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Languages and Cultures

Israel Sanz-Sánchez

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair July 2016-June 2017

Isreal Sanz-Sánchez

Israel Sanz-Sánchez

  • Associate Professor of Languages
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., San Diego State University
  • B.A., Universidad de Valladolid

Research Interests

  • Spanish linguistics
  • Historical Dialectology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish in the United States
  • Documentary Evidence of the Spanish Presence in the US Southwest
  • Language Ideologies

Courses Taught (only WCU listed)

Language Courses

  • SPA101 (Elementary Spanish, 1st semester)
  • SPA102 (Elementary Spanish, 2nd semester)
  • SPA201 (Intermediate Spanish, 1st semester)
  • SPA202 (Barcelona 2013) (Intermediate Spanish, 2nd semester)
  • SPA302 (Barcelona 2013) (Advanced Spanish Grammar and Conversation)

Linguistics and Culture Courses

  • LIN211 (Language Communities in the United States and Canada)
  • LIN/ENG230 (Introduction to Linguistics)
  • SPA365 (Spanish Phonetics)
  • SPA370 (History of the Spanish Language)
  • SPA557 (History of the Spanish Language - graduate)
  • ESP318 (Speaking Spanish in the United States)
  • ESP324 (Latin@s in the United States)

Literature Courses

  • SPA315 (Advanced Readings in Spanish)

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Recent Publications/Activities


  • Jerry R. Craddock. Palabra de rey: Selección de estudios sobre legislación alfonsina. Salamanca: Seminario de Estudios Medievales y Renacentistas, 2008. Co-editor and co-translator, with Heather Bamford. I.S.B.N. 978-84-934697-0-2

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Volumes

  • "Creatividad léxica en una jerga gay de la frontera México-Estados Unidos" Hispania 92.1 (2009): 142-54
  • "Juan Jaramillo's Relación: A philological reassessment of the historical approaches to a document of the Coronado expedition" New Mexico Historical Review 86.1 (2011): 21-81
  • "The genesis of Traditional New Mexican Spanish: The emergence of a unique dialect in the Americas". Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4.2 (2011): 417-442. Co-authored with Daniel Villa (New Mexico State U)
  • "Analogical imperfects and the fate of Iberian verbal morphology in Latin American Spanish." Southwest Journal of Linguistics 30.2 (2011): 55-99
  • "Diagnosing dialect contact as the cause for dialect change - Evidence from a palatal merger in colonial New Mexican Spanish". Diachronica 30.1 (2013): 61-94
  • "Variedades de español en contacto en el Nuevo México colonial." Forthcoming Romance Philology Fall 2013 volume
  • "Como dicen los americanos - Spanish in contact with English in territorial and early statehood New Mexico". Forthcoming Spanish in Context. Summer 2014.
  • "Morphological simplification in Latin American Spanish: the demise of -se and the triumph of -ra in the past subjunctive." Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders. ed. Laura Callahan (New York U), 161-82. New York: Palgrave, 2013.

Book Reviews (peer-reviewed)

  • Cifuentes, Bárbara. Lenguas para un pasado, huellas de una nación: los estudios sobre lenguas indígenas de México en el siglo XIX. Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, 2002. Dimensión Antropológica 30 (2004): 145-9
  • Garland, Bills, and Neddy Vigil. The Spanish Language of New Mexico and Southern Colorado: A Linguistic Atlas. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008. Romance Philology 63.2 (2009): 171-84
  • Cullinan, Danica, and Walt Wolfram. Spanish Voices: Spanish and English in the Southeastern United States. Raleigh: The North Carolina Language and Life Project, North Carolina State University, 2010. DVD. Hispania 95.4 (2012): 768-9
  • Eva Núñez Méndez. Fundamentos teóricos y prácticos de historia de la lengua española. Yale University Press, 2012. Forthcoming Hispania.

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