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Celeste Rodriguez Louro

Asst/Prof Celeste Rodriguez Louro

Assistant Professor
Linguistics

Contact details
Address
Linguistics
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
6488 2865
Email
celeste.rodriguezlouro@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room 2.46, Social Sciences Building, Crawley campus
Qualifications
MA Ill., PhD Melb.
Biography
ON PARENTAL LEAVE: 24 MARCH TO 17 NOVEMBER 2014

Celeste Rodriguez Louro was born in July 1977 and was raised and educated in Argentina. She has travelled and lived in Costa Rica, the USA, Austria, Poland and Australia. She completed a BA/Honours in English Language Teaching at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina in May 2001, an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2004 and a PhD in Linguistics at Melbourne University in December 2009. She is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Lecturer Level B) at The University of Western Australia, a position she took up on 31 January 2011.
Key research
Grammaticalisation; morpho-syntactic and discourse-pragmatic variation and change; quotation; epistemic verbs; preterit/present perfect; temporal reference; variationist sociolinguistics; historical sociolinguistics; language attitudes; Australian English; Argentinian Spanish; Latin American Spanish
Publications
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

THESIS

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2009). Perfect evolution and change: A sociolinguistic study of Preterit and Present Perfect usage in contemporary and earlier Argentina. The University of Melbourne: Ph.D. Thesis. Available at http://tiny.cc/kf6i7. (You may need to copy and paste the link to your browser).

EDITED BOOKS

Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Eds). (2013). Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina [Theoretical and experimental perspectives on Argentinian Spanish]. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 608 pages.

EDITED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Henderson, John, Marie-Eve Ritz and Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Eds.) (2013). Selected papers from the 2012 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Perth, Australia. https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/proceedings

JOURNAL ARTICLES, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste and Marie-Eve Ritz. (Forthcoming in 2014). Stories down under: Tense variation at the heart of Australian English narratives. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34 (4): 540–556.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (Forthcoming in 2014). Introduction to the Issue on English in Australia: Variation and change in diverse speech communities. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34 (4): 423–425.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2013). Actitudes lingüísticas de los hablantes rioplatenses: Un estudio cualitativo [Linguistic attitudes of River Plate Spanish speakers: A qualitative study]. In Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Ed.) Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina [Theoretical and experimental perspectives on Argentinian Spanish]. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 453–468.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2013). La referencia indefinida y la expresión de pasado en el español rioplatense argentino [Indefinite reference and past expression in Argentinian River Plate Spanish]. In Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Ed.) Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina [Theoretical and experimental perspectives on Argentinian Spanish]. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 283–297.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2013). Variación fonológica, morfológica y sintáctica en el español monolingüe y bilingüe de la Argentina [Phonological, morphological and syntactic variation in monolingual and bilingual Spanish in Argentina]. In Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Ed.) Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina [Theoretical and experimental perspectives on Argentinian Spanish]. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 371–379.

Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. (2013). Introducción [Introduction]. In Colantoni, Laura & Celeste Rodríguez Louro (Ed.) Perspectivas teóricas y experimentales sobre el español de la Argentina [Theoretical and experimental perspectives on Argentinian Spanish].Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 13–16.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste & Thomas Harris. (2013). Evolution with an attitude: The grammaticalisation of epistemic/evidential verbs in Australian English. English Language and Linguistics 17(3): 415–443.

Howe, Chad & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. (2013). Variation at the periphery: Continuative meaning and the Spanish perfect. In Ana M. Carvalho & Sara Beaudrie (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 41–52. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/wss/6/paper2855.pdf

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2013). Quotatives Down Under: BE LIKE in cross-generational Australian English speech. English World-Wide 34 (1): 48–76.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2012). Los tiempos de pasado y los complementos adverbiales en el español rioplatense argentino: Del siglo XIX al presente. [Past tenses and temporal adverbials in Argentinian River Plate Spanish: From the 19th century to the present]. Signo y Seña 22: 215–234. http://revistas.filo.uba.ar/index.php/sys

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste & Margarita Jara Yupanqui. (2011). Otra mirada a los procesos de gramaticalización del perfecto en español: Perú y Argentina [Another look at perfect grammaticalization processes in Spanish: Peru and Argentina]. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4 (1): 55–80.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste & Chad Howe. (2010). Perfect potential: Semantic change in narrative contexts across Spanish. Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana [International Journal of Iberoamerican Linguistics]. Volume VIII Number 2 (16): 157–176.
http://www.scopus.com/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-79951991721&origin=inward&txGid=3Fa8zsqV-lZ2TlOmeOvfTaN%3a2

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2010). Past time reference and the present perfect in Argentinian Spanish. In Yvonne Treis & Rik de Busser (Eds.), Selected papers from the 2009 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Melbourne, Australia. http://www.als.asn.au/proceedings/als2009.html

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2008). Usos del Presente Perfecto y el Pretérito en el español rioplatense argentino [Uses of the Present Perfect and the Preterit in Argentinian River Plate Spanish]. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the International Association of Latin American Linguistics and Philology (ALFAL). Montevideo: Uruguay.

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste (2007). El Presente Perfecto en el español rioplatense argentino [The Present Perfect in Argentinian River Plate Spanish]. Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Lingüística 1/2: 43–66.

Montrul, Silvina & Celeste Rodríguez Louro. (2006). Beyond the syntax of the Null Subject Parameter: A look at the discourse-pragmatic distribution of null and overt subjects by L2 learners of Spanish. In Linda Escobar and Vincent Torrens, (Eds.). The Acquisition of Syntax in Romance Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 401–418.

Most publications available for download on: http://uwa.academia.edu/CelesteRodriguezLouro

BOOK REVIEWS

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste. (2012). Review of Tense across Languages, by Renate Musan and Monika Rathert. The Linguist List. 17 May 2012.
http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-2360.html

Rodríguez Louro, Celeste (2011). Review of Introducing Applied Linguistics: Concepts and skills, by Susan Hunston & David Oakey. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 34 (1): 118–121. http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/aral/article/view/2123.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, PANELS/WORKSHOPS AND INVITED TALKS

“Outliers, impact and rationalization in linguistic change”. 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Minneapolis Hilton, (with Alexandra D’Arcy and Sali Tagliamonte), Minneapolis, MN, USA, January 2014

“Global perspectives on linguistic innovation”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, (with Sali Tagliamonte and Alexandra D’Arcy), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, October 2013

(Invited presentation) “Evolution with an attitude: The grammaticalisation of epistemic/evidential verbs in Australian English”. Lexis and grammar in contemporary Australian English Workshop (organized by Jean Mulder), 2013 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, (with Tom Harris), Melbourne, Australia, October 2013

“Quotation across time: West Australian English then and now”. First meeting of Language Variation and Change in Australia (LVC-A), Melbourne, Australia, July 2013

(Invited talk) "Language attitudes and us”. Centre for Water Research. UWA, Perth, Australia, June 2013
http://www.cwr.uwa.edu.au/news/event.php?t=seminar&sid=471

(Invited talk) “Quotatives and tense variation in cross-generational Australian English speech”. Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Canada, January 2013

(Invited talk) “Quotatives in cross-generational Australian English speech”. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, University of York, Toronto, Canada, January 2013

(Invited talk) “Pragmatic nuances and the present perfect in Argentina”. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto, Canada, January 2013

(Invited talk) “Australian quotation across the generations”. Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, January 2013

“Tense variation at the heart of Australian English narratives”. Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Perth, (with Marie-Eve Ritz), 2012

Workshop, English in Australia: Variation and change in diverse linguistic communities, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Perth, December 2012. https://bookings.arts.uwa.edu.au/ocs/index.php/linguistics/linguistics2012/announcement/view/5

(Invited talk) “Quotation Down Under: Be like in cross-generational Australian English speech”, Australian National University/University of New South Wales/ Macquarie University/ Monash University/ Melbourne University, Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne, Australia, August 2012

