Hispanic Linguistics

Our programs offer courses in Spanish Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition. In these classes, students explore how language is formulated and organized in our brains, what are the Spanish structures that are possible and why, and how sounds are organized, produced and perceived. Some of our classes also explore language production as social behavior, taking into account speakers’ intentions, the role of the interlocutor, Spanish variation and change over time, and the impact of language ideologies and attitudes on our societies. Finally, these approaches are applied to our understanding about how Spanish is acquired and taught in our classes that focus on pedagogical issues that arise in the field of teaching of Spanish as a second language and as a heritage language. 


The department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona offers a Master’s degree in Spanish in Hispanic Linguistics concentration and a Ph.D. in Spanish with Hispanic Linguistics as a major. The program provides training in Spanish Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Heritage Language Research and Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, and Pragmatics.


2017 Hispanic Linguistics Welcome Happy Hour


Linguistics in Tucson

The University of Arizona has the highest concentration of linguists per student of any Research-1 University in the United States. Linguists are part of an increasing number of Departments and Programs including Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Spanish and Portuguese, English, French and Italian, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), Anthropology, to name a few-- and they form a tightly related resource for theoretical, applied and multidisciplinary studies. The University of Arizona is situated in the midst of Native American Territory and very close to the border with Mexico. Tucson hosts an extensive community of native speakers of Spanish making it a vibrant and endless source of linguistic reflection and research.

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Phonetics, Laboratory Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism, Variation and Change, Comparative and Historical Romance Linguistics, Catalan.
Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, with a specialization in sociolinguistics. She is the Director of...
Course Information: Spanish 437: Spanish Theater Spanish 330: Intermediate Conversation Courses Taught: Spanish 325, Span 330, Span 425, Span 435, Span 437, Span 450, Span 511, Span 561, Span 579, Span 581A
Dr. Sonia Colina's areas of expertise are Spanish phonology (Optimality Theory, syllable structure) and Translation Studies (translation pedagogy, translation quality and translation in health care). She is the author of Fundamentals of...
Courses Taught: SPAN 696; SPAN 582; SPAN 581; SPAN 580; SPAN 457; SPAN 453; SPAN 452; SPAN 325 Publications since 2001 Books: Hualde J.I., A. Olarrea & E. O' Brian. 2012. Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Blackwell. Colina, S., A. Olarrea...