, or consent of Department.

Fall Term 2022

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Publications

Los cargos: Un relato del sistema de cargos en el totonaca del Río Necaxa [Los cargos: An account of the system of cargos in Upper Necaxa Totonac]

Author(s): David Beck; Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Tlalocan: Revista de fuentes para el conocimiento de las culturas indígenas de México
Volume: XXV
Page Numbers: 51-113
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.19130/iifl.tlalocan.2020.500

"I don't want them to be like me": Discourses of inferiority and language shift in Upper Necaxa Totonac

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Anthropological Linguistics
Volume: 62
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 159-182

The acquisition of prepositional meanings in L2 Spanish

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-22
External Link: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/24600

La diversidad lingüística y el futuro de las lenguas originarias [Linguistic diversity and the future of indigenous languages]

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Ichan Tecolotl: Puntos de Encuentro
Volume: mayo 2018
External Link: https://tecolotl.ciesas.edu.mx/2018/05/

Oportunidad, ideología y la pérdida del totonaco del río Necaxa

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: In P. Levy & D. Beck (Eds.), Las lenguas totonacas y tepehuas: Textos y otros materiales para su estudio. Mexico City, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Page Numbers: 519-543

Yes/no tests for foreign language placement at the post-secondary level

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 54-72
External Link: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/19884

Applying cognitive linguistics to teaching the Spanish prepositions 'por' and 'para'

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Language Awareness
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 2-18
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09658410802147345

The straw that broke the language’s back: Language shift in the Upper Necaxa Valley of Mexico.

Author(s): Yvonne Lam
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Volume: 195
Page Numbers: 219-233
External Link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijsl.2009.2009.issue-195/ijsl.2009.012/ijsl.2009.012.xml?format=INT