Mauricio A. Figueroa Candia
Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Mauricio A. Figueroa Candia is an assistant professor of Experimental Phonetics at Universidad de Concepción, Chile. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences from University College London (UK) and specializes in phonetics, sociolinguistics, and ethnologies; with a focus on the application of experimental methods to solve research questions about the phonetic and phonemic levels. Dr. Figueroa Candia’s publications include studies on the sociophonetic variation of the Chilean Spanish consonant system and studies that shed new light on phonological controversies of Chilean vernacular languages. He is currently investigating social variation in the vowel system(s) of Chilean Spanish, geographical variability and rhythm in Chilean Spanish, and segmental and suprasegmental aspects of Mapudungun. Figueroa Candia has secured funding to study phonetics and phonology of Kawésqar, a language isolate spoken in the far south of Chile (Patagonia).