47th Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest

THEME: Linguistic Strategies of Social Justice: Contact, Contrast, and Convergence

The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) is a linguistics association in the United States whose purpose is the advancement of the scientific study of language. While many of our members study the languages of the southwestern United States, LASSO has an international focus; it draws its membership and includes linguistic scholarship from any language and any region in the world.


We welcome papers in all areas of linguistics, but we particularly encourage presentations on linguistic justice, raciolinguistics, languagelessness, ideologies of language standardization, nationalist language ideologies, language variation and contact, language policy, planning, linguistic attitudes, among other areas. Proposals for panels with multiple speakers are also welcome provided they fit within the 90-minute time frame of the concurrent sessions. We are also open for suggestions on workshops, especially those dealing with interdisciplinary topics. Papers may be presented in either English or Spanish. Please submit papers via EasyAbs from March 19, 2018 to June 1, 2018.



Mercedes Niño-Murcia

University of Iowa

Program Organizer
Michelle Ramos Pellicia

Venue Organizer
David Eddington



47th Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest


Thursday October 11th

10:30am -12:00pm Brunch  in Emerald Dining Hall


Opening Remarks for 47th Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest: Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia

Spruce Room

Reflection and Community Consciousness in Community-Based Learning: Creating Paths for Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice (I)

Spruce Room

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Introduction: Rachel Showstack

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Entrenamiento en pedagogías críticas para el servicio comunitario y la enseñanza del español

Claudia Holguín Mendoza

1:00pm – 1:30pm

Cultivating linguistic skills and connecting with the Hispanic community through service- learning

Laura Guglani

1:30pm - 1:45pm Break

Reflection and Community Consciousness in Community-Based Learning: Creating Paths for Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice (II)

Spruce Room

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Making Sense of the Interpreter Role in a Healthcare Service-Learning Program

Rachel Showstack


¿De arriba p’abajo o de abajo p’arriba?  Service-Learning and Grassroots Work:  Student Engagement in Community Research Projects

Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia


Moderator and Discussant: Adam Schwartz

3:15pm – 3:30pm Break

Applied Linguistics

Fir Room

Text/Corpus Linguistics

Pine Room

NARNiHS panel on historical sociolinguistics (I)

Spruce Room

Moderator: Laura Guglani

Moderator: David Eddington

Moderator: Israel Sanz-Sánchez – Jeremy King

3:30pm – 4:00pm

The Effects of Hegemonic Discourse on Counter-Hegemonic Efforts: A Case Study of a Two-Strand, Title-I Elementary School

Lauren Truman

Nominalized adverbs in Spanish: the intriguing case of detrás mío and its cohorts

David Eddington

Hypercorrection as a Sign of Linguistic and Socioeconomic Precariousness During the Chile’s Nitrate Era (1880-1930)

Tania Avilés

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Encouraging Engagement in Online Linguistics Courses

Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza

Swiping in English: When and how to use it

Jongbok Kim

Mark Davies

The Words They Brought with Them: The Lexis of the Early Spanish of New Mexico

Sonia Kania

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Unearthing an Archive: Documents from the Mexican City of Los Angeles (1836-1843)

Covadonga Lamar Prieto

5:45pm - 7:00pm Dinner in Emerald Dining Hall

7:00pm - 9:00pm  LASSO business meeting in Aspen Room (All members welcome!)

Friday, October 12th

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast in Emerald Dining Hall-South end

Phonology – Phonetics

Fir Room

Linguistic Ideologies

Pine Room

Code switching

Spruce Room

Moderator: Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia

Moderator: Rachel Showstack

Moderator: Katherine Christoffersen

8:30am – 9:00am

Lexical impacts of words’ history of occurrence in fast speech

Esther Brown

Earl Brown

William Raymond

Rich File-Muriel

Posiciones ideológicas y políticas adversas afectan la práctica de la enseñanza del español en los Estados Unidos

Lorena Gómez

La alternacia de código intra-oracional: una réplica del estudio de Poplack (1980) en el área metropolitana de Dallas

Noemy García Sánchez

9:00am – 9:30am

Ideologías lingüísticas en los manuales de enseñanza del español en Estados Unidos durante la primera mitad del siglo XX

