We offer a premier program in Hispanic linguistics featuring cutting-edge research
in cognitive, functional, typological linguistics. Our history extends to the beginning of the
previous century with important documentation of New Mexican
Spanish by our own Aurelio Espinoza. This documentation has been
continued most notably in the work by Professors Bills & Vigil
with the New Mexico Colorado Spanish survey
Because large bodies of data are crucial tools for training students on usage-based approaches to linguistic theory, we are building corpora in language contact situations in the US and the Amazon, and in monolingual varieties of Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Students in our programs have collected data in Central America and Mexico as well.
Our faculty has an active research agenda in language variation and change, language contact, first and second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.