Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Director of Graduate Admissions (for Spring 2019)
BA, Spanish and English Literatures, Marquette University
MA, Linguistics, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
PhD, Linguistics, New York University
Professor Erker teaches courses in general linguistics and Spanish linguistics. His research interests include language variation, contact, and change, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, Spanish in the United States, the languages of Latin America, and the evolution of human language.
Professor Erker is the director of The Spanish in Boston Project. This project (funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1423840) aims to describe and understand how Spanish is used in the Greater Boston Area. Here are some links to local press regarding the project: An interview on WGBH’sUnder The Radar. A written piece in WBGH’s local news section. An article about the project in BU’s online daily newspaper BU Today.
To learn more about Professor Erker's research and publications, please visit his website: http://blogs.bu.edu/danerker/.
|Course number||Course title||Section||Instructor||Days||Time||Room|
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
|Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students will gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them. [Prereq: Graduate standing in the Linguistics program, or consent of instructor]|
|[Meets with GRS LX 795]|
CAS LX 346
Language Variation and Change
|Why do languages change over time? Who leads and who follows in situations of language change? The course answers these questions by examining the link between language change and linguistic variation, focusing on how synchronic variation leads to diachronic change. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Language or consent of instructor.]|
|[Meets with GRS LX 646]|