Antônio Roberto Monteiro Simões
2638 Wescoe Hall
Phone: (785) 864-0285
Spanish and Portuguese Applied Linguistics; Phonetics, Phonology; Language Modeling; Learning Modeling; Romance Languages; Language Testing
Antônio R. M. Simões, Ph. D., Ibero Romance Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, 1987.
My other academic trainings and degrees: Central College, Pella, Iowa (B.A., 1976); the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., 1979); Institut de phonétique, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France (D.E.A. , and also doctoral preliminary research [1980-83]).
I taught at the University of Texas at Austin (1987-89) before joining the University of Kansas in 1989.
My Ph.D. dissertation was in Phonetics. In my dissertation I applied Dennis Klatt's model of duration in connected speech for American English to Brazilian Portuguese. Klatt's model deals with speech synthesis by rule. Although speech synthesis does not necessarily reflect mental processes in natural languages, it can shed light on natural language processes, because synthesis by rules use data obtained from research done with natural languages. Although I have a major interest in Romance languages, I have been working on linguistic and cultural features of Spanish and Portuguese languages, using Phonetics as my point of departure to understand how these two languages function. I want to understand Spanish and Portuguese discourse in the broadest possible context. It is my quest to understand what Spanish and Portuguese languages can reveal about the nature of human language, as I look into these languages through the prism of Phonology and Phonetics of discourse, as a colligation of linguistic and cultural domains.
I have been a tenured faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, at the University of Kansas (KU), in Lawrence, since 1996. I teach courses in Hispanic Linguistics. In occasions, I directed and taught at KU's programs abroad in Brazil, Florianópolis and Vitória; in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona; and in Argentina, in Buenos Aires during regular academic year and summer. In addition, I have taught during the summer at Middlebury College's Portuguese School, in Vermont, and as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at the US Military Academy, in West Point, NY. I have been developing projects with the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), in Vitória, Brazil, where I have taught courses in Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics and developed academic projects. Currently (Fall 2013), I am in Quingdao, China, at the Ocean University of China, working on language prosody, as part of my sabbatical work.
I have authored the e-book Baticum a textbook available for free on the internet at http://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/browse?type=author&value=Sim%C3%B5es%2C+Antonio+Roberto+Monteiro, which teaches Brazilian Portuguese to advanced students (2012); Pois não - Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (UT Press, 2008), Pronouncing Brazilian Portuguese (LinguaText, 2007), Portuguese for Spanish Speakers Selected Articles Written in Portuguese and English, (Pontes, 2004), and Com licença! Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (UT Press, 1992).
In 1999-2004, I won a major grant to develop teaching and testing tools, awarded by the US Department of Education. Among other innovative products of this project, I developed the first Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) for Portuguese.
- Materials for Free Download
- KU ScholarWorks:
- E-Baticum – Textbook to teach Advanced Brazilian Portuguese:
Last updated on September 18, 2013.