Inés Vañó-García

Spanish in Northeast Indiana: An analysis of the Borrowing and Code-Switching Patterns of Bilinguals

Jens Clegg

9:30am – 10:15am Break


Fir Room

Spanish in the US

Pine Room

Syntax (I) and more

Spruce Room

Moderator: Inés Vañó-García

Moderator: Rachel Showstack

Moderator: Penglin Wang

10:15am – 10:45am

Pero final en el castellano andino: efectos de la entonación en su significado

María Daniela Narváez Burbano

Linguistic Terrorism in the Borderlands: The Role of the Language Educator

Katherine Christoffersen

Visibility parameter: An unusual class of adverbials

Aniko Csirmaz

Benjamin Slade

10:45am – 11:15am

Language Ideologies and Commodification in Cordobese Spanish

María Laura Lenardón

Heritage Speakers of Spanish in Oklahoma City:

An Examination of the Linguistic Landscape

Aaron Roggia

Syllable Templates and Noun Class Remnants

Ronald Schaefer

Francis Egbokhare

11:15am – 11:45am

Usos del pretérito perfecto simple y compuesto en el castellano andino ecuatoriano en la diáspora de Nueva York

Christian Puma

Counteracting languagelessness and linguistic racialization through linguistic landscaping

Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia

Old Turkic alma ‘apple’ and Arabic asmār ‘fruits’

Penglin Wang

11:45am – 12:15pm

Translanguaging: A documentation of how emergent bilinguals use translanguaging in their daily communication

Koyin Sung

Hsiao-Mei Tsai

I-Chiao Hung

A templatic treatment of temporal terms

Benjamin Slade

Aniko Csirmaz

12:15pm – 2:00pm Lunch. Note: Box lunches in Aspen Room. Eat in presentation rooms, or outside. Emerald Dining Hall not available.

Recent research on the NMCOSS (New Mexico-Colorado Spanish Survey)

Fir Room

Anthropological Linguistics

Pine Room

NARNiHS panel on historical sociolinguistics (II)

Spruce Room

Moderator: Damián Vergara-Wilson

Moderator: Hsiao-Mei Tsai

Moderator: Jeremy King - Israel Sanz-Sánchez

2:00pm – 2:30pm

A Language Contact Perspective on New Mexican Spanish Phonology

Esther Brown

La belleza tiene nombre: Language and the Construction of Feminine Beauty in the Spanish-speaking World

Eva Michelle Wheeler

Historical variation in Spanish sibilants – evidence from loanwords in a colonial Nahuatl corpus

Israel Sanz-Sánchez

2:30pm – 3:00pm

A prosodic-syntactic analysis of code-switching in New Mexico

Jonathan Steuck

Recuperando paisajes silenciados en las Sierras de Nuevo México

Len Nils Beké

Power and politeness in 18th century Spanish Louisiana business letters

Jeremy King

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Estas palabras están conmigo: The Spanish language of the San Luis Valley of Colorado

Damián Vergara-Wilson

Devin Jenkins

Restricted identities: Latinx threat discourses and anglo public space in New Orleans, LA.

Tom Lewis

Rethinking castellano derecho in light of Alfonsine Chancery documentation: A historical sociolinguistic approach

Donald Tuten

3:30pm – 3:45pm Break

Featured Panel:

The Tenure-Track Process

Advice for New or Soon-to-be Tenure Track Faculty

Fir Room

Heritage Languages

Pine Room

Historical Linguistics

Spruce Room

Moderator: Patricia McGregor-Mendoza

Moderator: Tanya L. Flores

Moderator: Donald Tuten

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Discurso e ideología en el desarrollo escritural: Una propuesta para los aprendientes de lengua heredada

Jeannette Sánchez-Naranjo

Anthroponymic perseverance of Spanish vestigial <x>

Maryann Parada

5:30pm - 6:30pm Plenary Address (in combined tree rooms): Mercedes Niño-Murcia University of Iowa –

The so called “mobility turn”: Toward a more fluid conception of multilingualism

6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner in Emerald Dining Hall-South end

Saturday, Oct. 13th

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast in Emerald Dining Hall

Sociolinguistics (II)

Fir Room

Language Acquisition

Pine Room

Discourse Analysis (I)

Spruce Room

Moderator: Jens Clegg

Moderator: Patricia McGregor-Mendoza

Moderator: Penglin Wang

8:30am – 9:00am

Nosotrxs también contamos... o la inclusividad en el lenguaje

Anissa Ortega-Díaz

Melvin González-Rivera

El uso del objeto directo anafórico por hablantes de herencia de portugués brasileño

Alexandre Alves-Santos

A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Spanish Past Narrations between the ACTFL OPI and OPIc

Gregory Thompson

Troy Cox

Alan Brown

9:00am – 9:30am

Stancetaking as an Act of Resistance

Nola Stephens-Hecker

Novella Long

Vickie Ellis

Characterizing speech production of bilingual hard of hearing children

Tanya Flores

Investigating Discourse Analysis and Legalese: A Critical Perspective

Wasiu Oyedokun

9:30am – 10:15am Break


Fir Room

Discourse Analysis (II)

Pine Room

Featured Panel: International Journal of the Linguistics of the Southwest

Spruce Room

Moderator: Alexandre Alves-Santos

Moderator: Michelle Ramos Pellicia

Moderators: Jeremy King and Jill Brody

10:15am – 10:45am

Anteposición del sujeto en oraciones exclamativas: datos del español puertorriqueño

Melvin González-Rivera

Making the “Internationalized” University Student: Language Ideologies and Racialization on a US Campus

Jason Sarkozi-Forfinski

Adam Schwartz

A: Publishing in IJLASSO

B: Open forum on future directions for IJLASSO

10:45am – 11:15am

No encontrábamos ya: Null Objects in Peruvian Amazonian Spanish

Haley Patterson

Evelyn Fernández

Rosa Vallejos

On the ideological debates and sexist language practices in Spanish: the case of the word “transgénero”

Susana de los Heros

11:15am – 11:45am

Periphrastic antipassives in Chontal Mayan

Brad Montgomery-Anderson

‘Without English they are strangers’: Representations of Limited English Proficiency and National Identity in United States Congressional Discourse.

Emily Williams

12:00pm - 1:00pm Presidential Address (in combined tree rooms) – Patricia Gubitosi - The linguistic landscape of Spanish and Portuguese communities in Massachusetts.

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch in Emerald Dining Hall

2:00pm - Post conference outdoor activities


Register here.
Remember that all participants must be members of LASSO. Membership dues and conference fees may be paid on this site.


  • The conference will take place in the Wasatch mountains at Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon, an hour (57 miles) from the Salt Lake City airport.
  • Given the secluded location we suggest renting a car or teaming up with another attendee for transportation. No shuttles between Aspen Grove and Provo-Orem are available. A car also makes after conference activities easier.
  • Limited rustic mountain cabin lodging is available at Aspen Grove. Call 801-225-9554 to reserve your cabin.
  • Lodging is also available in Provo and Orem, 25-30 minutes from Aspen Grove. Make your reservations early since the conference falls on the same day as a home football game. No hotel rooms have been reserved for the conference.
  • Most meals will be provided at Aspen Grove. Please advise of special dietary needs in advance.
  • Aspen Grove is a non-smoking facility. Coffee and tea are available in Provo-Orem hotels, as well as at Sundance (5 minutes from Aspen Grove), but not at Aspen Grove.
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    The conference ends Saturday afternoon to give you time to participate in local activities. Please make your own reservations in advance, where needed.
    Stewart Falls, 1.3 mile hike from Aspen Grove
    Bridal Veil Falls, 7.3 mile drive from Aspen Grove. Hike to top of falls an option.
    Timpanogos Cave, 10 miles drive, then steep hike to cave. Reservation needed.
    Sundance Zip Tour, 1.3 miles from Aspen Grove. Reservation needed.
    Cascade Springs, 4.6 miles from Aspen Grove.
    Park City bobsled, zipline, coaster, slide, 37 miles from Aspen Grove.