Daniel Erker

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Daniel Erker
Email: danerker@bu.edu
Web: http://blogs.bu.edu/danerker/
Web: http://ling.bu.edu/people/erker
Office phone: 617-353-6211
Office number: LNG 501A
Office address: Romance Studies, 718 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2015: M 4:30-5:30; TR 11-12 (or other times, by appointment)

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/.


Fall 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room


The Sounds of Spanish

web A1 Erker TR 9:30-11 CAS 323B
(Conducted in Spanish) The goal of this course is to introduce students to the linguistic analysis of speech, with a focus on the Spanish language. We examine the vowels and consonants of Spanish from the perspective of articulatory and acoustic phonetics. In addition, the course introduces core concepts in phonological analysis, surveying the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish. We also investigate a range of regional variation demonstrated by so-called ‘dialects’ of Spanish, with an emphasis on the historical and social significance of such variation in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. In summary, this course aims to examine the sounds of Spanish as physical, mental, and social phenomena. [Prereq: One 300-level Spanish course and CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
  • If you are trying to register for this course as CAS LS 507 and it appears full, you can just as well register for CAS LX 507. These two courses are identical, meet together, and satisfy all of the same requirements :-) .
  • This course can satisfy requirements for both the Spanish and the Spanish & Linguistics majors; it can also satisfy the Linguistics major requirement for a course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language, as well as counting toward both the Spanish and Linguistics minors. See http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/UG/spanling.html for further details.