Kimberly L. Geeslin

Kimberly L. Geeslin

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Associate Vice Provost, Faculty and Academic Affairs

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999
  • M.A., University of Arizona, 1995
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1993

About Kimberly L. Geeslin

I joined the faculty of Indiana University in the fall of 1999, after receiving an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) from the University of Arizona. My research focuses on the second language acquisition of the sociolinguistically-variable properties of Spanish. As such, I examine how learners come to use and interpret language in contextually appropriate ways. These contexts may be defined according to linguistic factors, the characteristics of the speaker and hearer, the location of the interaction (situational or geographic), and the acquisition context (e.g., study abroad), to name only a few.

I have conducted research on the acquisition of Spanish sounds, grammatical structure and the meaning conveyed by these forms using production, interpretation and psycholinguistic tasks. Knowledge of how learners gradually incorporate socially and linguistically governed variability into their developing grammars over time contributes to our understanding of the form that learner grammars take and the many ways in which the patterns in the language to which learners are exposed influence language processing and development.

I am a 2015 recipient of an Indiana University SEED grant (30K) and I have authored 2 monographs (with a 3rd under contract) and 5 edited volumes. I have published 70 journal articles and book chapters in venues such as Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Hispania, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Spanish in Context and Probus on second language acquisition and sociolinguistic variation.

I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Hispanic Linguistics, including introductory and specialized courses in second language acquisition. In recent years I have taught special topics classes on variation in second languages, study abroad, and the processing of sociolinguistic variation. In addition to serving students who choose majors and minors in Spanish, my classes provide important training to undergraduates preparing for careers in diverse fields such as education, neuroscience and health sciences, among others, and to graduate students preparing for careers both in and outside academia. I continually seek to make the generalizable skill set gained through the study of Hispanic linguistics transparent to students at all levels. I am co-author of a new textbook in Hispanic Linguistics (Wiley- Blackwell, 2017) and have received both the Trustees Teaching Award and the Outstanding Mentor Award in the past 5 years.

My service contributions on campus include nearly a decade as director of our program in Hispanic Linguistics, a year as interim chair and 5 years as associate chair. I also served a two-year term on the tenure and promotion committee for the College of Arts and Sciences. I am currently the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Beyond Indiana University, I serve as co-editor of a John Benjamins book series called Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Associate Editor for Studies in Second Language Acquisition and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics and on the editorial board for 3 additional journals. I have recently begun a term as a member of the Resolutions Committee for the American Association of Applied Linguists.

