Erin O'Rourke

Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Graduate Advisor for Spanish Linguistics


  • PhD, Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA, Spanish Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BA, Spanish; BS Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. O’Rourke’s research interests include Intonation and prosodic variation; Spanish dialectology and sociolinguistics; Language contact;  Acoustic and articulatory phonetics; Sociophonetics; Quechua dialectology, and Andean and Amazonian linguistics; Indigenous languages of Latin America. Additional interests include code-switching, Spanish in the US, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and statistical methods in linguistic research.

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

Handbook of Hispanic LinguisticsHualde, José Ignacio, Antxon Olarrea & Erin O’Rourke (eds.). 2012. Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • Henriksen, Nicholas, Stephen Fafulas & Erin O’Rourke. 2020. Intervocalic phonemic stop realization in Amazonian Peru: The case of Yagua Spanish. In Rajiv G. Rao (ed.), Spanish phonetics and phonology in contact: Studies from Africa, the Americas, and Spain, 142-161. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2020. Phonological processes in flux: Variation in palatal lateral production in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In Stephen Fafulas (ed.), Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution, 224-258. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • O’Rourke, Erin & Kim Potowski. 2016. Phonetic outcomes of dialect contact: Variation among Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and ‘MexiRicans’ in Chicago. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 9(2). 355-399.
  • O’Rourke, Erin & Stephen Fafulas. 2015. Spanish in Contact in the Peruvian Amazon: An Examination of Intervocalic Voiced Stops. In Erik W. Willis, Pedro Martín Butragueño, & Esther Herrera Zendejas (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology, 145-162. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project., document #3198.
  • Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa, Erin O’Rourke & Gretchen Sunderman. 2014. Language dominance and codeswitching asymmetries. In Jeff McSwan (ed.), Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching, 283-312. Cambridge: MIT Press. Website
  • O’Rourke, Erin & Tod D. Swanson. 2013. Tena Quichua. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 43(1). 107-120.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2012. Intonation in Spanish. In José Ignacio Hualde, Antxon Olarrea & Erin O’Rourke (eds.), Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics, 173-191. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2012. The realization of contrastive focus in Peruvian Spanish intonation. Lingua 122(5): 494–510.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2010. Ecuadorian Andean Spanish intonation. In Pilar Prieto & Paolo Roseano (eds.), Transcription of Intonation of the Spanish Language. Munich: Lincom Europa.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2010. Dialect differences and the bilingual vowel space in Peruvian Spanish. In Marta Ortega-Llebaria (ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 4th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonology, 20-30. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project., document #2363.
  • See also: Additional publications