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  Cecilia Montes-Alcala
Associate Professor

School of Modern Languages
cecilia.montesalcala@modlangs.gatech.edu

Ph.D., University of California - Santa Barbara, Hispanic Linguistics
Joined faculty in 2004


Research areas/interests
Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Languages in Contact, Applied Linguistics.


Honors  
Numerous "Thank a Teacher" Awards, program sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Grants
CIBER grants to develop and/or revamp different Business Spanish courses.

Georgia Tech Foundation grants to present papers in several international conferences and to participate in a CIBER faculty development summer seminar in Spain.

Ivan Allen College Incentives for Seeking Extramural Research Funding (ISERF) Grant.


Current and recent projects  
Linguistic Attitudes towards Varieties of Spanish

Gender Assignment in Loanwords

Spanish-English Code-Switching Online

Written Spanish-English Code-Switching


Recent and selected publications  
"Code-Switching in US Latino Literature: The Role of Biculturalism” in Language and Literature 24.3: 2015)

“iSwitch: Spanish-English Mixing in Computer-Mediated Communication” in Journal of Language Contact 9: 2015

“Español en el Sureste de EEUU: el papel de las actitudes lingüísticas en el mantenimiento o pérdida de la lengua,” co-authored with Lindsey Sweetnich in Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana 12.1: 2014

“El uso contextual del pronombre sujeto como factor predictivo de la influencia del inglés en el español en Nueva York,” co-authored with Naomi Lapidus Shin in Sociolinguistic Studies 8.1: 2014

“Writing on the border: English y español también” in Landscapes of Writing in Chicano Literature. Ed. Imelda Martín Junquera. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013