Clachar, Arlene

Associate Professor
Teaching and Learning
Columbia University, Ph.D. Applied Linguistics/Sociolinguistics, 1987

Professor  Arlene Clachar  received her Ph. D. in linguistics from Columbia University in New York (1987).  She writes mainly on morphosyntactic theory, pragmatics, linguistic imperialism, second language acquisition and second dialect acquisition, all of which she views  as intricately related.  Her  research began to emerge and galvanize around these areas in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics when she was a Professor in Puerto Rico. She  argues that the acquisition of Standard English as a second language and the acquisition of Standard English as a second dialect must be situated in a macro-societal theoretical context. This perspective later guided her research in Turkey, the United States and the Caribbean .  Her work has explored the contributions that typological linguistics has made to the understanding of colonial linguistic inheritance,  ethnolinguistic vitality, the spread of English as a global language and the exclusionary effects of English-language programs on minority education.  She has drawn on the developments in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics to explore complex language-acquisition issues that are related to island-raised Puerto Ricans, Puerto Rican return migrants, Turks, and speakers of  African-American English and Caribbean English Creoles.

Dr. Clachar held a Fulbright Professorship in Turkey from 1993 until 1994. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Puerto Rico TESOL, Co-Founder of the  Western Puerto Rico Linguistics Society and President of the Miami-Dade TESOL Council.  She chaired the Committee on Public Policy of the Linguistic Society of America in 2013. She also served as  the Director of the Ph. D. Program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami.

As a fluent speaker and proficient writer of Spanish, she has published in international Spanish journals such as  Hispania(The Johns Hopkins University Press), Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana (Vervuert Editorial), and Spanish in Context (John Benjamins). Her research also appears in  Linguistics and Education, Language Sciences, Language Learning, Language and Communication, Journal of Pragmatics, TESOL Quarterly and World Englishes. Dr. Clachar has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

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