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University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Kanwit

Assistant Professor

PhD, Indiana University
MA, University of Georgia
BA, University of Richmond (VA)

Contact Info:

2820 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5174


Personal Website

Courses taught

LING 1773 Morphology
LING 1777 Syntactic Theory
LING 2146 Second Language Acquisition
LING 2394 Spanish Dialectology
LING 2397 HL Special Topics: Acquisition of Variation
LING 2773/LING 1873 Accelerated Morphology


Research Interests

Matt Kanwit’s research in Hispanic Linguistics focuses on the intersection of second language (L2) acquisition and sociolinguistic variation. Specifically, he is interested in the L2 acquisition of variable morphosyntactic structures, the effect of study abroad on acquisition, and native-speaker morphosyntactic variation in Spanish.

Selected Publications

Kanwit, M. (in press, to appear September 2017). What we gain by combining variationist and concept-oriented approaches: The case of acquiring Spanish future-time expression. Language Learning, 67(3). Available now in FirstView:

Kanwit, M., & Geeslin, K. (accepted.) Exploring lexical effects in second language interpretation: The case of mood interpretation in Spanish adverbial clauses. Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Kanwit, M. (under contract, submitted). Variation in second-language Spanish. In K.L. Geeslin (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Spanish Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kanwit, M. Terán, V., & Pisabarro Sarrió, S. (Accepted) Un fenómeno bien curioso: New methods for analyzing variable intensification across four dialects of Spain and Argentina. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Geeslin, K., Gudmestad, A., Kanwit, M., Linford, B., Long, A.Y., Schmidt, L., & Solon, M. (under contract, submitted). Sociolinguistic competence and the acquisition of speaking. In M.R. Alonso Alonso (Ed.), The Acquisition of Speaking. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Kanwit, M. (Accepted). Encantado de conocerte virtualmente: Native/non-native speaker electronic chats in Spanish. International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

Kanwit, M. (2015). The role of discourse topic in evidentiality marking: Variable (de)queísmo in Caracas. eHumanista/IVITRA, 8, 446-470. (Invited, refereed contribution to special issue on evidentiality in the Romance languages.)

Kanwit, M., Geeslin, K.L., & Fafulas, S. (2015). Study abroad and the SLA of variable structures: A look at the present perfect, the copula contrast, and the present progressive in Mexico and Spain. Probus, 27(2), 307-348.

Kanwit, M., & Geeslin, K. (2014). The interpretation of Spanish subjunctive and indicative forms in adverbial clauses: A cross-sectional study. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36(3), 487-533.

Solon, M., & Kanwit, M. (2014). The emergence of future verbal morphology in Spanish as a foreign language. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 7(1), 115-148.

Kanwit, M. (2013). L1 child acquisition of future expression in madrileño Spanish: A variationist study. In J.E. Aaron, J. Cabrelli Amaro, G. Lord, & A. de Prada Pérez (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 222-237). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Kanwit, M., & Solon, M. (2013). Acquiring variation in future-time expression abroad in Valencia, Spain and Mérida, Mexico. In J.E. Aaron, J. Cabrelli Amaro, G. Lord, & A. de Prada Pérez (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 206-221). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Geeslin, K.L., Fafulas, S., & Kanwit, M. (2013). Acquiring geographically-variable norms of use: The case of the present perfect in Mexico and Spain. In C. Howe, S. Blackwell, & M. Quesada (Eds.), Selected proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 205-220). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Kanwit, M. (2012). Discourse topic and (de)queísmo: A variationist study of the Spanish of Caracas. IU Working Papers in Linguistics, 12, 01.