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Michael Child

Assistant Professor
Full-time Faculty , Spanish and Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese Faculty

3161 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


Michael received his BA ('04) and MA ('09) from BYU in Portuguese and his PhD ('14) from the University of Arizona in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He was a Universitair Docent (Assistant Professor) of Portuguese and Linguistics at Leiden University from 2014-2016 before coming to BYU.

Research Interests

Second and third language acquisition, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics variation, language contact, Portuguese for Spanish speakers, and Dual Language Immersion.

Teaching Interests

Foreign language education, second language acquisition, Portuguese linguistics (phonetics/phonology, sociolinguistics, bilingualism), and Portuguese language learning.


  • PhD, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching , Hispanic Linguistics, University of Arizona (2014)
  • MA, Portuguese , Brigham Young University (2009)
  • BA, Portuguese , Business, Brigham Young University (2004)

Courses Taught


Michael William Child Blair Earl Bateman Yuliang Sun Paz González González Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto Elisabeth Mauder Michael W Child Lourdes Díaz Mariona Taulé Michael William Child


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