Calafate, Isabella

I am a PhD candidate in Hispanic Linguistics and a graduate teaching associate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

I received both my BA (Languages - Portuguese and Spanish) and MA (Hispanic Linguistics) from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and 2018 respectively. 

My main research interests are in the fields of Sociolinguistics and Language Contact, with an emphasis on U.S. Spanish. I have been working more specifically with language variation and change (mood variation), language contact phenomena, and also the incorporation of Sociolinguistics within the field of Heritage Language Pedagogy. I have been a research assistant for the project Bilingual Voices in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands and for CESA (Corpus del Español en el Sur de Arizona). I am also a research collaborator in the Group of Inter-institutional Research in Languages, which has been working with pronominal variation in Brazilian Portuguese tweets.

SPAN 253: Intermediate Spanish I for Heritage Learners (Fall 2020; Fall 2021; Fall 2022)
SPAN 458: Hispanic Sociolinguistics (Spring 2020)
PORT 305: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Fall 2018 - Fall 2019; Summer 2020)
PORT 497R: Advanced Intensive Portuguese and Brazilian Culture (co-taught with Dr. Katia Bezerra in the Study Abroad Program; Summer 2021)

I was a program assistant and advisor in the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at the University of Arizona during the 2021-2022 academic year. I am co-creator and member of the Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Working Group at the University of Arizona, and I was also the Linguistics coordinator of the 31st Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Symposium hosted in the same institution. In addition, I have served as reviewer and associate editor for Spanish & Portuguese Review (graduate journal of AATSP).