(Invited talk) “Quotative verbs in Australian English”, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain, April 2012

(Invited talk) “Epistemic verbs in Australian English”, Grupo estudios del discurso. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona, Spain, April 2012

“Quotatives Down Under: Be like in cross-generational Australian English speech”, Discourse-Pragmatic Variation & Change, University of Salford, Manchester, UK, April 2012

“Peripheral envelopes: Periphrases in the variable context”, 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, (with Chad Howe), April 2012

“Global, sexy and fun: Attitudes to Spanish by Australian university students”, Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference, Canberra, Australia, 2011

(Invited talk) “Broadening horizons: The power of language learning in Australia”, Perth Modern School, Perth, Australia, 2011

(Invited talk) “Grammaticalization of epistemic parentheticals in Australian English”, University of Vienna, Austria, 2011

“Out-of-the-box pathways: Pragmatic nuances and the Present Perfect in Argentina”, Panel on Perfect evolution across languages and dialects: Semantic change and pragmatic motivations, 12th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Manchester, England, 2011

Panel on Perfect evolution across languages and dialects: Semantic change and pragmatic motivations, 12th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Manchester, England, (with Chad Howe), 2011

“The grammaticalisation of think and reckon in Australian English”, 12th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Manchester, England, (with Tom Harris), 2011

“Language learning in multilingual Australia: A look at Spanish”. Third Annual Roundtable of the Language and Society Centre. Monash University, Melbourne, (with †Michael Clyne), 2011

“Variation at the periphery: Continuative meaning and the Spanish Perfect”, Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2010, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, (with Chad Howe), 2010

(Invited talk) “Linguistic Attitudes in Argentina”, Symposium on Argentinian Culture, School of Music and Hispanic Program, UM, Melbourne, 2010

“Perfect usage and change in two varieties of Argentinian Spanish”, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society 2010, Brisbane, Australia, (with Ilpo Kempas), 2010

“Grammaticalization pathways revisited: Perfect usage in Peru and Argentina”, Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2009, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, (with Margarita Jara Yupanqui), 2009

“Against the mainstream: Non-canonical perfect usage in Australian English and Argentinian Spanish”, Free Linguistics Conference 2009, Sydney, Australia, (with Marie-Eve Ritz), 2009

“Perfect potential: Semantic change in narrative contexts across Spanish”, 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Melbourne, Australia (with Chad Howe), 2009

“Nothing present about this perfect: The Present Perfect in Argentinian River Plate Spanish”, Workshop on Grammaticization and Variation in Romance Languages, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Melbourne, Australia, 2009

Workshop on Grammaticization and Variation in Romance Languages, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Melbourne, (with Catherine Travis), 2009

“Constraints on Present Perfect usage in Argentinian River Plate Spanish", The University of Melbourne Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Postgraduate Student Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2008

(Invited talk) “Usos lingüísticos y sociolingüísticos del Presente Perfecto y el Pretérito en el español rioplatense argentino”, Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008

“Usos del Pretérito y el Presente Perfecto en el español rioplatense argentino”, XV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2008

“Speakers’ attitudes and the ‘standard’ in Argentinian Spanish”, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Sydney, Australia, 2008

“Linguistic-external forces on language change: The Preterit and the Present Perfect in Argentinian River Plate Spanish”, Sociolinguistics Symposium 17, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008

“Tense and aspect patterns in Argentinian River Plate Spanish: The Preterit and the Present Perfect”, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Adelaide, Australia, 2007

“On the uses and functions of the Preterit and the Present Perfect in Argentinian River Plate Spanish”, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Brisbane, Australia, 2006

“Argentinian River Plate Spanish: The Preterit and the Present Perfect”, CRLC Workshop 2006 Brisbane, Australia, 2006

“The Preterit and the Present Perfect in Argentinian River Plate Spanish”, Symposium on Discourse Analysis: The Dialectic between Society and Discourse, Melbourne, Australia, 2005

