The Center of the Study of the Spanish of the United States (CEEEUS)

The Center of the Study of the Spanish of the United States (CEEEUS) was inaugurated in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in October of 2010 under the direction of Professor Claudia Parodi.CEEEUS is a center dedicated to the study of a variety of aspects of the Spanish(es) of the United States including language contact, and is the collaborative effort of graduate students and professors from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in conjunction with other departments who are interested in this field. The majority of CEEEUS graduate students are working on master’s/doctoral theses and individual projects related to the Center’s main topics of interest. Some of these topics include:

  • The origins of Spanish in the U.S.
  • Its development in the main areas: the Southwest, Florida, New York and Illinois


  • Spanish dialects in contact in the U.S.
  • Spanish in contact with English and other languages in the U.S. and in the Americas
  • Spanish discourse and pragmatics
  • Linguistic landscapes


  • Spanish and stigma in the U.S.
  • Language and race/ethnicity


  • Identity
  • Language policy
  • Socialization and education
  • Attitudes and ideologies


  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Intonation
  • Syntax

CEEEUS Current Members
Marishka Bolyanatz
Franny Brogan
Jhonni Carr
Armando Guerrero
Bryan Kirschen
Nancy Melendez-Ballesteros
Chase Wesley Raymond
Ian James Romain
Ana Sanchez-Muñoz
JyEun Son
Belen Villareal

Faculty Advisor
Claudia Parodi

Voices: CEEEUS’ Annual Journal

Voices consists of articles written on topics related to all aspects of the Spanish of the United States including linguistic contact, multilingualism, language and education, language politics and language maintenance, just to name a few. Intended as a way to publicize and disseminate the growing store of knowledge about the Spanish spoken in the US and related issues, this graduate student publication aims to bring more visibility to issues related to the Spanish of the United States and help to demonstrate that that Spanish spoken in this country is a legitimate linguistic variety and deserves further study.


Contact: Bryan Kirschen




Voices Volume 1