Armando Guerrero Jr.

A photo of Armando Guerrero Jr.
E-mail: armando.guerrero@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4329

A Spanish sociolinguist and Director of Language Programs, Dr. Guerrero facilitates the department’s practicum seminar on language pedagogy, as well as workshops on Spanish heritage language speakers. He supervises our language instructors teaching classes in Spanish and/or Portuguese; responsible for maintaining consistency across the curriculum.

His research explores Spanish language variation in the United States, investigating how social identities and cultural practices are developed and subsequently negotiated in linguistic interaction. As a Latinx Spanish/English bilingual speaker, Armando has a special interest in the ethnolinguistic repertoire of heritage language speakers who navigate landscapes influenced by unique ideological structures.

Education

  • Ph.D., UCLA
  • M.A., UCLA
  • Visiting Scholar, El Colegio de México
  • B.A., UC, Santa Barbara

Research

  • Heritage Speakers of Spanish
  • Spanish in the United States
  • Language, Identity, and Society
  • Language Ideologies
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Language Variation and Change

Presentations

Workshops

  • Invited Speaker, “Stereotypes & Microaggressions: Language Ideologies Workshop.” Racial Injustice in LATAM, a Black and Brown Journey. HOLA and Black Googler Network, Google. October 16, 2020.
  • Invited Lecturer & Co-Organizer, “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, 2015.

Conferences

  • “La diáspora mexicana: El español vernáculo de Los Ángeles en la Ciudad de México.” Jornadas internacionales en memoria de Claudia Parodi. Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico. May 25–26, 2017.
  • “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, 2015.
  • “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, 2015.
  • “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, 2014.
  • “Una Lengua, dos comunidades de habla: el español de Los Ángeles (with Claudia Parodi).” 7th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS7), Madison, Wisconsin. April 3–5, 2014.
  • “The Inherited Past in Present Day Spanish: The Case for LA Spanish.” Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Lubbock, Texas. February 21–22, 2014.
  • “The Spanish of Los Angeles: Lexical Hybridity.” 24th Spanish in the United States & 9th Spanish in Contact Conferences (SiUS), McAllen, Texas. March 6–9, 2013.
  • “Los Angeles Spanish Vernacular: The Lexical Hybridity of U.S. Spanish.” Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Boston, Massachusetts. January 4–6, 2013.
  • “Stigmatized Dialects: Experiences of Speakers of non-Prestige Spanish.” 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS6), Tucson, Arizona. April 12–14, 2012.

Campus Talks

  • “¿Is Our Spanish Really That Shady?.” Why Spanish Matters III: 50 Shades of Spanish. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles. May 16, 2013.
  • “Experiences of Speakers of non-Prestige Spanish in Los Angeles’ Public Schools.” 3rd Annual Public Conference: Multilingualism in Institutional Contexts. Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. November 2–3, 2012.
  • “The Power of the Powerless: Diglossia within Spanish-Speaking Communities.” Power, Resistencia & Transformação. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles. May 17–18, 2012.
  • “You Speak Good English for Being Mexican” East Los Angeles Chicano English: Language & Identity. Why Spanish Matters II: Bilingualism and Beyond. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles. April 26, 2012.
  • “Myths and Realities about Bilingual Speakers in the U.S.”, with Jhonni R. Carr. Protecting Identity and Diversity: Language and Cultural Rights. Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Santa Barbara. February 23, 2012.

Publications

  • Parodi, C. & Guerrero, A., Jr. (2016). 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 Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Guerrero, A., Jr. (2014). “You Speak Good English for Being Mexican”, East Los Angeles Chicano English: Language & Identity. In Voices II, 2(1), 53-62.
  • Guerrero, A., Jr. (2013). Recognizing U.S. Spanish. Language Magazine.

Book Reviews

  • Guerrero, A., Jr. (2015). Spanish in the USA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Language in Society (44), 121-131. (by Janet M. Fuller)

Unpublished manuscripts

  • Guerrero, A., Jr. (Submitted). Heritage Spanish speakers and the linguistic negotiation of mexicanidad in Mexico City.
  • Guerrero, A., Jr. (In preparation). A speech community of heritage speakers: Rural and popular Spanish among college-educated Spanish speakers.