Elena Davidiak

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Office: Melville Library N3030
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Elena Davidiak received her Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from Moscow State Linguistic University. Her graduate studies at the University of Iowa focused on language structure and acquisition, with emphasis in Spanish. She joined the Stony Brook faculty in 2007, after completing her graduate coursework, and consecutively defended her dissertation in child multilingualism and was awarded the PhD title in 2010. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and also directed individual study in language acquisition and translation and acted as a reader for Masters’ dissertations.

Her primary research area is the sociopragmatic aspect of bilingualism and multilingualism, with focus on bilingual language acquisition in children and code switching. She is also interested in the theory and practice of translation and interpreting and in teaching language for special purposes, especially for medical personnel.

She is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian, and her research analyzes the contact situations and relationship between these languages.

Courses taught at Stony Brook:

SPN 111- Elementary Spanish I
SPN 112- Elementary Spanish II
SPN 211- Intermediate Spanish I
SPN 212- Intermediate Spanish II
SPN 321 – Advanced Composition
SPN 322 – Practical Spanish (translation and interpreting)
SPN 503 – Graduate Seminar in Spanish Linguistics:

Summer 2010, 2011 – Fundamentals of Language Acquisition
Summer 2012 – Bilingualism
Spring 2013 – Structure and Functions of Code Switching


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See past events

Fall 2015


Prof. Peter Hulme (Univ Essex)
Poetas en Nueva York: 
The Hispanic Literary Presence, 1915-1921
Dec 2, 1 to 2 pm. Melville N3060



Prof. Ada Ferrer (NYU)
Freedom's Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution
Monday Nov. 30, 2.30 pm
Javitts Center 109



Spanish Conversation Group
Practice your Spanish with free freshly brewed coffee!


Wed 1 to 2 pm in the Dept Lounge
Stay a few minutes or the whole hour!



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