I am a PhD candidate in Spanish (Linguistics) and Language Science at Penn State. I hold a B.A. in German Studies and Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where I started research in language development and bilingualism as a McNair Scholar. My research interests lie in morphosyntax, linguistic variation, and language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual/heritage populations. My approach involves the use of both corpus-based and experimental methodologies to investigate these topics. I am especially interested in the study of language acquisition and variation from a cross-dialectal and cross-linguistic perspective, including research on varieties of Spanish, English, German, and Portuguese. My research objective is to apply knowledge of variability within and among monolingual varieties to research on bilingual/contact varieties. In doing so, we may understand better the variation that appears in bilingual grammars.
Callen, M. C. (2022, April 6–9). Variable production of differential object marking in bilingual heritage speakers of Spanish. [Conference presentation]. International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2022, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States.
Callen, M. C., & Miller, K. (2022). Children’s acquisition of variable differential object marking in Spanish. In Y. Gong & F. Kpogo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 46th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 76–89). Cascadilla Press. http://www.lingref.com/bucld/46/BUCLD46-06.pdf
Callen, M. C., & Miller, K. (2022). Linguistic variation in the acquisition of morphosyntax: Variable object marking in the speech of Mexican children and their caregivers. Language Learning and Development, 18(3), 310–323. https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2021.1977133