Nofiya Denbaum is a Ph.D. student originally from Fairfield, Iowa. She received a B.A. in Spanish and Education and Youth Studies from Beloit College and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Florida. Nofiyas main areas of interest include second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and phonology. She is specifically interested in the study abroad context, the acquisition of variable structures, and task-based language teaching. Her recent work deals with gender assignment of English noun phrases in Spanish/English codeswitching and the acquisition of variable structures by Spanish Students studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. Current projects include forms of address in Medelln, Colombia and phonological perception of voiced palatals with Colombian and Dominican listeners. In her free time, Nofiya enjoys dancing salsa, traveling, going to the beach, and exploring parks with her dog Vinny.
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Linguistics