My research involves sociocultural and linguistic aspects of Caribbean Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and their diverse communities. I'm particularly interested in the use of sounds and how they carry social, cultural, and political meaning, and how we use them to construct identity and social categories such as race, and gender. Broadly speaking, I am interested in what language can tell us about society, and how language functions as a tool to leverage agency, particularly within larger political and societal structures. 

Trinidad, Cuba (2014)

Trinidad, Cuba (2014)

My dissertation focuses on the intersections of language, gender & sexuality, and medicine using a mixed-methods approach. I examine linguistic and social practices of individuals with Turner Syndrome in Rio de Janeiro to determine how they negotiate embodied gendered identity and medical treatment through language. I am interested in understanding the body as our primary vessel for the negotiation of gendered norms of bodily praxis, language, beauty, and sexuality. 

In addition to my dissertation, my research includes the study of liquids, /r/ and /l/ sounds, in Puerto Rican Spanish and their link to ideologies about the colonial status. Other past projects include work on language attitudes and legitimation, language politics in Puerto Rico, morphosyntactic features of Cuban Spanish, West African influences on Caribbean Spanish, and Mock Spanish in the United States.  I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. See more on my Academia page


(In Press, 2019) “Variable past participles in Portuguese perfect constructions”. Schwenter, Scott, Mark Hoff, Eleni Christodulelis, Ashlee Dauphinais, & Chelsea Pflum. Language Variation and Change.

(In Press, 2019) “Employment and jobs: San Juan, Puerto Rico”. Becerra, Marisol, Kerry Ard, & Ashlee Dauphinais. In Cities around the World: Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life. ABC- CLIO.

2019. “Who Empowers the Cuban People?: Agency and Agentivity in the Media. Dauphinais, Ashlee. Language & Communication 64(1-11). Elsevier.

2017. “Cuban Spanish: Is It a Null Subject Parameter Dialect?”. Luis Ortiz-López, Ashlee Dauphinais, & Héctor Aponte-Alequín. In Cuban Spanish Dialectology: Variation, Contact and Change. Georgetown University Press.

2016. “Microvariation in the Null Subject Parameter: Word order in Cuban Spanish”. Dauphinais, Ashlee & Luis Ortiz-López. In Inquiries in Hispanic Linguistics. From theory to empirical evidence (IHLL 12). John Benjamins.

2014. “Variación microdialectal: el orden de palabras en el español cubano”. Dauphinais, Ashlee. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Master's thesis.

2014. “Qué Revolú: The ¡Atrévete y Dilo! Campaign and Language Legitimation in Puerto Rico”. Dauphinais, Ashlee & Elaine Shenk. In Readings in Language Studies (Vol. 4, pp. 59-81). International Society for Language Studies.