Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Foreign Languages & LiteraturesAffiliated Departments
CUNY Graduate Center
ProfileThis section was last updated on March 9, 2014.
Laura Callahan is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The City College and Graduate Center, CUNY. She has also taught at San José State University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Michigan State University. Her publications include work on language attitudes, intercultural communication, codeswitching, and heritage language maintenance. Her administrative experience includes a year as Acting Chairperson of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures at CCNY, during which time she supervised 60 faculty members and worked closely with the College administration to ensure continued excellence under a new CUNY-wide curriculum. She is currently co-organizer of the 25th Conference on Spanish in the United States/ 10th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, to be held at The City College in Spring 2015.
This section was last updated on July 29, 2013.
Endangered and Heritage Languages: Issues in Maintenance and Revitalization (CCNY)
English as a Second Language (Century School of Languages)
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (U.C. Berkeley, CCNY)
Introduction to Spanish Phonology (CUNY Graduate Center)
Language and Identity (CUNY Graduate Center)
Language and Intercultural Communication (CUNY Graduate Center)
Language and Linguistics: Introduction to the Scientific Study of Language (U.C. Berkeley)
Linguistic and Cultural Issues in Teaching Spanish (CCNY, CUNY Graduate Center)
Linguistic Approaches to Literature (CCNY)
Spanish Advanced Grammar (CCNY)
Spanish as a Foreign Language (SJSU, San José Metropolitan Adult Ed. Program, Mission & Ohlone Colleges, U.C. Berkeley, MSU, CCNY)
Spanish Composition (CCNY)
Spanish Conversation (U.C. Berkeley)
Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics (CCNY)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers (U.C. Berkeley)
Spanish in Contact in the U.S. (CCNY)
Spanish in Contact Worldwide (CCNY)
Spanish Morphology and Syntax (MSU, CCNY)
Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (MSU, CCNY)
This section was last updated on March 9, 2014.
Professor Callahan's research has focused on codeswitching, language attitudes, communication between native and non-native speakers of Spanish, and heritage language maintenance. Recent presentation venues include: the 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS6), Multilingual 2.0?, the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) Research Forum 2012, the 1st International Pragmatics Conference of the Americas/ 5th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics, the 24th Conference on Spanish in the United States/ 9th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages,the 19th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization, the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, and the Fall 2013 Faculty Lecture Series in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at CCNY. Upcoming colloquia include a book presentation for Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders at the University of California, Berkeley, and a paper presentation at the conference Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, and Future.
This section was last updated on March 7, 2014.
Single-authored booksSpanish and English in U.S. Service Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan. 2009.
Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus. John Benjamins. 2004.
Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming March 2014.
The Importance of Being Earnest: Mock Spanish, Mass Media, and the Implications for Language Learners. Spanish in Context. Forthcoming July 2014, 11-2:
Requests for Money on Public Transportation: Saving Face for Speaker and Hearers. Prisma Social. 2013, 10: 361-393.
Workplace Requests in Spanish and English: A Case Study of Email Communication between Two Supervisors and a Subordinate. Southwest Journal of Linguistics. 2011 (released summer 2012) 30-1: 27-56.
Asking for a Letter of Recommendation in Spanish and English: A Pilot Study of Face Strategies. Hispania. 2011, 94-1: 171-183.
Speaking with (Dis)Respect: A Study of Reactions to Mock Spanish. Language and Intercultural Communication. 2010, 10-4: 299-317.
U.S. Latinos' Use of Written Spanish: Realities and Aspirations. Heritage Language Journal. 2010, 7-1: 1-27.
Accommodation to Outgroup Members' Use of an Ingroup Language: A Comparison of Service Encounters In Person and Over the Telephone. International Multilingual Research Journal. 2009, 3: 1-15.
El uso del acento ortográfico en el español de los Estados Unidos, América Latina, y España: Normas periodísticas. Itinerarios: Revista de estudios lingüísticos, literarios, históricos y antropológicos. 2008, 7: 187-198.
Spanish/English Codeswitching in Service Encounters: Accommodation to the Customer's Language Choice and Perceived Linguistic Affiliation. Southwest Journal of Linguistics. 2007, 26-1: 15-38.
