Jhonni Rochelle Charisse Carr

E-mail: jhonni@ucla.edu

After completing her Ph.D in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with a focus on Spanish Linguistics, Dr. Jhonni Carr was hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UCLA. She is currently revising her dissertation to produce a book manuscript.

Dr. Carr’s dissertation, “Signs of Our Times: Language Contact and Attitudes in the Linguistic Landscape of Southeast Los Angeles” exposes the dynamic situation of language contact in the signage of three L.A. cities and the manner in which language is intertwined with the public space and its inhabitants. This is done by comparing the material presence of languages in the linguistic landscape with Latina and Latino community members’ perceptions of language use and their resulting attitudes. A corpus containing images of 4,664 signs is examined, along with responses from 24 semi-directed, sociolinguistic interviews. This investigation illuminates the power relations that lie in the coexistence of Spanish and English inscriptions in the urban space of Southeast Los Angeles.

In writing her first book, Dr. Carr is delving into the finer details of her corpus in order to expand her macro analysis of language contact in the signage with a micro analysis. She is currently working on a new chapter regarding the use of Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish (Parodi, 2004, 2009, 2011) and Spanglish as seen in public space.

Dr. Carr enjoys teaching and has been distinguished with awards and honors for her instruction. She has taught classes related to the study of Spanish, Portuguese, and English linguistics, languages, and cultures.

For more information, see her website.

Education

  • Ph.D Hispanic Languages and Literatures (Hispanic Linguistics), University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • M.A. Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics), University of California, Los Angeles (2012)
  • B.A. Spanish Language and Culture, California State University, San Marcos (2009)
  • Minor: French Language and Culture, California State University, San Marcos (2009)

 

Publications

  • Carr, J. R. C. (forthcoming). Prestige, utility, and evidence of Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish in the linguistic landscape of Southeast Los Angeles. Rumbos y raíces. Ed. Belén MacGregor Villarreal.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015). Hablas mejor que yo: actitudes de hablantes nativos hacia el español de hablantes no nativos avanzados. Voices 3(1): 31-45.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2014). One margarita, please! Language attitudes regarding pronunciation in the language of origin. Voices 2(1): 63-73.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2013b). The quest for authenticity in L.A. Mexican food: A preliminary study. The International Journal of Food Studies 2(1): 45-51.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2013a). Yo quiero Taco Bell: How Hispanic culture affects American taste buds. Voices 1(1): 49-55.

Book Reviews

  • Carr, J. R. C. (forthcoming). Book review of Negotiating and contesting identities in linguistic landscapes (2016), eds. Robert Blackwood, Elizabeth Lanza, Hirut Woldemariam. Mester 45.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015). Book note on Minority languages in the linguistic landscape (2012), eds. Durk Gorter, Heiko F. Marten, and Luk Van Mensel. Language in Society 44(1): 122-123.

Manuscripts in Progress

  • Carr, J. R. C. (in preparation). Overt, covert, and local prestige in the Los Angeles linguistic landscape. In preparation for Language in Society.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (in preparation). Signs of Our Times: Spanish in the Los Angeles Linguistic Landscape. Book manuscript. Proposal requested from Georgetown University Press for series “Studies in Spanish Linguistics.” Ed. John Lipski.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (in preparation). Linguistic Landscapes. Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, Oxford University Press (invited contribution).

Presentations

INVITED LECTURES

  • Carr, J. R. C. (2016, October). Applications in sociolinguistics: Linguistic Landscape Studies. Modern Languages Department Research Colloquium, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015, November). Multilingualism in the linguistic landscape of central Mexico City. Advanced Topics in Linguistics, Translation & Multilingualism, The State University of New York at Binghamton.

SELECT CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • Carr, J. R. C. (2017d, October). Language attitudes and the perceived value of Spanish as the language of advertising in Los Angeles. The 2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2017c, April). Perceptions and realities of Spanish in the urban signage of Los Angeles. The 26th Conference on Spanish in the United States (SIUS)/11th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2017b, March). Linguistic rejection and appreciation in the Los Angeles linguistic landscape. The 2017 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL): Applied Linguistics and Transdisciplinarity, Portland, Oregon.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2017a, February). Project-based learning in the Spanish heritage language classroom: A video project proposal. The 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education: Language Teacher Education for a World on the Move: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2016c, November). Through the lens of Linguistic Landscape Studies: A new approach to studying Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 2016 Fall Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2016b, April). Signs of ethnolinguistic vitality: Spanish in the linguistic landscape of Southeast Los Angeles. The 8th Linguistic Landscapes International Workshop (LL8): Regeneration, Revitalisation, Reterritorialisation, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2016a, April). En la Línea Roja: Language attitudes regarding the linguistic landscape of a Hollywood metro cabin. The 8th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS8), Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015d, May). Reflection on practice: Questioning comparisons in Linguistic Landscape Studies. The 7th Linguistic Landscape International Workshop (LL7): Questioning Boundaries, Opening Spaces, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015c, May). Comparing Koreatowns: The linguistic landscape of the K-Towns of Los Angeles & Mexico City. The 7th Linguistic Landscape International Workshop (LL7): Questioning Boundaries, Opening Spaces, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015b, March). Spanish meets English meets Korean: Language contact in the linguistic landscape of Zona Rosa. Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) 2015: Diversity and Super-Diversity: Sociocultural Linguistic Perspectives, Washington, D.C.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2015a, January). The vernaculars of Koreatown: Language contact in the linguistic landscape. The 130th Modern Language Association Annual Convention (MLA), Vancouver, Canada.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2014, April). The role of Spanish in the linguistic landscape of Southeast Los Angeles. The XVII Annual Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL), The Ohio State University.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2013c, October). The functions of Spanish in Huntington Park: An analysis of the linguistic landscape. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) 2013 Fall Conference, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2013b, June). Hablas mejor que yo: actitudes de hablantes nativos hacia el español de hablantes no nativos avanzados. OCUPANDO el español en Los Ángeles: temas varios de una lengua en ebullición, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2013a, March). The whole enchilada on language attitudes: The lack of phonetic adaptation of words of Spanish language origin in English. The 24th Conference on Spanish in the United States: Language Contact, Language Conflict, and Language Confluence at the Edge of the Nation, University of Texas-Pan American.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2012c, April). One margarita, please! Language attitudes regarding pronunciation in the language of origin. Why Spanish Matters II: Bilingualism & Beyond, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2012b, April). Is phonetic pronunciation in the language of origin stigmatized? A pilot study. The 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS6), University of Arizona.
  • Carr, J. R. C., & Guerrero, A. (2012a, February). Myth and realities about bilingual speakers in the U.S. Protecting Identity and Diversity: Language and Cultural Rights, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2011b, December). Tapatío, tacos, and tequila: Hispanic influence on American taste preferences. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
  • Carr, J. R. C. (2011a, February). Yo quiero Taco Bell: How Hispanic culture affects American taste buds. Why Spanish Matters I: el español en EE.UU, University of California, Los Angeles.