Covadonga Lamar Prieto

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Associate Professor
Office: HMNSS 2417A

Curriculum vitae


  • B.A. in Hispanic Philology, Universidad de Oviedo (Spain), 2002.
  • M. Ed. equivalent: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching: Spanish, U. de Oviedo (Spain), 2003
  • M.A. in Hispanic Philology, U. de Oviedo (Spain), 2004
  • Ph.D. in Philology, U. de Oviedo (Spain), 2007
  • Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California Los Angeles, 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, UNED, 2017
  • Ph.D. in History and Sociocultural Studies, U. de Oviedo (Spain), 2019


Covadonga Lamar Prieto specializes in Sociolinguistics of the Spanish in the US. Her corpus-based research deals with Historical Spanish in California, with a focus on language change, dialectology and bilingualism. Her book El español de California en el XIX (Iberoamericana) examines the sociolinguistic situation of Spanish in Nineteenth-Century California and the social, linguistic and economic situation of the Spanish speaking inhabitants of California after and before the Annexation to the US. As she is also interested in the contemporary consequences of historical language contact, she is the Co-Director with Prof. Judith F. Kroll (Dept. of Psychology) of the Bilingualism Matters chapter at UC Riverside. Follow BM@UCR on Instagram

She participates in two projects, both UCR-funded: “Emotional Bilingualism” and “Siri and the Hispanounidenses”. “Emotional Bilingualism” is a collaborative interdisciplinary project (Spanish/Psychology/Sociology/English) that examines how Spanish-speaking children from the Riverside community learn to verbalize negative emotions, especially when joining a school setting mostly in English. “Siri and Hispanounidenses” is a Digital Humanities project that seeks to understand how voice-recognition applications respond to different dialects of Spanish (Spain, Mexico, US). She analyzes the impact of Siri’s interpretations on our understanding of US Spanish and its speakers .

Besides being a Linguist, Covadonga is a Colonialist. She specializes in Colonial Mexico and the cultural production of the first Criollos: how these Criollos defined their new transatlantic identity, and the way they used to examine their society through literature.

She is the Director of the Spanish of California Lab (SOCALab) at UCR, where a group of graduate and undergraduate students explore Californio and Contemporary California Spanish with a approach that intersect traditional Philology with Digital Humanities. Follow SOCALab on Instagram!