Dr. Richard E. Morris

Professor

Dr. Richard E. Morris
615-898-2284
Room 310, Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA)
MTSU Box 79, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, Ohio State University (1998)
  • MA, Ohio State University (1992)
  • BA, Cornell College (1990)

Areas of Expertise

  • Spanish phonology, phonetics, morphology, dialectology, and history of the language
  • 19th & 20th century Cuban history
  • Education abroad

Publications

Books:

  • 2021. Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba. Editor. Routledge. Under contract.
  • 2010. Pronunciación de la lengua española para anglohablantes. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.

Films:

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Books:

  • 2021. Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba. Editor. Routledge. Under contract.
  • 2010. Pronunciación de la lengua española para anglohablantes. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett.

Films:

Journal articles:

  • 2018. ‘The Victorian ‘Change of Air’ as medical and social construction.’ Journal of Tourism History 10(1): 49-65.
  • 2016. ‘Hosts and guests in early Cuba tourism.’ Journal of Tourism History 8(2): 167–183.

Book chapters:

  • 2005. ‘Attraction to the unmarked in Old Spanish leveling.’ In Studies in Hispanic Linguistics: Papers from the 7th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla.
  • 2002 ‘Coda obstruents and local constraint conjunction in north–central Peninsular Spanish.’ In Current Issues in Romance Linguistics. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • 2000 ‘Constraint interaction in Spanish /s/-aspiration: Three Peninsular varieties.’ In Hispanic Linguistics at the Turn of the Millennium: Selected Proceedings from the Third Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla.

Conference papers:

  • 2009. ‘Vowel syncope and (non)epenthesis in the Latin imparisyllabics.’ 39th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. University of Arizona (Tucson). March 27, 2009.
  • 2005. ‘The optimal leveling of Latin imparisyllabic nouns.’ 36th Meeting of the Northeastern Linguistic Society (NELS-36), University of Massachusetts (Amherst). October 28-30.
  • 2004. ‘Honest compositions in a Babel Fish generation.’ Annual Conference of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (Nashville), November 6.
  • 2003. ‘Where the boys aren’t: Gender demographics in the foreign language classroom.’ Annual Conference of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (Nashville), November 7.
  • 2003. ‘Attraction to the unmarked in Old Spanish leveling.’ 7th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), October.
  • 2002. ‘The making of a noisy morpheme: Emergent categories and the Spanish suffix –ido.’ 66th Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL), University of Memphis, April 19.
  • 2001. ‘Getting there is half the fun: How teachers and students can study and do research in Cuba legally.’ Annual Conference of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (Nashville), November 2.
  • 2001. ‘Sound as symbolic gesture: Spanish sonidos.’ 5th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Illinois (Urbana–Champaign), October 12. [with Stuart E. Bernstein, MTSU Department of Psychology]
  • 2001. ‘Measuring sound symbolism: The curious case of Spanish sonidos.’ 2nd Annual MTSU Faculty Research Symposium, April. [with Stuart E. Bernstein, MTSU Department of Psychology]
  • 2000. ‘What’s in a sonido? An empirical study of sound symbolism in Spanish.’ Western Conference on Linguistics, California State University (Fresno), October. [with Stuart E. Bernstein, MTSU Department of Psychology]
  • 1999. ‘Constraint interaction in Spanish /s/–aspiration: Three Peninsular varieties.’ 3rd Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Georgetown University (Washington, DC), October.
  • 1999. ‘Coda obstruents and local constraint conjunction in north–central Peninsular Spanish.’ 29th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), March.

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Presentations

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Awards

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Research / Scholarly Activity

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Creative Activity

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In the Media

  • 2018 ‘Sweetness and Desire: A History of Sugar’, radio documentary episode titled ‘Sugar Wars’ on the role of sugar in geopolitical and economic conflict, with emphasis on Cuban affairs. BBC Radio 4 (Edinburgh, UK). First air date: January 25.
    www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09nxx5g
  • 2017 ‘A 93-Year-Old’s Nashville Accent Lives on, Even as Dialects Fade,&rsq...
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Special Projects

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Courses

Courses created:

  • Spanish Pronunciation & Phonetics (SPAN 3120)
  • Spanish & Power (SPAN 3090)
  • Topics in Foreign Language Linguistics (HUM 3000)
  • Contemporary Cuba (SPAN 3015)

Courses developed:

  • Topics in Spanish Linguistics (as SPAN 6970)
  • The Legacy of Latin (as HUM 3000)
  • From Esperanto to Dothraki: The Languages We Create (as HUM 3000)
  • Spanish Conversation and Culture in Cuba (as SPAN 3990)
  • Spanish Conversation and Culture in Costa Rica (as SPAN 3990)
  • Latin American Culture (KIIS Costa Rica) Conversational Spanish (KIIS Costa Rica)