Cabrera Abreu, Mercedes
Tenured Senior Lecturer
After completing my MA in Phonetics and my PhD at University College London in 1996, I joined the Department of FilologíaModerna at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in that same year. Since then I’ve been lecturing in English Phonetics and Phonology, History of the English Language, English Intonation, Varieties of English in the Degree of Modern Languages, and various other courses for postgraduates at the same University.
My research interests are concerned with the phonetic and phonological description of the intonation of Spanish and English, and their (accentual or dialectal) varieties. In addition to this, I’m fascinated by the pragmatic effects manifested by their intonation tunes, and how these can be taught effectively to Spanish learners of English. Currently, I’ve turned to the analysis of various types of discourse and to a characterisation of their intonation, with the aim of identifying their intonation profiles. Ultimately, I intend to transfer such knowledge to an integrated approach to the teaching and learning of English in specific environments, such as Tourism, Engineering, ITC, Hispanic studies, Law, and Traslation and Interpretation.