Elizabeth A. Martínez-Gibson

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Director, Linguistics Studies

Address: JC LONG 141
Phone: 843.953.8066
E-mail: martineze@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download


The University at Albany, SUNY. Albany, NY
Ph.D, 1991
Specialization: Spanish and General Linguistics

The State University of New York at Albany. Albany, NY
M.A., 1983
Specialization: Hispanic Literature

Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (renamed De Sales University). Center Valley, PA
B.A., 1980
Major: French Language and Literature

National Certification of Medical Interpreters
CMI: Spanish. 2013-2018

Research Interests

Linguistic landscape, Dialects of Spanish and English, Spanish Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Spanish in the U.S.

Courses Taught



SPAN 101-102, 150, 201-202, 250: Beginning and Intermediate Spanish; SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review; SPAN 313, 314 and 350: Spanish Composition and Conversation; SPAN 316: Medical Spanish; SPAN 324: Civilization and Culture of Spain; SPAN 329: Current Issues Abroad (Spain); SPAN 344: Advanced Spanish Grammar; SPAN 381: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics; SPAN 390: Advanced Spanish Grammar in a Study Abroad Context; SPAN 443: Spanish Morphology and Syntax; SPAN 444: Advanced Grammar and Syntax; SPAN 445: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology; SPAN 446: History of the Spanish Language; SPAN 447/491: Spanish Dialectology, SPAN 496: Directed Readings in Spanish (Spanish Morphology and Syntax), SPAN 498: Independent Studies ("Dialectal Variation of Spanish" and "La lengua española a través de la historia"); and SPAN 499: Bachelors Essays: "Dialectal Variations of the Spanish Language", "Las variaciones dialectales" and "Medical Interpreting".


LING 125/290: Introduction to Language and Linguistics and LING 499: Bachelors Essay: "Language Attitudes in the U.S."

Honors College: 

HONS 391: Language Variation of American English and HISP 499: Bachelors Essay: "Medical Interpreting in the Lowcountry."

HONS 398: "Beyond George Street: An Interdisciplinary Encounter with the City of Charleston: The Dialects of Charleston" (one class)

Guest Lectures: 

EUST 499: "An Introduction to Linguistic Landscape"


SPAN 590: Special Topics in Spanish: "Spanish Grammar and Syntax" and "Comparative Systems: Spanish and English")

LALE 690: Special Topics in Linguistics: "Varieties of American English"

Honors and Awards

ExCel Award Recipient, College of Charleston, 2012

Library Liaison Award, College of Charleston, 2011

Research Award, Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish National Honor Society, 1987

Teaching Award Nomination, University of Florida, 1990

Research Grants: 

College of Charleston Research and Development, 2013, 2008, 2003, 1996

School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, 2013, 2010, 2008

Center for International Education, 2010

Duke Endowment , 2005-2006

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2005

Division of Languages, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1993

Honor’s College, 2003, 1997

Association of American Colleges and Universities, 1994



Martínez, Elizabeth A. (1993). Morpho-Syntactic Erosion Between Two Generational Groups of Spanish Speakers in the United States. New York: Peter Lang.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (2016). “Language contact: A study of the Spanish in two Spanish-language presses in Charleston, South Carolina.” Journal of Language Contact, Forthcoming volume 9 (2), 331-368.   

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (Fall 2014). “Linguistic landscape: English in Spain’s store fronts.” Southern Journal of Linguistics, 38 (2), 123-149.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (January 2011). “A Comparative Study on Gender Agreement Errors in the Spoken Spanish of Heritage Speakers and Second Language Learners.” Porta Linguarum, 15, 177-193.

Martínez-Gibson, E. A., Silvia Rodríguez-Sabater, Carol M. Toris, and Joseph R. Weyers. (2010). “To Be: A Study of Ser and Estar in Second Language Learners of Spanish. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 30 (1), 52-77.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A., and Tracy E. Gibson. (Fall 2007). “Addressing Language Access in Health Care.” Hispanic Health Care International, 5 (3), 116-123.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A., Concepción Godev, and Carol M. Toris. (Spring 2002). “Foreign Language Reading Comprehension Testing: L1 versus L2 in Open-ended Questions.” Foreign Language Annals, 35 (2), 202-221.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. and Joseph R. Weyers. (Fall 2000 not printed until Fall 2001). “Linguistics and Liberal Arts: A Logical Linking of Disciplines.” Southern Journal on Linguistics, XXIV (2), 192-203.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (Spring 1998). “A Study on Cultural Awareness through Commercials and Writing.” Foreign Language Annals, 31 (1), 115-139.

Martínez, E.A. and C.B. de Godev. (1996). “Should Reading Comprehension be Tested in the Target or in the Native Language? A Pilot Study.” ERIC, ED 398 288. Arlington, VA:  Center for Applied Linguistics. 

Martínez, Elizabeth A. (1995). “Syntactic Variation of Spanish in the United States.” ERIC, ED 379 924. Arlington, VA: Center for Applied Linguistics. 

Book Chapters:

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (2012). “What’s Gullah?” The Five Minute Linguist: Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages. Second edition. Ed. E. M. Rickerson and Barry Hilton. London: Equinox Publishing. Chapter 43, 191-195.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (2006). “What’s Gullah?” The Five Minute Linguist: Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages. First edition. Ed. E. M. Rickerson and Barry Hilton. London: Equinox Publishing. Chapter 40, 175-178.

Peer-Reviewed Book Reviews: 

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. (July 2005). “Review of Americanisms: The English of the New World by Maximilian Schele De Vere.” Linguist List.

Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A.  (June 2001). “Review of Variation and Change in Spanish by Ralph Penny.” Linguist List.


Martínez-Gibson, Elizabeth A. and Silvia Rodríguez-Sabater. (2004). trans. and back trans. OPTION: Observing Patient Involvement by Glen Elwyn.