A sociolinguist specializing in Mexican Spanish and Spanish as a heritage language, Dr. Guerrero’s research agenda explores Spanish language variation in the United States. He focuses on studying how social identities and cultural practices are constructed through linguistic interaction among the Mexican diaspora, with a primary interest in the ethnolinguistic repertoire of heritage speakers. His methodological approach is interdisciplinary, encompassing tools in sociolinguistics, anthropology, and sociology.
He is a Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics and Co-Director of Language Programs in the department, where he teaches advanced Spanish composition and topics in Spanish linguistics.
- Ph.D., UCLA
- M.A., UCLA
- Visiting Scholar, El Colegio de México
- B.A., UC, Santa Barbara
- Heritage Speakers of Spanish
- Spanish in the United States
- Language, Identity, and Society
- Language Ideologies
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Language Variation and Change
Invited Lecturer & Co-Organizer, “Teaching into Action: La enseñanza comunicativa para docentes de lenguas extranjeras.” Institución Tecnológica Colegio Mayor Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia. June 13–14, 2016.
“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.
“¿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.
Guerrero, A., Jr. & Parodi C. (Forthcoming). The Los Angeles Vernacular Spanish Speech Community in Boyle Heights. In International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest.
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.
Contribution to Edited Volume
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. (2015). Spanish in the USA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Language in Society (44), 121-131. (by Janet M. Fuller)
Guerrero, A., Jr. (2013). Recognizing U.S. Spanish. Language Magazine.
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.