Gerald McMenamin, Ph.D.

Instructor, Spanish
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Gerald McMenamin completed his undergraduate work in philosophy of language at UC Irvine and the M.A. in linguistics at CSU Fresno. He completed the Doctorado en lingüística Hispánica at the Colegio de México, México, DF, which included a year of specialization in sociolinguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. McMenamin then undertook a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Spanish-language clinical linguistics at UCLA Medical Center.

Since 1983, he has been active as a forensic linguist and has provided expert testimony in various state and federal courts. He also provided testimony in courts in Canada, England, France, Philippines, Switzerland and at the World Court.

McMenamin has taught linguistics and Spanish linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, University of Delaware, UCLA, California State University Fresno and the University of Nevada Reno. He has also published a number of books and articles related to his various research interests.

Research interests

  • Analysis of linguistic variation
  • Forensic linguistics

Recent publications

  • Introducción a la lingüística forense: un libro de curso, The Press at CSU, 2017.
  • "Jasmine and the Bee: Spelling Word-Initial [th] in English," with Lindsay Kerr, Language, 2014.
  • "La lingüística forense: el caso histórico de Texas v. Cortez (1901)," Serie de Estudios Lingüísticos: Lingüística Aplicada, Univ. de Sonora, Hermosillo, 2012.
  • "El estudio contemporáneo del bilingüismo," Orbis: Bulletin de Documentation Linguistique, 1992.
  • "Language deficits in a bilingual child with cerebral cysticercosis," The Bilingual Review, 1984.
  • "La geografía dialectal sociolingüística: un ejemplo andaluz," Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, 1989.
  • A First Course in Spanish: Workbook and Recordings, Harper & Row, 1979.

Courses taught

  • SPAN 303
  • SPAN 441
  • WLL 495


  • Doctorado, lingüística Hispánica, El Colegio de México, D.F., 1978
  • M.A., linguistics, California State University Fresno, 1972
  • B.A., philosophy, University of California Irvine, 1968