Scott M Alvord

Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish & Portuguese

3162 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Dr. Alvord teaches a variety of courses in Hispanic Linguistics and the Spanish language, including:

  • Spanish 629R “Seminar on the Second Language Acquisition of Spanish Phonology”
  • Spanish 626 “Spanish Phonology”
  • Spanish and Portuguese 493 “Capstone”
  • Spanish 425 “Spanish and English Structure”
  • Spanish 329 “Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics”
  • Spanish 326 “Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation”


Dr. Alvord’s research interests deal with Spanish phonetics and phonology in language contact situations, Spanish in the United States, as well as the second language acquisition of Spanish phonology.

Selected Publications

  • Alvord, Scott M. & Greg L. Thompson. 2020. Spanish in the US: Attitudes and Variation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Thompson, Greg L. & Scott M. Alvord. 2019. Contact, Community, and Connections: Current Approaches to Spanish in Multilingual Populations. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.
  • Rogers, Brandon M. A., Scott M. Alvord, & Doug Porter. 2020. The effect of study, dialect, and extended time abroad on the L2 acquisition of Spanish speech rhythm: Results and methodological concerns. In Spanish in the US: Variation, Attitudes, and Pedagogy, ed. by Scott M. Alvord & Greg Thompson. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 111-136.
  • Rogers, Brandon M. A. & Scott M. Alvord. 2019. Laterals in language contact: Miami-Cuban Spanish and English /l/. Dialects from Tropical Islands: Caribbean Spanish in the United States, ed. by Wilfredo Valentín-Marquez & Melvin Gonzalez-Rivera. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Rogers, Brandon M. A. & Scott M. Alvord. 2014. The Gradience of Spirantization: Factors Affecting Native English-Speaker Production of Spanish [β, ð, ɣ]. Spanish in Context. 11:3 402-424.
  • Martinsen, Rob A., Scott M. Alvord, & Joshua Tanner. 2014. Perceived Foreign accent: Extended Stays Abroad, Level of Instruction and Motivation. Foreign Language Annals 47:1 66-78.


Dr. Alvord is currently serving as Interim Department Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Before that, he was Associate Chair and Internship Coordinator.

In addition to service at BYU, he is also the Chief Reader for the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam and is very involved in the Advanced Placement Spanish program.

Citizenship assignments

  • Interim Chair
  • Associate Chair and Internship Coordinator
  • Chief Reader, AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam
  • Development Committee, AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam