Dr. Paul Sebastian

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Dr. Paul Sebastian
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Assistant Professor, Spanish & Teaching English as a Second Language / Applied Linguistics. Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Director for World Languages.
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction; Cognate area in bilingual and ESL education, Boise State University.

  • M.A. in Spanish; Cognate area in second language pedagogy, Brigham Young University.

  • B.A. in Spanish, Idaho State University.

Research Interests: 

Relationship between language and the constructed environment; learning space design; place semiotics; technology-enhanced language learning and teaching.


Dr. Sebastian was born in Hawaii, where he lived his first formative years in a multilingual, multicultural world. Systemic poverty then forced his family to float around many parts of the continental US, eventually settling in Southern Idaho, a stark contrast to what he had experienced as a young child. Without much familial or institutional guidance along the way, he completed a doctorate by attending mostly night and weekend classes while raising a young family and teaching a full load of courses at a nearby college. 

Highlighted Project

Signs of Resistance in the Asturian Linguistic Landscape

This study is a linguistic landscape analysis grounded in the ideas of contestation and resistance, and carried out using Scollon’s concept of place semiotics. It was conducted in four cities located in the Asturias region of Northern Spain. The primary goals of the project were to investigate and interpret the (in)visibility of Asturian, an endangered language spoken primarily in and around the capital city of Oviedo. Distinct patterns on public signage involving font alterations, layering, and material selections indicate that the linguistic landscape was being used as an asynchronous public forum between Asturian advocates and unseen actors. Drawing on similar studies of deliberately modified linguistic landscapes, this paper introduces the concept of the asynchronously layered linguistic landscape in which evidence of contestation and resistance can be found in strategic juxtapositions of sign materiality.

Read Signs of resistance in the Asturian linguistic landscape.

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