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Michael (Cole) Callen
47 Burrowes, Cubicle 2
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0035

Office Hours:

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  • M 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • R 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


  1. M.A., Spanish (Linguistics), Penn State
  2. B.A., German Studies and Spanish, Trinity University

Research Interests:

Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Morphosyntax


I am an MA/PhD student in Spanish Linguistics at Penn State. I hold a B.A. in German Studies and Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where I started research in language development and bilingual as a McNair Scholar. My research interests lie in language acquisition (monolingual, bilingual and heritage), language contact and linguistic variation. My approach involves the use of (socio)linguistic and experimental methodologies to investigate language acquisition and bilingual phenomena. I am especially interested in the study of language acquisition and variation from a cross-dialectal and cross-linguistic perspective, including research on varieties of Spanish, English, German and Portuguese. My research objective is to apply knowledge of differences among monolingual varieties to research on bilingual/contact varieties. In doing so, we may understand better the variation that appears in bilingual grammars.


  • Kerschen, K., M. Rocker, & M.C. Callen. 2019. Another non-null subject language: Variable subject expression in German. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 48. Eugene, Oregon. October 10-12, 2019.  

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