Dr. Russell Simonsen

Dr. Russell Simonsen


Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, May 2020
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

M.A. in Spanish, May 2015
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Concentration: Spanish linguistics

B.S. in Spanish Education with honors, May 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (Spanish-English). Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, 05/19.
  • Spanish Teacher, K-12, Code 365. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 06/10.




Paper Presentations

  • Simonsen, R. “Subject Raising over Experiencers Seems to Me to Be Marginally Grammatical in Spanish.” Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, October 24–27, 2019.
  • Simonsen, R. “Documenting Spanish Learners Ability to Relate Word Order and Verb Type in Real Time.” Second Language Research Forum. Michigan State, East Lansing, September 20–22, 2019.
  • Simonsen, R. “We’re Far from the Shallow (Structure Hypothesis) Now: Exploring the Depths of Non-native Spanish Sentence Processing.” Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA). University of Minnesota, February 13, 2019.
  • Simonsen, R. “Revaluing Texts from a Post-structuralist Perspective in Second Language Instruction.” 100th Annual AATSP Conference. Salamanca, Spain. June 25–28, 2018.
  • Simonsen, R. “Using Bare Argument Ellipsis and Fronted Dative Objects to Understand the Syntax of Psych Verbs.” Presented at Minnesota Syntax and Psycholinguistics Lab. University of Minnesota, October 27, 2017.
  • Simonsen, R. “Establishing Level-appropriate Input as the Priority in Text Selection.” 99th Annual AATSP Conference. Chicago, July 6–9, 2017.
  • Simonsen, R. “Challenging the Notion of Authenticity in Language.” 26th Conference on Spanish in the United States. Brigham Young University, Provo, April 6–8, 2017.
  • Simonsen, R. “The Promotion of Cultural Manufacturing in The World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.” University of Minnesota Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference. University of Minnesota, March 31–April 1, 2017.
  • Simonsen, R. “L1 English Influence on the Acquisition of Spanish Psych Verbs.” Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Georgetown University, Washington DC. October 7–9, 2016.
  • Simonsen, R. “The Acceleration of the Periphrastic Future in US Spanish: Evidence Against Contact-induced Language Change.” Linguistics Association of the Southwest (LASSO) Conference. University of Texas at Austin. September 15–17, 2016.
  • Simonsen, R. “Variable Future Expression in Bilingual Texas between 1822 and 1836.” University of Minnesota Graduate Student Conference. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, March 26, 2016.
  • Simonsen, R. “Working Toward an Understanding of /u/ fronting in Spanish through Acoustic Analysis.” 4th Luso-Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, November 21, 2015.
  • Sánchez Vicente, A., Simonsen, R., & Tejedo-Herrero F. “Apuntes para una caracterización del dialecto castellano en el siglo XVII a partir de un corpus de cartas privadas.” Kentucky Foreign Languages and Literatures Conference. University of Kentucky, April 24, 2015.
  • Caballero, J. A. & Simonsen, R. “Using Visual Representations to Teach Preterite and Imperfect.” Department of Spanish and Portuguese TA Professional Development Workshop. University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2014.

Poster Presentations

  • Simonsen, R., & Chacón, D. A. “A Cross-sectional Study of Non-native Spanish Sentence Processing. CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 29–31, 2019.
  • Simonsen, R., Chacón, D. A. “Lexical Prediction and the Processing of Argument Structure in English Psych Verbs.” CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 29–31, 2019.
  • Simonsen, R. “On the Status of Parecer as a Modal Verb.” Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. University of Texas, October 27, 2018.
  • Simonsen, R. “Where will Teaching Take You?” Artistic poster created for the education-themed art exhibition Beyond the Bell. University of Wisconsin- Platteville, January 22–February 3, 2018.
  • Paesani, K., Menke, M., and Simonsen, R. “Analyzing Foreign Language Instructional Materials through the Lens of the Multiliteracies Framework.” CARLA Open House. University of Minnesota, October 10, 2017.

Professional Affiliations

  • 2020-present: Member of Ohio Foreign Language Association
  • 2018-2019: Member of the Linguistic Society of America
  • 2016–present:  Member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • 2016–2017: Member of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC)
  • 2016–2017: Member of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO)