Ma. Fernanda Escalante, originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, is a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Linguistics. She received a B.A. in Linguistics and Literature from the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia and a M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico. Her research areas include syntax, sociolinguistics, and Caribbean variation studies. She is currently researching variation of focalizing ser in Caribbean Spanish. Her M.A. thesis, entitled "Parametric Microvariation: The focalizing Ser v. Pseudocleft Sentences in Barranquilla, Colombia," proposes a micro-parametric pattern, different from the rest of Colombian Spanish and other Spanish varieties.
Ma Fernanda Escalante Vergara
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Linguistics