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Dr. Ana Sanchez-Munoz

Research Interests

My research interests include language variation and change, bilingualism, language acquisition, and situations of language contact. In particular, I am interested in situations of contact between Spanish and English in the U.S. and in studying how Spanish is developed, used, and maintained by heritage speakers of Spanish in the U.S.

I have conducted research on language variation of linguistic registers in speakers of Spanish as a heritage and as a second language. I have also explored the characteristics of heritage learners of Spanish and investigating pedagogical approaches for the promotion and creation of language programs specifically designed for the needs of heritage learners.

Additionally, I have conducted research on various aspects affecting immigrant communities in Southern California and I have co-edited two books on this area: Learning English/Learning America: Voices of Latinos and Asian-Americans (2008) and Navigating the Great Recession: Immigrant Families' Stories of Resilience (2011)

 Current Research

I am currently interested in investigating the link between heritage language speakers and identity and its effect of heritage language instruction on linguistic confidence.

I am also researching the charateristics of the intergenerational transmission of Spanish as a Heritage Language among Latino families in the L.A. area. I am also interested in looking at the linguistic negotiations between Mexican-American speakers and Central-American speakers of Spanish.

My sabbatical research in the academic year 2013-2014 included the investigation of inter-dialectal contact amongst immigrant speakers of Spanish in different communities around the world; Namely, the contact of various Mexican, Central and South-American Spanish speakers in USA, Europe, and Latinamerica.


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