Donald Tuten

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Office: 512S Callaway Center

Phone: 404-727-6487



Dr. Tuten received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. His research focuses on questions of language change in Spanish and other Romance languages, with particular attention to how cognitive, social and cultural factors combine to influence change.

Koineization in Medieval Spanish (Mouton de Gruyter)His 2003 book Koineization in Medieval Spanish (Mouton de Gruyter) examined the effects of dialect mixing on the history of medieval Castilian, during which many of the key features of the modern language developed. Dr. Tuten continues to study dialect contact and mixing but has also begun to study processes of standardization in the early and later history of Spanish, with attention to the contrasts and interactions between koineization (as a "quasi-automatic" process) and standardization (as a more-or-less conscious shaping of the language). He is presently engaged in two co-authored projects. The first (with Fernando Tejedo-Herrero and Enrique Pato; under contract with Routledge) is a history of the Spanish language which examines change in forms, uses and status of Spanish from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. The second (with Fernando Tejedo-Herrero, Rajiv Rao and Robyn Clarke; under contract with Routledge) is a textbook of Spanish phonetics, which will include particular attention to sociolinguistic variation in pronunciation. 

Fuentes: Lectura y redaccin Dr. Tuten has a strong interest in the areas of applied linguistics and language pedagogy. From 1996 to 2009 he served as Director of the Spanish Language Program at Emory. He is principal author of five editions of the intermediate Spanish language and culture textbook Fuentes: Lectura y redacción (first three editions published by Houghton Mifflin, now published by Cengage/Heinle & Heinle; co-authored with Lucía Caycedo Garner and Carmelo Esterrich) and a collaborating author of the campanion volume Fuentes: Gramática y conversación.

Dr. Tuten teaches undergraduate courses in linguistics in both the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and the Program in Linguistics (for which he served as Director from 2005 to 2011). Undergraduate Spanish courses include: Span 303: Phonetics: The Sounds of Spanish; Span 410: Sociolinguistics of Spanish; Span 410: History of the Spanish Language; Span 410: Espa/nglish: Latin@ Bilingualisms and Cultural Production (with Anne Garland Mahler). Linguistics courses include: Foundations of Linguistics (Ling 201), Historical Linguistics & Language Change; Bilingualism: Sociocultural, Cognitive & Educational Aspects (with Dr. Alena Esposito), and Language, Gender & Sexuality. He regularly participates in the Summer Iberian Studies Study Abroad Program (in Seville and Salamanca), where he usually teaches Span 410: Dueling Tongues: Language, Identity & Politics in Spain.

Dr. Tuten is an active member of the Spanish Graduate Faculty. Representative graduate seminars include: History and Historiography of Spanish, Ideology and Normativity in Spanish, Bilingualism in the Hispanic World.