Diana Carter

Associate Professor of Teaching

Languages and World Literatures, Spanish
Other Titles: Associate Head, Chair of the Okanagan Faculty Committee, Spanish Undergraduate Advisor
Office: CCS 168
Phone: 250.807.9844
Email: diana.carter@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, code-switching, and the scholarship of educational leadership (SoEL).

Courses & Teaching

Beginners’ Spanish I and II, Advanced Beginners’ Spanish I and II, Advanced Spanish, History of the Spanish Language, The Sounds of Spanish, Spanish and English in Contrast.


Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She is also the Director of the DELE Examination Centre at UBCO and has been a member of the Okanagan Senate since 2014. Her research interests include bilingualism, second language acquisition, and the effects of language contact on bilingual speech. Specific research topics have focused on lexical representation, acquisition and processing, as well as the relationship between cognates and code-switching. She is currently conducting research with the following language pairs: Spanish-English, Welsh-English, and Welsh-Spanish.

Dr. Carter takes a student-centred approach to teaching, so that the students can engage in active learning. She incorporates the use of multimedia tools in the classroom, and will often combine PowerPoint presentations with music, video, images, and other web-based tools.


PhD Spanish Linguistics, 2008, University of Ottawa, Specialization in Language Acquisition; MA Hispanic Studies, 2003, University of Western Ontario, Specialization in Hispanic Linguistics; BA European Studies, 2000, University of Guelph, Specialization in Culture and Civilizations; Spanish and Italian. 4th year abroad, La Universidad de La Rioja,

Selected Publications & Presentations

Bijos, A., Carter, D., Mohan, D. (2020). MindTap. For A. C. Jarvis, R. Lebredo, F. Mena-Ayllón, M. Rowinsky-Geurts, & R. L. Stewart, ¡Hola, amigos! (4th Canadian edition). Nelson. Cengage MindTap

Broersma, M., Carter, D., Donnelly, K., & Konopka, A. (2019). Triggered codeswitching: Lexical processing and conversational dynamics. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-14.

Carter, D., Broersma, M., Donnelly, K., & Konopka, A. (2017). Presenting the Bangor Autoglosser and the Bangor Automated Clause-Splitter. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 2017: 1-8. doi: 10.1093/llc/fqw065

Broersma, M., Carter, D., & Acheson, D. (2016). Cognate costs in bilingual speech production: Evidence from language switching. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences. 7:1461. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01461

Carter, D., Broersma, M., & Donnelly, K. (2016). Applying computing innovations to bilingual corpus analysis. In A. Alba de la Fuente, E. Valenzuela, & C. Martínez-Sanz (Eds.), Language Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in honour of Juana M. Liceras. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (pp. 281-301).

Deuchar, M., Davies, P., Herring, J., Parafita Couto, M.C., & Carter, D. (2014). Building bilingual corpora. In E.Thomas, & I. Mennen (Eds.), Advances in the Study of Bilingualism (pp.93-110). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Parafita Couto, M.C., Davies, P., Carter, D., & Deuchar, M. (2014). Factors influencing codeswitching. In E.Thomas, & I. Mennen (Eds.), Advances in the Study of Bilingualism (pp.111-138). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Carter, D., Deuchar, M., Davies, P., & Parafita Couto, M. C. (2011). A systematic comparison of factors affecting the choice of matrix language in three bilingual communities. Journal of Language Contact 4(2): 153-183.

Parafita Couto, M. C., Carter, D., Davies, P., & Deuchar, M. (2011). Factors determining code-switching patterns in Spanish-English and Welsh-English bilingual communities. In Las Actas del XXVIII Congreso Internacional de AESLA, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada.

Carter, D., Parafita Couto, M.C., Davies, P., & Deuchar, M. (2010). A corpus-based analysis of codeswitching patterns in bilingual communities. Revista Española de Lingüística.

Carter, D. (2009). A cross-linguistic study of the role of conceptual cues in the primary acquisition of mass nouns in Spanish and English. In Las Actas del XXVII Congreso Internacional de AESLARevista Española de Lingüística Aplicada. 551-556.

Liceras, J. & Carter, D. (2009). La Adquisición del Léxico. In E. de Miguel (Ed.), Panorama de la Lexicología (pp.371-404). Barcelona: Editorial Ariel.

Fernández Fuertes, R., Liceras, J. M., Pérez-Tattam, R., Carter, D., Martínez, C., & Alba de la Fuente, A. (2008). The Nature of the Pronominal System and Verbal Morphology in Bilingual Spanish/English Child Data: Linguistic Theory and Learnability Issues. In J. Bruhn de Garavito, M. Almazán, & E. Valenzuela (Eds.), Proceedings from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium (pp.51-63). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Carter, D. (2007). A Cross-Linguistic Account of the Mass-Count Distinction. Proceedings of the Segundas Jornadas de Investigación Literaria y Lingüística. Ottawa: University of Ottawa. 78-88.

Carter, D. (2003).  A Tense Distortion: Variation in the Use of the Present Perfect, Based on the Atlas Lingüístico de la Península Ibérica, Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 21Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Niagara Linguistics Society.  Toronto: Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto. 15-26.  

Selected Grants & Awards

FCCS Visiting Scholar Fund. UBC Okanagan. Co-applicant with Dr. Francisco Peña, 2017

UBC Okanagan Workshop/Conference Grant, 2014-2015

Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics. Visiting Researcher fund. Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2012

British Academy Small Grant. Principal Investigator. Co-investigator Mirjam Broersma, Radboud University, 2011

Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics. Visiting Researcher fund. Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2010


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