This group will examine the cognitive and linguistic implications of US Latina/o speech communities. By employing experimental psychology and sociolinguistic laboratory instruments and technologies they will collect, assess, and evaluate cognitive and linguistic data. They will also establish connections between quantitative results and qualitative explanations to discover and pinpoint linguistic trends and behavioral patterns characteristic and representative of US Latina/o communities, and how these correlate to the way they speak. The group will explore the different linguistic aspects that shape 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 linguistic implications, and explain and analyze important language policy challenges posed by the presence of other language-speaking communities in the US. 

Affiliated Institutions: University of Texas at Austin; University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University, University of Wyoming, University of New Mexico

Working Group Coordinator:

  • Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Mexican American Studies