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William Balla-Johnson, Ph.D.

Title: Limited Term Faculty
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Office: Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Historical Romance Linguistics, History of Spanish, Spanish Linguistics, Historical Sociolinguistics, the Romance pluperfect

Overview

William Balla-Johnson is from Columbia, Maryland. He earned his B.A. in 2011 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in Ancient Studies and a minor in Modern Languages and Linguistics. He went on to earn his M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University in 2016. He then completed his doctorate in Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University in 2020. His specialization is the historical linguistics of the western Romance languages, in particular that of Spanish, Portuguese, and French. His dissertation (2020), developed a proposal called the “Pluperfect First Hypothesis” which argues that the development of a compound pluperfect verbal structure necessarily precedes any perfect-to-perfective shift of the present perfect in western Romance. His research interests include: Grammaticalization, compound verb semantics, perfect-to-perfective shift, negation. He has lived, studied, and worked in the USA, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Scotland.

Courses Taught

  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Spanish Pronunciation
  • Introductory Italian Language and Culture
  • Latin and the Romance Languages

Education

  • Ph.D., Hispanic Linquistics, Concentration in Historical Romance Linquistics, The Ohio State University, 2020
  • M.A., Hispanic Linquistics, Concentration in Historical Romance Linquistics, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • B.A., Ancient Studies and Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Work Experience

  • University of North Georgia. Limited Term Faculty, 2020-present
  • The Ohio State University. Graduate Teaching Associate, 2015-2017, 2018-2020
  • Perth College, University of Highlands and Islands. Language Instructor, 2017-2018

Personal Information

  • North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS)
  • HiSoN (Historical Sociolinguistics Network)

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