LICORG bios

 

Junice Acosta is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic linguistics. She is interested in phonology from both theoretical and variationist perspectives. Her dissertation examines the correlations between speakers’ social networks and phonological variation in Dominican Spanish. She has also explored liquid and stop vocalization and elision in Cibaeño Spanish, weakening of segments in coda position as simplification mechanisms of the syllabic structure, compensatory vowel lengthening, and the phonology of Mexi-Ricans in Chicago.

 

Hanna Bernstein is an M.A. student in Hispanic Linguistics.  Her research interests include the use of discourse analysis in sociolinguistics, the motivations and uses of left-dislocation and topicalization, and forms of narrative structure in Spanish.




Richard Cameron (LICORG co-director) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics. He works in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis/pragmatics with professional interests in TESOL and second language acquisition. In sociolinguistics, he pursues quantitative research with the goal of applying or testing linguistic and social theory. Among social topics, he is interested in age, gender, social class, and the question of what counts as a social fact.

 



Lillian Gorman is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies.  Her research interests include the sociology of language and Latino cultural studies, particularly U.S. Latino/a ethnolinguistic identities; Spanish heritage language pedagogy, maintenance, and shift; language attitudes and ideologies; and U.S. Latino/a popular culture.  Her dissertation explores the cultural and linguistic interactions between first and second-generation Mexicans and native northern New Mexican Hispanic (nuevomexicano) communities.  

 

Jasmín Medrano is an M.A. student in Hispanic Linguistics. Her research interests include Spanish sociolinguistics, language variation and change with a focus on bi-dialectal Spanish in the U.S., and dialectology.





MaryAnn Parada is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Linguistics. Her research interests include Spanish in the U.S. and in Sweden, Chilean diaspora Spanish, names and identity, and the role of birth order in family language practices. She is also interested in language attitudes, stylistic variation in mediated language, and second dialect acquisition. Her dissertation examines the lexical profiles and language maintenance of trilingual Spanish heritage speakers in Stockholm.

 

Kim Potowski (LICORG co-director) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics.  She is interested in the sociology of language, language use and shift, transnationalism and immigration, Spanish in the United States, and the teaching of heritage languages.   For more about her research, publications, and public talks, see http://potowski.org 






Alejandra Prieto-Mendoza is a PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics. Her research interests include variationist analysis and discourse analysis in relation to direct quotations in the different dialects of Spanish. She is also interested in language and gender.

 




Annalee Tomsicek
is a M.A. student in Hispanic Linguistics. Her research interests include Spanish in the U.S., Spanish-English bilingual literature and poetry, and the intersection between Queer Theory, Border Studies, and Hispanic Linguistics.

 

 

Undergraduate members:

Maya Fernández.  Project title: “Mexican and Puerto Rican relationships in Chicago.”

María López.  UIC Research Experience program. Project title: “Do you need Spanish to be Latino?”

Palak Patel.  Project title: “Mexican and Spanish lexical knowledge in Chicago.”

Natasha Rahman.  Project title: “Medical Spanish”

Yaxal Sobrevilla.  LASURI program.  Project title: "Spanish proficiency in Chicago.”

  

Visiting affiliates:

Mar Campos, Unversity of Almería, Spain.  Summer 2013.  Director of Álabe: http://revistaalabe.com/index/alabe

Milin Bonomi, Italy.  Spring 2014.
Dr. Bonomi's CV can be viewed here.