Erin O'Rourke

Associate Professor of 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 Spanish in the US, linguistic landscapes, psycholinguistics, and statistical methods in linguistic research.

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics

Gómez, Rosario, Erin O’Rourke & Christina García (eds.). 2022. Ecuadorian Spanish in the 21st Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars.

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

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • O’Rourke, Erin & Mary Baltazani. 2023. Sociophonetics and intonation: A proposal for socioprosodics. In Christopher Strelluf (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Sociophonetics, pp. 23-54. Routledge.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2023. Depalatalization and delateralization in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Spanish and Quichua in contact. In Margarita Jara, Roberto Zariquiey, Pilar Valenzuela & Anna María Escobar (eds.), Spanish Diversity in the Amazon: Dialect and Language Contact Perspectives, 185-217. Brill.
  • O’Rourke, Erin. 2022. The intonation of secondary stress in Ecuadorian Spanish in contact with Quichua. In Rosario Gómez, Erin O’Rourke & Christina García (eds.), Ecuadorian Spanish in the 21st Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 145-177. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Fafulas, Stephen, Nicholas Henriksen & Erin O’Rourke. 2022. Sound change and gender-based differences in isolated regions: Acoustic analysis of intervocalic phonemic stops by Bora-Spanish bilinguals. Linguistics Vanguard 8 (s5), 557-568.
  • 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