Department of Spanish & Italian

Jerid Francom

Jerid Francom

Ph.D. in Linguistics & Cognitive Science, University of Arizona
Associate Professor of Spanish & Linguistics

Office: Greene Hall 550
Phone: (336) 758-4868


My research focuses on the use of large-scale language archives (‘corpora’) from a variety of sources (news, social media, and other internet sources) to better understand the linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between language varieties for both scholarly and pedagogical projects.

I’ve published on topics including the development, annotation, and evaluation of linguistic corpora and analyzed corpora through corpus, psycholinguistic, and computational methodologies. I also have experience working with and teaching statistical programming with R.


2015-present: Associate Professor of Spanish & Linguistics, Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University. Linguistics program director.

2009-2015: Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics, Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University

2004-2009: Research Assistant, ADVANCE program, University of Arizona

2008: Graduate instructor, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona

2007-2008: Research Assistant, Semitic Lexical Corpus, PsyCol Laboratory, University of Arizona

2005-2008: Instructional technology graduate liaison, College of Humanities Instructional Computing, University of Arizona

2001-2007: Graduate Instructor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Arizona

1999-2000: Translator, English-Spanish, Amphitheater Public Schools, Tucson, Arizona

1998-1999: English as a Second Language Teacher, Barcelona, Spain


2004-2009: PhD Linguistics & Cognitive Science, University of Arizona (Dissertation: Experimental Syntax: exploring the effect of repeated exposure to anomalous syntactic structure – evidence from rating and reading tasks.)

2001-2004: MA Hispanic Linguistics, University of Arizona (Thesis: Adjective Small Clauses and Free-word Order in Spanish)

1998: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), Cambridge University

1996-1998: BA History, University of Arizona

Recent publications

Hulden, M. and Francom, J. (2016). Spanish diacritic error detection and restoration—a survey. In Z. Vetulani and H. Uszkoreit (eds.), Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). Springer Verlag.

Hulden, M., Silfverberg, M., and Francom, J. (2015) Kernel density estimation for text-based geolocation. In Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2015). Austin, Texas. Jan 25 – 29, 2015.

Francom, J., Hulden, M. and Ussishkin, A. (2014) ACTIV-ES: a comparable, cross-dialect corpus of ‘everyday’ Spanish from Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).

Francom, J., and Hulden, M. (2013). Diacritic error detection and restoration via part-of-speech tags. In Proceedings of the 6th Language and Technology Conference: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics. Poznań, Poland

Hulden, M., and Francom, J. (2013). Weighted and unweighted transducers for tweet normalization. In Tweet Normalization Workshop at SEPLN 2013. Madrid, Spain: Sun SITE Central Europe (CEUR) Workshop Proceedings.

Hulden, M., Silfverberg, M., and Francom, J. (2013). Finite state applications with Javascript. In Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics, Oslo, Norway. Northern European Association for Language Technology (NEALT). Linköping University Electronic Press.

Francom, J. (2012). Wh-movement: interrogatives, exclamatives and relatives. In I. Hualde, A. Olarrea, E. O’Rourke (eds.),The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell.

Hulden, M. and Francom, J. (2012). Boosting statistical tagger accuracy with simple rule-based grammars. In Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Istanbul, Turkey. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).

Francom, J., LaCross, A. and Ussishkin, A. (2010). How specialized are specialized corpora? Behavioral evaluation of corpus representativeness for Maltese. In Proceedings of the Seventh conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation, Valletta, Malta. European Language Resources Association (ELRA).

Basic language

SPA 111 “Elementary Spanish I”
SPA 113 “Intensive Elementary Spanish”
SPA 153 “Intermediate Spanish”
SPA 154 “Accelerated Intermediate Spanish”

Spanish major/ minor

SPA 309 “Spanish Grammar and Composition”
SPA 322 “Spanish Pronunciation and Dialect Variation”
SPA 329 “Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics”

Linguistics minor

ANT-LIN 150 “Introduction to Linguistics”
LIN 330 “Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition”
LIN 380 “Language Use and Technology”
LIN 383 “Language Engineering: Localization and Terminology”

Interpreting and Translation Studies Masters program

LIN 680 “Language Use and Technology”
TIS 785 “Applied Research Project”