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Philip Limerick

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

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BA in Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MA in Romance language with a Spanish linguistics Concentration
PhD in Romance Language with a Hispanic Linguistics Concentration
from The University of Georgia


Philip Limerick joined the faculty at Centre College in 2021 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. Limerick’s research interests include language variation and change, sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, and pragmatics, and his current projects involve the analysis of structural variation in Spanish spoken in Georgia as well as the critical analysis of discourse and (anti-)racism in Uruguay.

  • Limerick, Philip P. Forthcoming. Discourses of anti-racism in Afro-Uruguay: A Black feminist perspective. Hispania.
  • Limerick, Philip P. & Sarah Koch. Forthcoming. Funciones emergentes de ahí como marcador discursivo: un estudio de caso. Oralia: Análisis del Discurso Oral.
  • Limerick, Philip P. Forthcoming. Anti-racism, Black feminism, and protesting discourses. In
    Handbook of the Sociolinguistics of Protesting, ed. by Ashraf Abdelhay, Sinfree Makoni, and Christine Sovero. De Gruyter Mouton. 
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2024. Outlier speakers and apparent effects: The case of variable subject placement in Spanish. International Journal of Bilingualism 0.0.
  • Carreto Romero, Saira & Philip P. Limerick. 2023. Construyendo comunidades a través de las redes sociales usando Spanglish: El caso de TikTok. The Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe 35.3. 20-41.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2023. Extending the notion of contrast and the scope of felicity: Spanish null subjects in contrastive contexts. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 12.1. 123-139.
  • Bove, Kathryn P. & Philip P. Limerick. 2023. Mood alternation in Mexican Spanish in Georgia. Spanish in Context 20.1. 76-95.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2022. Regional comparisons of subject pronoun expression among Mexican-origin immigrants in Georgia. Italian Journal of Linguistics 34.2. 85-120.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2022. Resistance discourse in the book of Acts: A Critical Discourse Analysis perspective. Language. Text. Society 9.2.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2022. New considerations for variable clitic placement in Spanish: Findings from Atlanta, Georgia. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics 35.2. 650-674.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. Historical practices of standardization in Spanish: A preliminary study of phonetic and orthographic changes in the Siete Partidas. Linguistics International Journal 15.2. 31-45.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. Un análisis preliminar de los préstamos verbales del inglés en francés y español. Revista Electrónica del Lenguaje 8. 8-18.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. First-person plural subject pronoun expression in Mexican Spanish spoken in Georgia. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 14.2. 411-432.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. Anti-racist Text and Talk: A Critical Discourse Studies Approach to Black Feminism. REiLA: Journal of Research and Innovation in Language 3.2. 79-86.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. Factores motivantes en la selección de tú explícito/tácito
    en el español mexicano de Atlanta, EE.UU. Estudios Filológicos 67. 177-195.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. The grammaticalization of the Spanish construction lo que pasa es que: From lexical reference to subjectification. Advances in Language and Literary Studies 12.3. 90-93.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. First-person singular and third-person subject pronoun variation: The case of Mexican Spanish in the U.S. state of Georgia. Lenguaje 49.1. 104-134.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2021. Establishing a variable context for lexical subjects in Spanish. Forma y Función 34.1.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2020. An analysis of por decirlo así: A discourse marker of attenuation. The Linguistics Journal 14.2. 71-86.
  • Bove, Kathryn & Philip P. Limerick. 2020. The acquisition of subject-verb inversion and preposition placement in Spanish wh- questions. Hispanic Studies Review 5.1. 26-46.
  • Howe, Chad & Philip P. Limerick. 2020. Understanding language attitudes among members of a new Latino community in the Southeastern United States: From speech to tweets. In Spanish across domains in the United States: Education, public space, and social media, ed. by Francisco Salgado-Robles and Edwin M. Lamboy, 364-387. Leiden: Brill.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2020. Interaction effects on variable subject pronoun expression in Spanish. Lingüística y Literatura 77. 274-294.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2020. Populist and anti-populist discourse concerning African-Americans: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Central Park Five case. Iperstoria 15. 171-187.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2020. Discursive racism against Afro-descendants in Uruguay. Hispanic Studies Review 4.2. 82-100.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2019. Subject expression in a Southeastern U.S. Mexican Community. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 8.2. 243-273.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2019. The discursive distribution of subject pronouns in Spanish spoken in Georgia: A weakening of pragmatic constraints? Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 12.1. 97-126.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2018. Variable clitic placement in US Spanish. In Contemporary trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2015, ed. by Jonathan E. MacDonald, 49-70. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2017. Identity in discourse: Person-reference among Mexicans in the Southeastern U.S. Lengua y migración / Language and Migration 9.1. 85-112.
  • Limerick, Philip P. 2017. Language contact in the US Southeast: The case of Spanish subject expression in an emerging bilingual community in Georgia. Spanish in Context 14.1. 53-77.


  • SPA 110: Fundamentals I
  • SPA 120: Fundamentals II
  • SPA 220: Intermediate II
  • SPA 255: Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPA 291: Spanish in the United States
  • LIN 210: Introduction to Linguistics

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