Diane Ringer Uber

Diane Uber

Professor - Spanish [On Leave 2019-2020]

Office: Kauke 210
Phone: 330-263-2382
Email: duber@wooster.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • B.A., Wooster 1974
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State 1977
  • Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison 1981

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Spanish I and II (101, 102)
  • Intermediate Spanish for Grammar, Conversation and Composition I and II (201, 202)
  • Spanish Phonology (270)
  • The Structure of Modern Spanish (310)
  • Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching (319)
  • Special Topics (Hispanic Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism) (311)
  • Direction of Independent Study Theses in Hispanic Language, Linguistics, Pedagogy, Commerce, and Culture (451, 452)

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Delivered a keynote address on Puerto Rican Spanish at the 27th Conference on Spanish in the United States / 12th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, entitled: “‘Addressing’ Respect and Politeness in Puerto Rican Spanish”, at Cleveland State University on April 6, 2019.
  • Received Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Directions Award for travel to Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao, Spain to conduct a research project on "Spanish Architecture as a Reflection of Spanish Culture" in the Summer of 2012.
  • Inducted into the Ninth Class of the Mercer (PA) Area High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, 2008.
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Grant for Travel to International Meetings Abroad to present a paper at XI Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de la América Latina (ALFAL), July 22-27, 1996, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Received National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Study Grant for project on“Discourse Analysis and a Context-Sensitive Approach to Spanish Linguistics”, Summer 1994
  • Presidents’ Award of Commendation for paper presented at 18th LACUS Forum, “Functional Communication: Data from Spanish”, Award given by current and past presidents of Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS), 1991
  • Annual prize for best article published on linguistics in journal Hispania during 1988, “Clitic Usage in New York and the Caribbean”
  • Memberships and affiliations include the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de la América Latina (ALFAL), Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO), and Sigma Delta Pi (national Spanish honorary society).


Uber has published more than 50 articles in various academic journals, and is also conversant in Portuguese. Her current research project is on forms of address in the workplace in Spanish-speaking countries.

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • Hispanic Dialectology
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Discourse analysis of Spanish in business contexts
  • Neutralization of /r/ and /l/ in Caribbean Spanish
  • Phonological, morphological, and discourse consequences of /s/ deletion and /n/ velarization in Caribbean Spanish
  • Pronouns of address (tú /vos vs. usted, and vosotros vs. ustedes) in Latin American and Peninsular Spanish
  • Third-person clitic pronoun usage [le(s) vs. lo(s)/la(s)]


Before coming to Wooster, Uber was a consultant in linguistics and dialectology in the State of New Jersey's Administrative Office of the Courts. Prior to that, she spent seven years as an assistant professor of Spanish at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.