Mariška Bolyanatz

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4333

Dr. Bolyanatz Brown graduated from the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese in June of 2017 with a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures. Her major research interest is in the intersection between who a person is and how they produce and perceive phonetic variation in Spanish.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Bolyanatz Brown will teach in the Lower Division program and coordinate Spanish levels 1-3.


  • Ph.D. (2017): Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA           Dissertation title: Plural Production and Perception in Santiago Spanish; Co-Chairs Ji Young Kim & Norma Mendoza-Denton
  • M.A. Hispanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago (2011)
  • B.A. Spanish & Latin American Studies, Gordon College (2008)


  • Socially conditioned speech production & perception
  • Language pedagogy
  • Language variation and change
  • Hispanic Linguistics, Romance Linguistics

Peer-Review Publications

“Las estrategias compensatorias de los hablantes chilenos: una ampliación acústica de la investigación de /s/ implosiva” (2015). In Normas 7: Perspectivas actuales en el análisis fónico del habla: Tradición y avances en la fonética experimental, ed. Adrián Cabedo Nebot. Pp. 373-386. Complete volume:

“Ahora, por ejemplo: ahora as a discursive deictic in Chilean Spanish” (2012). Mester 41(1). Complete PDF:

Potowski, Kim, and Mariška Bolyanatz. Reactions to (in)felicitous codeswitching: Heritage speakers vs. L2 learners. In Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. Kimberly Geeslin & Manuel Díaz-Campos. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. Complete PDF: