Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin (Madison), 2000
M.A. – University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1994
B.A. - University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), 1990
Dr. Kania’s area of specialty is historical Spanish linguistics, particularly American Spanish of the colonial period. She has edited numerous documents from both Mexico and New Mexico and has written articles regarding features of American Spanish evidenced in colonial texts. Her articles have appeared in La corónica, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, and the Journal of the Southwest (forthcoming). Dr. Kania is a collaborator in the Cíbola Project, directed by Jerry R. Craddock of the University of California, Berkeley, which is concerned with the edition and publication of documents of the Hispanic Southwest from the 16th-18th centuries. Her continuing research involves the edition of the “Probanza de méritos” of Vicente de Zaldívar, a 134-folio document dating from 1600-1602. She has also recently finished a book-length manuscript entitled Mexican Spanish of the Colonial Period: Evidence from the Audiencia of New Galicia, which is forthcoming.
Mexican Spanish of the Colonial Period: Evidence from the Audiencia of New Galicia. New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies. (Expected 2009.)
“The Probanza de méritos of Vicente de Zaldívar: Edition and Notes to Part 1 (1601-1602)”. Journal of the Southwest. (Forthcoming.)
“A Linguistic Analysis of Part 1 of the Probanza de méritos of Vicente de Zaldívar (1601-1602).” Southwest Journal of Linguistics 27.1 (2008): 17-51.
Text and Concordances of the ‘Probanza de méritos’ of Vicente de Zaldívar, 1600-1602. CD-ROM. New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2006.
Kania, Sonia, and Cynthia Kauffeld. “Textual Support for Andalucismo: Documenting Seseo on Both Sides of the Atlantic.” La corónica 34.1 (2005): 51-69.
History of the Spanish Language
Origins of American Spanish
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