dr Karolina Broś

Position Assistant Professor
Department Discourse Studies
Room 1.047
Telephone +48 22 55 26069
E-mail k.bros(at)uw.edu.pl
Duty hours 13 June 2017, 14:30-15:30; 20 June 2017, 13:00-14:30

Academic degrees:

  • PhD in linguistics, English Institute, University of Warsaw, 2012 (dissertation entitled: “ Survival of the Fittest: Fricative Lenition in English and Spanish from the Perspective of Optimality Theory”)
  • European Masters in Conference Interpreting Certificate (post-graduate degree), University of Warsaw, 2009, specialisation: English and Spanish
  • M.A. Degree in Cultural and Linguistic Studies of Western Europe, University of Warsaw, 2007, specialisation: English, Spanish and French linguistics


Research interests:

  • theoretical and applied linguistics
  • Spanish linguistics
  • the status and development of Spanish in Latin America
  • phonetics and phonology
  • dialectology / sociolinguistics
  • pragmatics
  • historical and comparative linguistics
  • historical phonology, sound change, language change
  • psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics 


Scholarships and research stays:

  • 09.2017-08.2018: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, Zurich. Project entitled “Perception of Stress Shift by Speakers of Spanish – an ERP Study” to be implemented at the Zurich University, in cooperation with Dr Volker Dellwo (Phonetics Laboratory) and Prof. Martin Meyer from the Department of Psychology, Neuroplasticity and Learning in the Normal Aging Brain.
  • 5.07-20.08.16: Perception/production study conducted on Gran Canaria, project: Language change in Gran Canarian Spanish – a phonetic and sociolinguistic study.
  • 1-14.02.16: Fieldwork conducted on Gran Canaria, co-financed by the University of Warsaw Foundation, project: Language change in Gran Canarian Spanish – a phonetic and sociolinguistic study.


Teaching experience:

  • Spanish language (intensive university course)
  • translation workshops (EU and international law, political texts)
  • British pronunciation
  • phonetics and phonology (Spanish, English, Polish)
  • selected issues in theoretical linguistics
  • English language (grammar, speaking and writing)


Professional experience:

  • professional English and Spanish translator and interpreter since 2004 (specialising in tender documentation, legal texts, contracts, financial statements, transport, tourism and the EU)
  • Interpreting and conference services coordinator during the Polish Presidency in the EU Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011)
  • English language teacher (2002-2004)


Papers presented at international conferences:

  • 14th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP14), Dusseldorf – “Spanish non-continuants at the prosody-phonetics interface” (19-21 February, 2017)
  • 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester – “Opaque Domain Modelling in OT: Against Stepwise Prosodic Parsing in Harmonic Serialism” (29-31 May, 2016)
  • 46th annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS), Montréal – “Stratum junctures and counterfeeding – against the current formulation of cyclicity in Stratal OT” (16-18 October, 2015)
  • Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2015, Cambridge – “Perception of stress and vowel reduction in Spanish: word identification, native speaker bias and the default vowel” (28 June – 1 July, 2015)
  • Approaches to Phonology and Phonetics (APAP), Lublin – “Further sound change in Spanish – postvocalic voicing in Gran Canaria” (19-21 June, 2015)
  • 23rd Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester – “Phonemic overlap in Canarian Spanish – the case of postvocalic voicing” (28-30 May, 2015)
  • IV Foro de Linguística Hispánica: panorama de temas y métodos de investigación, Warsaw – “Percepción de acento y acortamiento vocálico en español” (7-9 May, 2015)
  • 37. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DgfS) Conference, Leipzig – Workshop: Strong versus weak prosodic positions, “The prosodic word – weak or strong? Evidence from Spanish” (4-6 March, 2015)
  • 12th Old World Conference in Phonology, Barcelona – “The prosodic word – weak or strong? Evidence from Spanish” (27-30 January, 2015)
  • SLE2014 organised by Societas Linguistica Europea in Poznań, Poland – "Stress pattern and reduction correlations in Spanish" (11-14 September, 2014)
  • didTRAD PACTE 2014, Second International Conference on Research into the Didactics of Translation, Barcelona – "Students on the computer-based translation market: how to reshape translation studies" (7-9 July, 2014)
  • Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium (Olinco 2014), Olomouc (Czech Republic) – "Polish voicing assimilation at the phonetics-phonology interface" (5-7 June, 2014)
  • 22nd Manchester Phonology Meeting – "Laryngeal conspiracies and the life cycle of phonological processes" (29-31 May, 2014)
  • Lingwistyka stosowana – teoria i praktyka dydaktyki, conference organised by the Polish Applied Linguistics Association, Wrocław – "Studenci w dobie Internetu i skomputeryzowanego rynku pracy: jak dostosować studia translatorskie do zmieniających się realiów" (11-12 April, 2014)
  • Foro de Lingüística Hispánica UAM 2013, Poznań – “Debilitamiento de la s en Chile e implicaciones históricas” (9-11 May, 2013)
  • 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting 23-26 May, 2012, oral presentation: “Derivationalism in OT – Boon or Bane”
  • Second Workshop on Sound Change in Bavaria (2-4 May, 2012), poster presentation on Spanish lenition as phonemic shift
  • GLiP 7 (2-4 December, 2011), presentation on Chilean s-weakening as an example of phonological opacity, published in the second volume of “Generative Linguistics in Wrocław”



Seminars and internships:

  • Aix Summer School on Prosody – Methods in Prosody and Intonation Research: Data, Theories, Transcription, Aix-en-Provence (Aix-Marseille University), France. http://aixprosody2016.weebly.com (6-9 September 2016)
  • Stem II Summer Training in Experimental Methods, Lisbon (Lisbon University). Praat and Advanced Praat (scripting) workshops. http://labfon.letras.ulisboa.pt/summerschool/en (4-5 September 2016)
  • LateX Workshop (writing research papers, conference presentations and posters), Leipzig, Germany (3-5 March, 2015)
  • Training for Trainers (Brussels), seminar organised by the European Commission for conference interpreting trainers (14-18 September, 2015)
  • II Specialist Seminar on the Didactics of Translation organised by the PACTE Group, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (7 July, 2014)

    • Pedagogical bases in translator training (A. Hurtado Albir)
    • ICTs applied to translator training (P. Rodríguez-Inés)
    • Assessment in translator training (A. Hurtado Albir & A. Galán-Mañas)
    • Use of corpora in translator training (P. Rodríguez-Inés)

  • Professional training programme for teaching staff of the University of Warsaw organised as a part of Modern University project (September 2013)



Other activities:

  • field research for the purposes of the PhD: a 6-week stay in Argentina and Chile (summer 2010)
  • 1-year scholarship, Madrid, Universidad Complutense, Facultad de Filología (September 2006 – June 2007)
  • EGG – Eastern European School in Generative Linguistics (Wrocław 2012, Konstanca 2010, Debreczyn 2009,  Brno 2007 summer school editions)
  • GliP 6 (Generative Linguistics in Poland 6 conference), Warsaw (5-6 April, 2008)
  • English-Spanish translation course certificate, Salamanca, Spain (August 2005)
2015 Broś Survival

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