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Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain)

Assistant Professor of Sociolinguistics
Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana



Juan J. Colomina received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and he is an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at UT-Austin. His books include Los problemas de las teorías representacionales de la conciencia (Tenerife: Universidad de La Laguna, 2010) and Implicaciones de la teoría de los actos de habla (Madrid: EAE, 2011), and he has coedited (with V. Raga) La filosofía de Richard Rorty (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2010.)
 He has also published more than fifty articles in several collected books and international journals. His research areas of interest focus on the boundaries between Semantics and Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language, Linguistic Anthropology, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Philosophy of Science, and Logic. In 2012, he received the Young Researcher Award from the Spanish Society of Logic. He is a member of the Research Group for Logic, Language, Epistemology, Mind, and Action (LEMA) at the University of La Laguna in Spain, whose main project is “Points of View and Temporal Structures” (FII2011-24549).


Philosophy of Language; Linguistic Anthropology; Bilingualism; Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness; Cognition: Intensional and Inductive Logic; Philosophy of Science; Metaphysics (specially Time); Points of View and Perspectivism; and Carnap’s and Russell’s Legacies.

MAS 374 • Socioling:mex Amer/Lat Studies

35464 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BLS 1.130
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Description: "Sociolinguistics  for MALS Majors" examines the presence and use of English, Spanish, Portuguese, and other "indigenous" languages in the US, focusing particularly on those aspects that characterize Latina/o communities, such as language acquisition; language maintenance, change, and loss; language contact phenomena such as code-switching  or lexical borrowing; linguistic identity and ideology, linguistic attitudes, and the interaction between language, gender, race, ethnicity, and social class.

Students will explore the different linguistics aspects that help shaping identity, identify and illustrate historical developments relevant to the presence of Latina/o populations in the US, discuss the diversity of US Latina/o communities and its linguistics implications,  and explain and analyze important language policy challenges posed by the presence of other language­ speaking communities in the US (mainly those involving Hispanic and Latina/o populations). Students will also have the option to complete written assignments in Spanish, since instructor is Spanish and Catalan native speaker (plus also speaks other 6 languages).

Therefore, this is not only a course about language but also about the Latina/o populations that speak those languages.

Texts/Readings:The Handbook of Hispanic Sociolinguistics, edited by M. Diaz-Campos  (specially Part V, which analyzes Spanish in US Latino communities); The handbook of Hispanic Linguistics, edited by J.l. Hualde, A. Olarrea, and E. O'Rourke, Wiley, 2012 (specially Parts 3 and 4, which analyze aspects of US Spanish); "Fighting words: Latina girls, gangs, and Language Attitudes," by Norma Mendoza-Denton, in Speaking Chicana, edited by L. Galindo, University of Arizona Press, 1999.

Grading: 25% Final exam; 25% Final research paper; 25% Short review essays; 25% A&P

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