Specializations

  • Second Language Acquisition (issues in the acquisition of Spanish by English-speakers)
  • The intersection of sociolinguistics and Second Language Learning (language variation and change)
Books & edited volumes
  • Geeslin, K., with Long, A. Y. (2014). Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition: Learning to Use Language in Context. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Geeslin, K. (Ed.). (2013). The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Geeslin, K., & Díaz-Campos, M. (Eds.). (2012). Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Guijarro-Fuentes, P., & Geeslin, K. (2008). Language Acquisition, Language Variation and Copula Choice in Spanish. Special volume (11, 3, 273 - 387) of Bilingualism: Language and Congnition. Cambridge University Press.
  • Geeslin, K. (2005). Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries to Improve the Analysis of Second Language Data: A Study of Copula Choice with Adjectives in Spanish. Munich: LINCOM Publishers.
  • Lee, J., Geeslin, K., & Clements, J. C. (Eds.). (2002). Structure, Meaning and Acquisition in Spanish: Selected Papers from the Fourth Hispanic Linguistic Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
Refereed articles
  • Linford, B., Long, A. Y., Solon, M., & Geeslin, K. (In press). Measuring lexical frequency: Comparison groups and subject expression in L2 Spanish. In L. Ortega, A. Tyler, & M. Uno (Eds.), Usage-based approaches to language learning and multilingualism.Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Geeslin, K. L., & Long, A. Y. (Forthcoming). Spanish second language acquisition across the globe: What future research on non-English speaking learners will tell us. Hispania.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2016). Native and non-native subject form expression in Spanish: a look at the first and second person. Spanish in Context, 13(1), 53-79.
  • Kanwit, M., Geeslin, K., & Fafulas, S. (2015). The role of geography in the SLA of variable structures: A look at the present perfect, the copula contrast, and the present progressive in Mexico and Spain. Probus, 27(2), 307-348.
  • Geeslin, K., Linford, B., & Fafulas, S. (2015). Variable subject expression in second language Spanish? Uncovering the developmental sequence and predictive linguistic factors. In A. Carvalho, R. Orozco, & N. Shin (Eds.), Subject pronoun expression in Spanish: A cross-dialectal perspective. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • Geeslin, K., & Long, A. (2015). Adquisición del español como segunda lengua: fonología. In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach (Ed.), Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica. New York: Routledge.
  • Geeslin, K. L., & Long, A. Y. (2015). The development and use of the Spanish copula with adjectives by Korean-speaking learners. In I. Pérez-Jiménez, M. Leonetti, & S. Gumiel Molina (Eds.), New perspectives on the study of ser and estar, pp. 293-323. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Geeslin, K. (2014). An analysis of co-occurrence of the Spanish copulas with adjectives: How variable are they really? In Lui, Feng-Hsi (Ed.), Festricft for Rudolph Troike. Taiwan: Academia Sinica.
  • Kanwit, M., & Geeslin, K. (2014). The interpretation of the Spanish subjunctive in adverbial clauses: A cross-sectional study. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 36(3).
  • Gudmestad, A., House, L., & Geeslin, K. (2013). What a Bayesian Analysis can do for the sociolinguistic study of subject expression in second-language Spanish. Language Learning, 63(1), 371-399.
  • Geeslin, K., Linford, B., Fafulas, S., Long, A. Y., & Díaz-Campos, M. (2013). The L2 development of subject form variation in Spanish: The individual vs. the group. In J. Cabrelli Amaro, G. Lord, A. de Prada Pérez, & J.E. Aaron (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 156-174. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K. L. (2013). Future directions in the acquisition of variable structures: The role of individual lexical items in second language Spanish. In C. Howe, M. Lubbers & S. Blackwell (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 187-204. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K. L., Fafulas, S., & Kanwit, M. (2013). Acquiring geographically-variable norms of use: The case of the present perfect in Mexico and Spain. In C. Howe, M. Lubbers & S. Blackwell (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 205-220. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Gudmestad, A., & Geeslin, K. (2013). Second-language development of variable future-time expression in Spanish. In A. Carvahlo & S. Beaudrie (Eds.), Refereed Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, pp. 63-75. Somerville, MA; Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., & Fafulas, S. (2012). Variation of the Simple Present and Present Progressive Forms: A Comparison of Native and Non-native Speakers. Refereed Proceedings for the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., Garcia-Amaya, L., Hasler, M., Henriksen, N., & Killam, J. (2012). A study of the second language acquisition of the present perfect in an immersion context. Refereed Proceedings for the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K. (2011).Variation in L2 Spanish: The state of the discipline. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4(2), 461-517.
  • Geeslin, K. (2011). The acquisition of variation in second language Spanish: How to identify and catch a moving target. In M. Díaz-Campos (Ed.), Handbook of Spanish Sociolinguistics, pp. 303-320. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2011). The Acquisition of variation in second-language Spanish: An agenda for integrating studies of the L2 sound system. Journal of Applied Linguistics 5 (2), 137-157.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2011). Using Sociolinguistic Analyses of Discourse-Level Features to Expand Research on L2 Variation: Native and Non-Native Contrasts in Forms of Spanish Subject Expression. In L. Plonsky and M. Schierloh (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum: Diverse Contributions to SLA, pp. 16-30. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Gudmestad, A., & Geeslin, K. (2011). Assessing the Use of Multiple Forms in Variable Contexts: The Relationship between Linguistic Factors and Future-Time Reference in Spanish. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4(1), 3-34.
