Elizabeth A. Martínez-Gibson

Professor Emerita of Spanish and Linguistics

E-mail: martineze@cofc.edu
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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. 2013-2023

Research Interests

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

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 401: Internship; 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; LING 290: American English Dialects; 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 Lecture

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


  • 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. (Fall 2018). “Por la Calle de Alcalá: The Languages Used in Storefront Signs along Madrid’s Longest Street.” The Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference Review, 18 (Fall 2016-2017), 107-131.

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