Timothy Alford

Timothy  Alford

PhD Spanish Program


Timothy Alford was born and raised in Albertville, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, his Master of French Studies degree from Auburn University, and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. He is a graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics where he has served the Elementary Spanish Program as the 100-Level and 200-Level Coordinator, and is currently serving as the Technology Coordinator of the 100-Level. He was also a member of the 2014 Alabama Modern Language Conference committee. Timothy is working on his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Romance Languages in the fields of Spanish & Applied Linguistics. His area of interest is socio-linguistic models of successful, voluntary script conversion. twalford@crimson.ua.edu

Research Interests

The history, evolution and socio-linguistics of scripts, writing systems and orthographies


MA, University of Alabama

MA, French Studies, Auburn University

BA, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Selected Publications

Alford, Timothy (in progress). El Náhuatl de la Sierra Negra. Proceedings of the Conference on Language Revitalization: Sleeping and Awakening Languages of the Gulf South. Manuscript in preparation.


Alford, Timothy, Claire Mitchell & Kimberly Burrell. Identifying transfer errors in the Spanish classroom. Southern Conference on Language Teaching. Memphis, Tennessee, March 2014.

Alford, Timothy. Nahuatl of the Sierra Negra: Bilingualism and language contact. Conference on language revitalization. Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2014.

Alford, Timothy. Four cultures converge: The once and present school of translators of Toledo. Alabama Modern Language Conference. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February, 2014.

Alford, Timothy. A new phoneme is created: Rendering Motu in the Roman alphabet.Alabama Modern Language Conference. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March, 2013.

Alford, Timothy. Changing scripts: The evolution of the Spanish writing system. Alabama Modern Language Conference. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February, 2012.

Courses/Teaching Interests

SP 201, SP 202 (Intermediate Spanish)

SP 101, SP 102, SP 103 (Elementary Spanish)