“Beyond the Syntax of the Null Subject Parameter: A Look at the Discourse-Pragmatic Distribution of Null and Overt Subjects by L2 learners of Spanish”, Workshop on the Acquisition of Romance Syntax, Madrid, Spain, (with Silvina Montrul), 2004
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Organiser, Language Variation and Change in Australia (LVC-A), July 26 2013, La Trobe University City Campus, Melbourne, (with Catherine Travis & Adam Schembri)
http://www.sscs.arts.uwa.edu.au/home/linguistics/forum

Chair of the UWA Arts Teaching Innovation Committee (ATIC), appointed by the Dean of Arts in 2012

Australian Speech Corpus, Associate Member
https://austalk.edu.au/project-members.html

Celeste is a NAATI accredited English-Spanish translator (NAATI accreditation ASCO 2529-15) and holds an Acreditación de examinadores DELE: Niveles B1 y B2 from Instituto Cervantes in Sydney
Funding received
Perth Convention Bureau, 2013 Aspire University Professional Development Award, $5000; 2013

Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2013 Publication Subsidy Award, $2,000; 2013

UWA, 2013 Research Collaboration Award; research grant for project entitled “Narratives from the past: Quotation across time in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand English” in collaboration with Alexandra D’Arcy (University of Victoria, Canada) and Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto), $17,500; 2012

UWA, Supplementary Travel Grant; $750; 2012

UWA, 2012 Research Development Awards; research grant for project entitled “A sociolinguistic study of syntactic variation and change in Australian English”, $35,348; 2011

Programme for Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of Spain and the Australian National University (ANU), research and conference grant for project entitled “Global, sexy and fun: Attitudes to Spanish language learning by Australian university students”; $3000; 2011

UWA, School of Humanities, Staff Research Travel Grant, $2,000; 2011

UWA, Supplementary Travel Grant; $750; 2011

UM (University of Melbourne), Grants-in-Aid, “Exploiting bilingualism: The Melbourne Language Exchange Group”; $1,896; 2010 (Declined)

ARC Network in Human Communication Science, HCSNet WinterFest Scholarship, $1,200; 2010

Australian Federal Government, Department of Education, Science and Training: International Fee Remission Scholarship; full tuition fee coverage for duration of course and annual Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC); $22,400 p.a.; 2005–2009

La Trobe University, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, registration fee waiver, 2009

UM, Scholarships office and School of Languages and Linguistics: Melbourne International Research Scholarship; $19,425 p.a.; 2005–2008

UM, Faculty of Arts: Lillian Ernestine Lobb Scholarship, one scholarship awarded annually to a female postgraduate with excellent academic records (on the recommendation of the Dean of the Arts Faculty), $12,000; 2008

UM, School of Languages and Linguistics: Matching funding support, $600; 2008.

UM, Faculty of Arts: Travel for research in postgraduate study, $1,350; 2008.

UM, School of Languages and Linguistics: Conference attendance support scheme, $500; 2007

UM, Faculty of Arts: PhD Fieldwork Support Scheme, $3,900; 2006

UM, School of Languages: Conference attendance support scheme, $750; 2006

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese: Full tuition, partial fee waiver (USD 21,714 p.a.) and teaching assistantship; 2002–2004
Languages
Argentinian Spanish (native speaker); English (near-native); Portuguese (fair); Polish (fair)
Memberships
Australian Linguistic Society
Sociedad Argentina de Lingüística
Linguistic Society of America
Honours and awards
UWA, Nominated for UWA Teaching awards in the category Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career)

UWA, Winner of 2014 Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career), Faculty of Arts

UWA, Nominated for Faculty of Arts Teaching Award, 2011, 2012 and 2013

UWA, Nominated for Faculty of Arts Excellence in Supervision Award, 2012 and 2013

UWA, Nominated for Young Investigator of the Year Award, 2012 and 2013

UIUC, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Certificate of recognition as excellent teacher, (various courses); 2003 and 2004
Previous positions
Celeste has held teaching/research positions at the following institutions of higher learning:

