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About Andrew Lynch

The linguistic and social aspects of Spanish in the United States have been the topic of compelling cultural and political debates in recent years. These debates have attempted response to such popular questions as: What is ‘Spanglish’, who speaks it, and why?; How much and how well do US-born Hispanics/ Latinos speak Spanish and English?; What is involved in learning and using Spanish in the US setting? Is there such thing as ‘United States Spanish’?; In what ways do political and ideological factors serve to shape the Spanish language in the US?; Is Spanish becoming the predominant language in some parts of the country such as South Florida?. These are the sorts of questions that over the past decade have driven my research. On this website you may access several of my publications related to some of these issues and, under Links, hear some of my observations and opinions. The philosophical basis of my thinking is that language, society, and identity are inextricably bound up together in human existence. To understand the nature of language, one must look to social conditions. Conversely, to understand society, one must contemplate the structures and forms of language.

Positions

Present Director of Spanish Heritage Language Program, University of Miami
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Present Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Miami
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Present Editor in Chief, Heritage Language Journal
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Curriculum Vitae




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Contact Information

University of Miami
Department of Modern Langs. & Lits.
PO Box 248093
Coral Gables, FL 33124

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Spanish in the US (12)

Spanish as a Heritage Language / Second Language (9)

Spanish Language Contact (2)

Heritage/ Community Language Research (2)