  • Diaz-Campos, M., & Geeslin, K. (2011). Copula Use in the Spanish of Venezuela: Social and Linguistic Sources of Variation Spanish. Spanish in Context, 8(1), 73-94.
  • Geeslin, K. (2010). Beyond “naturalistic”: On the role of task characteristics and the importance of multiple elicitation methods. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 3(2), 501-520.
  • Gudmestad, A., & Geeslin, K. (2010). Exploring the Roles of Redundancy and Ambiguity in Variable Subject Expression: A Comparison of Native and Non-native Speakers. In C. Borgonovo, M. Español-Echevarría & P. Prevost, (Eds.), Refereed Proceedings from the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 270-283. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., Garcia-Amaya, L., Hasler, M., Henrikson, N., & Killam, J. (2010). The SLA of direct object pronouns in an immersion environment where use is variable. In C. Borgonovo, M. Español- Echevarría & P. Prevost, (Eds.), Refereed Proceedings from the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 246-259. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2010). An exploration of the range and frequency of occurrence of forms in potentially-variable structures in second language Spanish. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 32, 3, 433-463.
  • Henriksen, N., Geeslin, K., & Willis, E. (2010). The Development of L2 Spanish Intonation During a Study Abroad Immersion Program in León, Spain: Global Contours and Final Boundary Movements. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 3(1), 113-162.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2008). Variable subject expression in second-language Spanish: A comparison of native and non-native speakers. In M. Bowles, R. Foote, S. Perpiñán, & R. Bhatt (Eds.) Selected Proceedings of the Second Language Research Forum, pp. 69-85. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., & Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2008). Variation in Contemporary Spanish: Linguistic Predictors of Estar in four Cases of Language Contact. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11, 3, 365-380.
  • Geeslin, K., & Gudmestad, A. (2008). Comparing interview and written elicitation tasks in native and non- native use: Do speakers do what we think they do? In J. Bruhn de Garavito & E. Valenzuela (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, pp. 64-77. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K., & Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2007). The SLA of Variable Structures: Analyzing Obligatory and Variable Contexts. ITL: International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 153, 25-51.
  • Geeslin, K., & Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2007). Spanish in Contact with Galician: Exploring Language Learning and Language Use. In K. Potowski and R. Cameron (Eds.), Spanish in contact: Policy, Social and Linguistic Inquiries, pp. 253-273. John Benjamins.
  • Geeslin, K. (2006). Linguistic contextual features and variation in L2 data elicitation. In C. Klee & T. Face (Eds.), Selected proceedings from the 7thConference on the acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as a first and second language, pp. 74-85. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K. & Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2006). The Second Language Acquisition of Variable Structures in Spanish by Portuguese Speakers. Language Learning 56 (1), 53-107.
  • Guijarro-Fuentes, P., & Geeslin, K. (2006). Copula choice in the Spanish of Galicia: The effects of bilingualism on language use. Spanish in Context, 3(1).
  • Geeslin, K. (2003). A comparison of copula choice in advanced and native Spanish. Language Learning, 53, 4, 703-764.
  • Geeslin, K. (2003). The Role of adjectival features in the second language acquisition of copula choice. In P. Kempchinsky & C. Piñeros, (Eds.), Theory, Practice and Acquisition: Papers from the 6th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium and the 5th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, (pp. 332-351).  Cascadilla Press.
  • Geeslin, K. (2002). The second language acquisition of copula choice and its relationship to language change. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 24, (3), 419-451.
  • Geeslin, K. (2002). Semantic transparency as a predictor of copula choice in second language acquisition.  Linguistics: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences, 40 (2), 439-468.
  • Geeslin, K. (2001). Changing norms, moving targets and the SLA of copula choice.  Spanish Applied Linguistics, 5 (1-2), 29-55.
  • Geeslin, K. (2000). A new approach to the second language acquisition of copula choice in Spanish. In R. Leow & C. Sanz (Eds.), Spanish Applied Linguistics at the Turn of the Millennium: Papers from the 1999 Conference on the L1 & L2 Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, (pp. 50-66).  Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Research Support Program – Seed Funding, grant to support project on “Psycholinguistic processing of variable structures in second language Spanish,” fall 2015
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2002, 2008, 2012.
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese, GSAC Outstanding Mentor Award, 2006, 2012.
  • Indiana University FACET Award, 2005
  • British Academy Project Development Grant (reference number: SG-40255), "An investigation of the acquisition and use of Spanish", 2005-2006, (£6030). [with Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes]
  • Active Learning Grant for development of S428, Indiana University.
  • Faculty Summer Fellowship, Indiana University.

Current Research Projects

  • A study of psycholinguistic processing of variable structures in second language Spanish [collaborative projects with Dr. Tania Leal]
  • The second language acquisition of geographically-indexed variants (e.g. leísmo, interdental fricative) in a study abroad setting [collaborative projects with Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos and several current and former graduate students]
  • A comparative study of advanced non-native and native speaker use of variable structures in Spanish (e.g., future and past time reference, copula contrast, mood use and subject expression) [collaborative project with Dr. Aarnes Gudmestad]
  • A study of the relationship between variation in learner input and the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence [collaborative projects with Dr. Laura Gurzynski-Weiss and several current graduate students].