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
Mar del Plata Community College, Argentina
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
University of Melbourne, Australia
RMIT University, Australia
La Trobe University, Australia
University of New England, Australia
Teaching
The University of Western Australia

2013

LING 4103 Methods in Sociolinguistics (4th year/Honours)

LING 3003 Historical Linguistics: Language change and language history (3rd year)

LING 2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)

LING 1901 Communication across cultures and languages (Broadening unit)

LING 1002 Language as a Cognitive System (1st year)

LING 1001 Language and Communication (1st year)

2012

LING 3002 Typology: The diversity of languages (3rd year/Honours)

LING 2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)

LING 1901 Communication across cultures and languages (Broadening unit)

2011

LING 3312 Linguistic Field Methods: Methods in Sociolinguistics (3rd year/Honours)

LING 1103 Language, Culture and Society (1st year)

PHD STUDENT SUPERVISION

Sophie Richard. Sociolinguistic constraints on the innovative Present Perfect in contemporary Perth English. Expected completion December 2016.

HONOURS SUPERVISION

Sana Bharadwaj. Ethnic orientation and language use: Expressing opinions in Australian and Indian English, 2013

Rachael Howard. 'Story gets better’: Performed narratives and quotatives across social classes in Australian English speech, 2012

Chelsea Hayes. American girls and Aussie guys? Attitudes to BE LIKE and GO in Australian English, 2012

Harry Midalia. The social evaluation of epistemic RECKON: Speaker attitudes and social constraints, 2011

Caroline Dixon. I was like: “definitely Aussie”. BE LIKE and other quotatives across generations in Australian English, 2011
New and noteworthy
VISITING APPOINTMENTS

University of Toronto, Canada, January 2013 (http://utlinguistics.blogspot.ca/2013/01/visiting-scholar-celeste-rodriguez-louro.html)

University of Victoria, Canada, January/February 2013

MEDIA

6PR Nightline with Graham Mabury, Perth, July 2012
http://www.6pr.com.au/shows/nightline
[Interview available upon request]

6PR Afternoon Show with Tony McManus, Perth, March 26 2012
http://www.6pr.com.au/blogs/6pr-perth-blog/like-is-like-so-popular/20120326-1vu3i.html

Like it or not, it's the lingo
The West Australian
Interviewed by Bethany Hiatt
March 24-25, 2012
[Text available upon request]

It’s not like any other language
Interviewed by Lindy Brophy
UWA News, Volume 31, Number 2, March 19 2012
http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201203234465/features/it-s-not-any-other-language

Nationwide study to research Australian voices
ABC News – 7.30, Perth, October 2011
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-14/nationwide-study-to-research-australian-voices/3572748

6PR 882 News Talk with Paul Cook, Perth, October 2011
[Interview available upon request]

The Big Australian Speech Corpus
Interviewed by Daniel Midgley
Talk the Talk, RTR FM 92.1, Perth, September 2011
http://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/talk-the-talk/id436133392

When I was young: The decay of language
Interviewed by Kiya Alimoradian
Pelican Magazine, Edition 6, Volume 82, Decay, UWA, September 2011
http://issuu.com/uwastudentguild/docs/pelican_ed6_vol_82

Tongue ties break down the barriers
Interviewed by Denise Ryan
The Age, Melbourne, Australia, June 4 2010
http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/tongue-ties-break-down-the-barriers-20100604-xk0w.html
Current projects
I am currently working on a number of projects, including:
1. A study of the present perfect and the preterit in contemporary and earlier Argentinian Spanish (my PhD thesis topic)
2. A study of epistemic phrases (with special emphasis on 'reckon') in Australian English
3. A study of quotative verbs (with a focus on BE LIKE) in contemporary and earlier Australian English
4. A study of tense variation in Australian English narratives (with Marie-Eve Ritz, University of Western Australia)
5. A study of the diachrony of quotation in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand English (with Alexandra D'Arcy, University of Victoria, Canada and Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto)
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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