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Faculty: Scott Lamanna

Scott Lamanna, Assistant Professor

Director, Interim Program in Mexico

(616) 526-6355
Office: Hiemenga 412

Educational background

BA (Wake Forest University 1994)
Teacher Licensure (K-12 Spanish) University of North Carolina, Greensboro 1997
MA (Indiana University 2005)
PhD (Indiana University 2012)

Academic interests

Spanish in the United States; Language and Dialect Contact; Colombian Spanish; Sociolinguistics; Dialectology; Spanish Syntax; Second Language Acquisition; Foreign Language Pedagogy.

Recent activities

Professor Lamanna wrote a chapter for the book Colombian Varieties of Spanish, which was published in 2012 by Iberoamericana/Vervuert. The title is “Second person singular pronoun use during closed role plays by Colombians in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad”.

He is currently involved in an ongoing research project on the integration of the Christian faith with the field of linguistics.


Singing, dancing, reading, traveling with his wife, enjoying good music (Christian, Latin, Classical, '80s pop).

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Colombia: Spent a semester abroad in Fall 1992, visited in 1996, 1999, 2004, & 2007, dissertation research in 2009.

Spain: Mission trip to Granada in 2001.

Additional information

His wife is an architect from Bogotá, Colombia. They have extensive ties to the Hispanic communities of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Bloomington, Indiana.