College of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures Department
BA in Modern Languages and Literatures
Karen Muñoz Christian
This project will first review the history of Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology in the United States of America. Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology is important in our diverse country where 245 languages are spoken. After a general overview of the field, I will focus on the Spanish language because it is the second most spoken language in the U.S. according to the U.S. Census in 2010. Then, I will review different aspects of Spanish linguistics such as phonology, morphology, and semantics. The understanding of such terms is pertinent to the practice of Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology.
Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists have many responsibilities because they work with patients from different cultures with varying dialects more so than Monolingual Speech-Language Pathologists. I will discuss the many difficulties that Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists have to deal with and how the Spanish assessment process of patients differs than the prototypical English Assessment.
After discussing Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology in general, I will specify my research to San Luis Obispo County in California. Although Spanish-speakers are not the majority in San Luis Obispo this does not mean necessary resources should not be available to the Spanish-speaking population. Lack of Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists is a problem in San Luis Obispo County that should be changed. I have interviewed two certified monolingual Speech-Language Pathologists to hear their experiences and how they react or relate to certain issues pertaining to their field.