Student Perceptions of Native and Non-Native Speaker Language Instructors: A Comparison of ESL and Spanish. Sintagma. Revista de Lingüística. 2006, 18: 19-49.
English or Spanish?! Language Accommodation in Urban Service Encounters. Intercultural Pragmatics. 2006, 3-1: 29-53.
'Talking Both Languages': 20 Perspectives on the Use of Spanish and English Inside and Outside the Workplace. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 2005, 26-4: 275-295.
The Role of Register in Spanish-English Codeswitching in Prose. The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe. 2004, 27-1: 12-25.
Native Speakers' Attitudes Toward the Public Use of Spanish by Non-Native Speakers: From George W. to J. Lo. Southwest Journal of Linguistics. 2004, 23-1: 1-28.
Codeswitching in Antonio Muñoz Molina's Carlota Fainberg: Determiner Gender and Noun Phrase Status. Sintagma. Revista de Lingüística. 2002, 14: 21-37.
The Matrix Language Frame Model and Spanish/English Codeswitching in Fiction. Language & Communication. 2002, 22-1: 1-16.
Metalinguistic References in a Spanish/English Corpus. Hispania. 2001, 84-3: 417-427.
Forms of Address in the Popular Press: A Comparison of Spain, Mexico and the United States. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics. 2000, 25: 53-72.
Article in conference proceedings
Pre-imposition vs. In Situ Negotiation of Group and Individual Identities. Critical Multilingualism Studies. 2012, 1-1: 57-73.
Los latinos de los Estados Unidos y el uso del español escrito: Realidades y aspiraciones. (Translation and revision of: L.Callahan. U.S. Latinos' use of written Spanish: Realities and aspirations. Heritage Language Journal. 2010, 7-1: 1-27). In El español en los Estados Unidos: E pluribus unum? Enfoques multidisciplinarios. Domnita Dumitrescu, ed. New York: Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE). 307-338. 2013.
Facework in Female to Female Service Encounters between Native and Non-Native Speakers of Spanish in the U.S. In Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders. Laura Callahan, ed. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming March 2014.
Introduction. In Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders. Laura Callahan, ed. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming March 2014.
Translation of a book
Translated from the Spanish. Menéndez de Avilés and La Florida. Chronicles of His Expeditions (Menéndez de Avilés y la Florida: crónicas de sus expediciones. Edwin Mellen Press 2006). 407 pages. Edition, notes, and introduction by Juan Carlos Mercado. Edwin Mellen Press. 2010.
Selected book reviews
The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication. Christina Bratt Paulston, Scott F. Kiesling, and Elizabeth S. Rangel, eds. 2012. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Linguist List. Vol. 23-4797. 17 November 2012.
Negotiating Solidarity: A Social-Linguistic Approach to Job Interviews. Caroline Lipovsky. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Linguist List. Vol. 22-2871. 13 July 2011.
Multidisciplinary Approaches to Code Switching. Ludmila Isurin, Donald Winford, and Kees de Bot, eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Modern Language Journal. 2011, 95-2: 322-323.
Historical (Im)politeness. Jonathan Culpeper and Dániel Z. Kádár, eds. Bern: Peter Lang. Linguist List. Vol. 21-2964. 17 July 2010.
Actos de habla y cortesía en español. María E. Placencia and Diana Bravo, eds. 2009. Munich: LINCOM Europa. Linguist List. Vol. 21-415. 26 January 2010.
Second Language Identities. David Block. 2009. London: Continuum. Linguist List. Vol. 20-2672. 3 August 2009.
La lengua que heredamos: Curso de español para bilingües. 6th ed. Sarah Marqués. 2009. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley; ¡Sí se puede! Un curso transicional para hispanohablantes. María Carreira and Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, 2008. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (Double review) Modern Language Journal. 2009, 93: 465-467.
Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging. Donna M. Brinton, Olga Kagan and Susan Bauckus, eds. 2007. London: Routledge. Linguist List. Vol. 19-3345. 3 November 2008.
Developing Contrastive Pragmatics: Interlanguage and Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Martin Pütz and JoAnne Neff-van Aertselaer, eds. 2008. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Linguist List. Vol. 19-2773. 11 September 2008.
Healthcare Interpreting. Franz Pöchhacker and Miriam Shlesinger, eds. 2007. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Linguist List. Vol. 19-115. 10 January 2008.
Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings. Scott F. Kiesling and Christina Bratt Paulston, eds. 2005. London: Blackwell. Linguist List. Vol. 16-2192. 17 July 2005.
The Language, Ethnicity and Race Reader. Roxy Harris and Ben Rampton, eds. 2003. London: Routledge. Linguist List. Vol. 16-24. 10 January 2005.
Spanish/English Contrasts: A Course in Spanish Linguistics. 2nd ed. M. Stanley Whitley. 2002. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. Hispania. 2004, 87-3: 505-506.
Critical Pedagogy. Political Approaches to Language and Intercultural Communication. Alison Phipps and Manuela Guilherme, eds. 2004. Clevedon, U.K.: Multilingual Matters. Linguist List. Vol. 15-1718. 4 June 2004.
At War with Words. Mirjana N. Dedaic and Daniel N. Nelson, eds. 2003. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Linguist List. Vol. 15-655. 21 February 2004.
Estudios de Lingüística, 15. Susana Pastor Cesteros and Ventura Salazar García, eds. 2001. Alicante: Universidad de Alicante. Hispania. 2003, 86-1: 73-75.
Dynamics of Language Contact: English and Immigrant Languages. Michael Clyne. 2003. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Linguist List. Vol. 14-2490. 19 September 2003.
Gente de Cervantes: Historia humana del idioma español. Juan Ramón Lodares. 2001. Madrid: Taurus. Críticas. 2002, 2-4: 46.
Code-Switching in Conversation: Language, Interaction and Identity. Peter Auer, ed. 1999. New York: Routledge. Linguist List. Vol. 12-1872. 22 July 2001.
Research on Spanish in the United States: Linguistic Issues and Challenges. Ana Roca, ed. 2000. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. Linguist List. Vol. 12-1391. 21 May 2001.
At War with Diversity: US Language Policy in an Age of Anxiety. James Crawford. 2000. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. Linguist List. Vol. 11-2711. 14 December 2000.
This section was last updated on October 8, 2013.
Service to the department, college, and university (selected)
Acting Chairperson, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Spring-Fall 2011.
Co-Deputy Chairperson, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2013-present
Deputy Chairperson, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2009-Fall 2010; Spring 2012.
Organizer, CCNY lecture series Cultural and Ethical Issues in Language and Communication: Fall
Executive Committee, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2006-Spring 2012; Fall
Graduate Studies Committee, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2013-present
Curriculum Committee, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2013-present
Secretary, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2006-Fall 2010; Spring 2012; Fall
Junior Faculty Mentor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2013-present
Undergraduate Advisor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures: Fall 2003-present
CCNY Faculty Senate: December 2008-May 2012.
CCNY CLAS Committee on Course and Standing: Spring 2007-Spring 2012. Fall 2013-present
CCNY On-Campus Fulbright Committee: Fall 2011.
CCNY Working Group on International Engagement: Spring 2011.
CCNY Pre-screening Committee, Einsteins in the City Conference: Fall 2007, Spring 2011.
CCNY Coordinator of Foreign Language Qualifying Exam: Fall 2006-Fall 2010.
Curriculum Committee, Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages:
CUNY Committee on Academic Technology: Spring 2011.
CUNY Council for Foreign Languages: Spring 2004-Spring 2006.
Service to the profession (selected)
Invited peer reviewer, journal articles
Foreign Language Annals.
Itinerarios: Revista de estudios lingüísticos, literarios, históricos y antropológicos.
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
Journal of Pragmatics.
Language, Culture and Curriculum.
Language and Intercultural Communication.
MELUS: Journal of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.
Southwest Journal of Linguistics.
Spanish in Context.
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.
Invited peer reviewer, book chapters
Actas del XXV congreso internacional de la Asociación española de Lingüística Aplicada (AESLA).
New Directions in Hispanic Linguistics.
Pragmatic Variation in First and Second Language Contexts: Methodological Issues.
Proceedings for the 2010 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium.
Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics.
Selected Proceedings for the 2011 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium.
Spanish as a Heritage Language in the US: State of the Science.
Professional development (selected)
ACTFL Modified Oral Proficiency Interview Assessment Workshop. Stanford Language Center. May
Certificate, Translation Studies, National Hispanic University (San José, California). 1992-1993.