Lynn Williams

Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3179 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Most learning is done outside the classroom. Consequently, my classes require students to complete a written assignment related to the topic of the day before they come to class. The questions I pose in each assignment encourage critical thinking and necessitate a modicum of writing. Thinking and writing are intimately connected. I have discovered that I rarely know what I think about an issue until I frame my thoughts in coherent prose. I would argue that the same is true of students.


My scholarly interests embrace language and history. I have written on sociolinguistics and historical linguistics, often combining them in a single study.For instance, I have looked at centres of linguistic prestige in Golden-Age Spain and the New World, as well as at forms of address in seventeenth-century Madrid palace life. I am also interested in diplomatic relations between Spain and France during the seventeenth century. Currently, I am working on how the text of the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659) was put together.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Resolviendo desavenencias: Los vocablos compromiso y temperamento.’ In Lynn Williams, ed., Estudios de lengua y lingüística españolas: Homenaje a Orlando Alba. Bern etc.: Peter Lang, Fondo Hispánico de Lingüística y Filología, 2018, pp. 192-225.
  • ‘Jornada de D. Luis Méndez de Haro y Guzmán a Extremadura, 1658-1659: Implicaciones para la política española internacional del momento.’ Manuscrits. Revista d’Història Moderna (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) 31, 2013 (2014), pp. 115-136.
    ‘Centros de prestigio lingüístico en la España áurea: replanteamiento del tema.’ Revista de Historia de la Lengua Española (Universidad de Sevilla), 6, 2011 (2013), pp. 203-232.
  • Jornadas a los Pirineos, 1659 – 1660: El camino hacia la paz entre España y Francia. Valladolid: Diputación Provincial de Valladolid, 2008, 269pp.
  • ‘An Aspect of Palace Protocol: Forms of Address at the Courts of Philip IV and Charles II.’ The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 82 (2005), pp. 429-446.
  • ‘The Burden of Responsibility in the Libro de buen amor.’ The Modern Language Review, Vol. 85, No 1 (1990), pp. 57-64.
  • Aspectos sociolingüísticos del habla de la ciudad de Valladolid. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, 1987, 170pp.


My service to the wider academic community includes writing book reviews for journals, acting as external assessor for manuscripts submitted to journals, and as external examiner for several UK universities.These are necessary activities. At Exeter and at BYU, I have engaged in service at the departmental, college and university levels. These too are necessary and therefore important. However, they do not provide me with the satisfaction that I derive from my teaching and scholarly endeavours.

Citizenship assignments

  • External examiner for the bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Cardiff.
  • University of Exeter:Chair of Spanish, Deputy Chair of School of Modern Languages, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts.
  • BYU: Associate Chair of Department; Head of Linguistics Section; Graduate Coordinator; Faculty Council on Rank & Status.

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