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Covadonga Lamar Prieto

Covadonga Lamar Prieto
Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of California at Riverside
Covadonga Lamar Prieto


Covadonga Lamar Prieto specializes in Sociolinguistics of the Spanish in the US. Her corpus-based research deals with Historical Spanish in California, with a focus on language change, dialectology and bilingualism. She is currently working on a book length project on the sociolinguistic situation of Spanish in Nineteenth-Century California. As she is also interested in the contemporary consequences of historical language contact, she leads two young projects, both UCR-funded: “Emotional Bilingualism” and “Siri and the Hispanounidenses”.

“Emotional Bilingualism” is a collaborative interdisciplinary project (Spanish/Psychology/Sociology/English) that examines how Spanish-speaking children from the Riverside community learn to verbalize negative emotions, especially when joining a school setting mostly in English. “Siri and Hispanounidenses” is a Digital Humanities project that seeks to understand how voice-recognition applications respond to different dialects of Spanish (Spain, Mexico, US). I analyze the impact on our understanding of US Spanish and its speakers of Siri’s interpretations.

Besides being a Linguist, Covadonga is a Colonialist. She specializes in Colonial Mexico and the cultural production of the first Criollos: how these Criollos defined their new transatlantic identity, and the way they used to examine their society through literature.