Luis F. Avilés González

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4317


  • M.A. Spanish, California State University, Fullerton (2015)
  • B.A. History (Honors), University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
  • B.A. Spanish, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)


I am interested in the contact of Indigenous languages (Huastecan Nahuatl) with Spanish. My research centers in the phonological and phonetic study of both languages in contact and their current manifestations. I attempt to analyze through different sociolinguistic lenses (language contact, language attitudes, bilingualism, historical linguistics, etc. I attempt to utilize mixed research methods to better understand the current situation of Nahuatl in Mexico.

Mi investigación se centra en el estudio fonético y fonológico del español en contacto con el nahuatl. Intento analizar diferentes aspectos sociolingüísticos como actitud de lenguas, bilingüismo, historia de la lengua, entre otros. Intento utilizar métodos mixtos para entender mejor la situación del Nahuatl en México hoy.


  • Avilés, Luis F. “Oraciones Interrogativas: teorías, movimientos y demostraciones” Babelia Vol. 3. Pp. 1-9. CSUF: Dept. Modern Languages & Literatures, 2014.


2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Texas Tech University
“The production of /u/ in Nahuatl Spanish Bilinguals” Oct. 26-27, 2017

2017 Friend of Uto Aztecan Conference
“Nahuatl-Spanish Bilingual Speakers Vowel Dispersion” Oct. 20, 2017
Summer 2017 Phonetics Laboratory Speaker Series, Yale University
“Nahuatl & Spanish Language Contact then and Now” July 13, 2017

9th Annual Conference in Literature, Culture & Language, CSUF
a) “La generacion del 98: ser humano y sociedad” March 11, 2015
b) “Case Study: Language Preservation and Attitudes, Second Generation Salvadorian Spanish” March 11, 2015

3rd Annual Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference, ASU Tempe
Presentation: Oraciones Interrogativas: Aproximación teórica ayer y hoy, March 28 & 29, 2014

8th Annual Conference in Literature, Culture & Language, CSUF
Presentation: Las Interrogativas: teorías, movimientos y demostraciones, March 27th, 2014

Chicano/Latino Heritage Month, Cal State Fullerton
Presentation: The Quest of Democracy in Mexico, Oct. 9, 2013

Honors Thesis Reception, UCLA
Presentation: The Quest of Democracy in México 1988-2012, May 9, 2013


Personal Interests

I enjoy reading and writing. I love teaching and working with youth. I had the chance to plan the graduate conference on 2016: Weapons of Social Justice: Reinvention through language, Literature & Culture with other colleagues in the department.

Currently, I am the project director of Yolotzonyo (Formerly known as Raza Youth Empowerment Project; RYEP). A program that builds consciousness in youth from underrepresented backgrounds, and provide them with the tools to educate, agitate and organize in their respective communities.

I will also host a Nahuatl speaking group on campus in order to practice the language and learn more about Nahuatl Culture. For more information, click the link here: