Israel Sanz-Sánchez

  • 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)

Recent Publications/Activities

Co-edited books

  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel, Susana Rivera-Mills, Regina Morin (eds.). 2017. Online Language Teaching Research: Pedagogical, Academic and Institutional Issues. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press/Trysting Tree Books. ISBN: 978-0-9996872-0-8
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel, and Heather Bamford (eds.). 2008. Jerry R. Craddock. Palabra de rey: Selección de estudios sobre legislación alfonsina. Salamanca: Seminario de Estudios Medievales y Renacentistas. ISBN: 978-84-934697-0-2

Scholarly editions

  • Kania, Sonia, Cynthia Kauffeld, and Israel Sanz-Sánchez (eds.). 2017. Text and Concordances of the Relación de la jornada de Cíbola, by Pedro Castañeda de Nájera (1596) (New York Public Library, MssCol 2570, no. 63). New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies. ISBN: 978-1-56954-157-9

Peer-reviewed papers and chapters

  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. (forthcoming). “Historical orthography and language contact.” In The Cambridge Handbook of Historical Orthography. Hanna Rutkowska and Marco Condorelli (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel, and Fernando Tejedo-Herrero. 2021 (forthcoming). “Adult language and dialect learning as simultaneous environmental triggers for language change.” In Spanish Socio-Historical Linguistics: Isolation and Contact. Whitney Chappel and Bridget Drinka (eds). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2019. “Documenting feature pools in language expansion situations: Sibilants in early colonial Latin American Spanish.” Transactions of the Philological Society 117:2: 199-233.
  • Morin, Regina, and Israel Sanz-Sánchez. 2017. “Conclusion: The Future of Online Language Teaching Research”. In Online Language Teaching Research: Pedagogical, Academic and Institutional Issues. Israel Sanz-Sánchez, Susana Rivera-Mills, and Regina Morin (eds.), 173-180. Corvallis, OR.: Oregon State University Press/Trysting Tree Books.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2016. “A diachronic perspective on Latin American verbal morphology: Reassessing the role of koineization” Diachronic Applications in Hispanic Linguistics. Eva Núñez-Méndez (ed.), 239-81. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2016. “Second person forms of address in New Mexican Spanish, 1687-1936.”, Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas. María Irene Moyna and Susana Rivera-Mills (ed.), 63-85.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2014. “Como dicen los americanos – Spanish in contact with English in territorial and early statehood New Mexico”. Spanish in Context 11.2: 221-42
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel, and Laura Verrekia. 2014. “Explicit critical language awareness: What are we really doing in our linguistics courses?”. International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest 33.2: 1-37.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2013. “Diagnosing dialect contact as the cause for dialect change – Evidence from a palatal merger in colonial New Mexican Spanish”. Diachronica 30.1: 61-94
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2013. “Variedades de español en contacto en el Nuevo México colonial.” Romance Philology 67: 317–68
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2013. “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. Laura Callahan (ed.), 161-82. New York: Palgrave.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2011. “Juan Jaramillo’s Relación: A philological reassessment of the historical approaches to a document of the Coronado expedition” New Mexico Historical Review 86.1: 21-81
  • Villa, Daniel, and Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2011. “The genesis of Traditional New Mexican Spanish: The emergence of a unique dialect in the Americas”. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4.2: 417-42.
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2011. “Analogical imperfects and the fate of Iberian verbal morphology in Latin American Spanish.” Southwest Journal of Linguistics 30.2: 55-99
  • Sanz-Sánchez, Israel. 2009. “Creatividad léxica en una jerga gay de la frontera México-Estados Unidos” Hispania 92.1: 142-54

Peer-reviewed book reviews

  • Schwegler, Armin, John McWhorter and Liane Ströbel, eds. The Iberian Challenge: Creole Languages Beyond the Plantation Setting. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2016 Hispania 101.1 (2018): 165–7.
  • Stolova, Natalya I. Cognitive Linguistics and Lexical Change: Motion Verbs from Latin to Romance. Amsterdam/Filadelfia: John Benjamins, 2015. Revista de Filología Hispánica 34.1 (2018): 430-5.
  • Avilés, Tania. Letras del desierto: Edición de un corpus epistolar para su estudio lingüístico. Región de Tarapacá, Chile, 1883-1937. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2016. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 3.2 (2017): 309-12.
  • Hess, Steven. Ramón Menéndez Pidal: The Practice and Philology in Twentieth Century Spain. Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2014. Hispania 99.2 (2016): 356-7.
  • Del Valle, José, ed. A Political History of Spanish: The Making of A Language. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Hispania 98.1 (2015): 175-7.
  • Eva Núñez Méndez. Fundamentos teóricos y prácticos de historia de la lengua española. Yale University Press, 2012. Hispania 97.3 (2014): 527-9.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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