Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Dr. Butera specializes in pronunciation variation across the Spanish-speaking world. In her research, she uses acoustic analysis to measure consonant intensity and variability in order to track language evolution through time. She has also worked on another project involving intonation patterns of Afro-Peruvian Spanish and is awaiting publication of her co-authored article, “Afro-Peruvian Spanish Declarative Intonation: Analysis and Implications.” Dr. Butera brings this research into the classroom to help students learn about language variation in Spanish and to help them practice their ‘Spanish accent’. In addition to language courses, Dr. Butera has taught Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish Phonetics and History of the Language, and is currently teaching a new course (Spring 2019) that she proposed and titled Introduction to Romance Languages, where students discuss the history and development of the Romance Languages from Latin to the present and explore lesser-studied Romance languages such as Sardinian, Sicilian, Romanian and Occitan.