Armando Guerrero Jr.

E-mail: armando.guerrero@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4334

Education

  • C.Phil. Hispanic Languages & Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • M.A. Spanish, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
  • Visiting Scholar, Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios, El Colegio de México
  • B.A.Spanish & Philosophy, minor in Educational Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2011)

Research

I am interested in role that a Latinx identity plays in language competency in the United States. In particular, how this identity is informed by stylistic practice and the variable choice and use of Spanish, English, and their bilingual manifestations, Spanglish. I’m also interested in analyses of linguistic ideologies that are formulated by this same group and how these influence the construction of ethnic identity.

My research goals are to establish a better understanding of the innovative ways that speakers who self-identify as Latinx living in the US resist detrimental hegemonic ideologies about their ethnic identity and their communities, both while in the US but also when visiting the country of their heritage, with a particular interest in the Mexican diaspora. My fieldwork inevitably takes me to Mexico and to Latinx communities throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The practical implications of my work is in heritage language education, specifically, identifying ways to use the exploration of ethnic identity to surmount language acquisition barriers by reducing linguistic insecurity among this select group of Spanish speakers.

Articles

Forthcoming. GUERRERO, A. JR. & PARODI, C. The Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish Speech Community in Boyle Heights. International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

2016. PARODI, C. & GUERRERO, A., JR. Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish: An analytical approach to its indicators, markers, and stereotypes. In Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Spanish Language and Sociolinguistic Analysis. John Benjamin Publishing Company

2014. GUERRERO, A., JR. “You Speak Good English for Being Mexican”, East Los Angeles Chicano English: Language & Identity. Voices II

2013b.GUERRERO, A., JR. Recognizing U.S. Spanish. Language Magazine

2013a. GUERRERO, A., JR. A Los Angeles Flavor of Spanish: Local Norm & Ideology of a US Variety. (Master’s Thesis) University of California, Los Angeles (UMI: 1538874)

2011. GUERRERO, A., JR. Relationship between Home Language and Word Span Task Standardized Tests in Spanish/English Bilingual Children in California. (Bachelor’s Thesis) University of California, Santa Barbara

Unpublished

GUERRERO, A., JR. ‘¡Eres tan mexicano como el Taco Bell!’: Linguistic negotiation of Mexican identity in Mexico City.

GUERRERO, A., JR. Spanish/English Language Use During Informal Discourse: Language Transcript Analysis of a Bilingual Child.

Presentations

2017. La diáspora mexicana: El español vernáculo de Los Ángeles en la Ciudad de México. Jornadas internacionales en memoria de Claudia Parodi at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). México D.F., México, May 25-26

2016. Teaching into Action: La enseñanza comunicativa para docents de lenguas extranjeras. Facilitate language workshop for language-teaching students at Institución Tecnológica Colegio Mayor Bolívar. Cartagena, Colombia, June 13-14

2015c. The Mexican Diaspora: Linguistic resources for negotiating ethnic identity in Mexico. 25th Spanish in the United States & 10th Spanish in Contact Conferences (SiUS). New York, New York, March 26-29

2015b. El español vernáculo de Los Ángeles (LAVS): La valoración lingüística en Boyle Heights y Huntington Park. (with Claudia Parodi). 25th Spanish in the United States & 10th Spanish in Contact Conferences (SiUS). New York, New York, March 26-29

2015a. On the ethnolinguistic repertoire of Mexican Americans: Negotiating identity in Mexico. Georgetown University Roundtable Table on Language and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, D.C., March 13-15

2014c. El español vernáculo de Los Ángeles: Boyle Heights. (with Claudia Parodi). 43rd Annual Conference of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO). San Diego, California, September 18-20

2014b. Una Lengua, dos comunidades de habla: el español de Los Ángeles (with Claudia Parodi). 7th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS7). UW-Madison, Wisconsin, April 3-5

2014a. The Inherited Past in Present Day Spanish: The Case for LA Spanish. Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language. Lubbock, Texas, February 21-22

2013c. ¿Is Our Spanish Really That Shady?. III Why Spanish Matters: 50 Shades of Spanish at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Los Angeles, California, May 16.

2013b. The Spanish of Los Angeles: Lexical Hybridity. 24th Spanish in the United States (SiUS) & 9th Spanish in Contact Conferences. McAllen, Texas, March 6-9

2013a. Los Angeles Spanish Vernacular: The Lexical Hybridity of U.S. Spanish. Linked Session: Linguistics Society of America (LSA) & Modern Language Society (MLA). Boston, Massachusetts, January 4-6

2012e. Experiences of Speakers of non-Prestige Spanish in Los Angeles’ Public Schools. 3rd Annual Department of Applied Linguistics Public Conference: Multilingualism in Institutional Contexts at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Los Angeles, California, November 2-3.

2012d. The Power of the Powerless: Diglossia within Spanish-Speaking Communities. Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Conference: Power, Resistencia, & Transformação at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Los Angeles, California, May 17-18.

2012c. ‘You Speak Good English for Being Mexican’ East Los Angeles Chicano English: Language & Identity. II Why Spanish Matters: Bilingualism & Beyond at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Los Angeles, California, April 26.

2012b. Stigmatized Dialects: Experiences of Speakers of non-Prestige Spanish. 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS6) at University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona, April 12-14.

2012a. Myth and Realities about Bilingual Speakers in the U.S. Protecting Identity and Diversity: Language and Cultural Rights at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Santa Barbara, California, February 23.