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Barbara E. Bullock, Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Delaware

Professor of French Linguistics, Department of French & Italian, UT-Austin

Barbara E. Bullock (Ph.D. 1991 University of Delaware) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in the structural outcomes of the Romance languages in the American diaspora. She is particularly interested in situating linguistic change in its ecological context, examining the productions and perceptions of immigrant, heritage and borderland speakers who have been isolated from the standardizing norms of literacy and education. She is the co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Code-switching and of Formal Aspects of Romance Linguistics and is the author of numerous articles on phonology, bilingualism, language contact, and language change that appear in important journals and compendia, among these, The French Review, The Journal of French Language Studies, Lingua, Probus, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, and Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana , Rivista di Linguistica, Cahiers Linguistiques d’Ottawa


Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, Ph.D., Linguistics, Cornell University

Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Department of Spanish and Linguistics, UT-Austin

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (Ph.D., Cornell University 1993) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas. Her research itinerary in linguistics examines the ways in which the facts of contact and rural varieties of Spanish can be brought to bear on issues central to phonological and morpho-syntactic theorizing. A second line of research in sociology of language is founded in her concern with the contributions of language behaviors, attitudes, and dispositions, to the understanding of the configurations of communities in which speakers find themselves. She has co-edited, with Barbara Bullock, The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Code-switching and a special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition devoted Bilingual Convergence and she has edited a special issue of Lingua on Syntactic-theoretical Perspectives on Code-switching. Her research has been presented in notable journals, including Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, International Journal of Bilingualism, Spanish in Context, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Probus, and Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana.


jose esteban hernandez

José Esteban Hernández, Ph.D., Linguistics, Cornell University

Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UT-Pan American

José Esteban Hernández (University of New Mexico, Phd Hispanic Linguistics) is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Texas Pan American. His research interests include sociolinguistic variation, dialect and language contact, and discourse analysis and discourse markers. Most recently, he has focused on language and identity issues under language and dialect contact situations. He has authored and co-authored in venues such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Revista de Filología y Lingüística, and Southwest Journal of Linguistics. José Esteban Hernández has taught courses on the dynamics of language variation and change, and the sociolinguistics of U.S Latino communities. 


Patricia González, Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Linguistics, Texas A&M University

Adjunct Faculty, Texas A&M International University

Patricia González is a member of the adjunct faculty at Texas A&M International University. She teaches courses in Spanish Grammar and Composition, Sociolinguistics, and Language Teaching Methodology. She is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University and is currently writing her dissertation. Her scholarly interests include language contact and variation in the U. S. Border Spanish, and cross-cultural factors in language learning across diverse populations of Spanish heritage language speakers. She is committed to promoting dialect awareness in the classroom.


Carl Blyth, Ph.D., French Linguistics, Cornell University

Assistant Professor, Dept of French and Italian, UT-Austin and Director, COERLL

Carl Blyth is the Director of the Center of Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and Associate Professor of French Linguistics in the Department of French and Italian.  Carl has written various journal articles, book chapters and books which include the following: author of Untangling the Web: Nonce's Guide to Language and Culture on the Internet (Nonce, 1999), editor of The Sociolinguistics of Foreign Language Classrooms  (Heinle, 2003), co-author with Stacey Katz of Teaching French Grammar in Context (Yale University Press, 2007), and co-author with N. Megharbi & S. Pellet of Pause-café: French in Review (McGraw-Hill, 2009). Currently, he serves as the Series Editor of Issues in Language Program Direction, an annual volume devoted to foreign language learning in higher education.

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