Giovani Lopez

Giovani  López López



Giovani López is a doctoral candidate in Spanish Linguistics.



Ph.D. in Romance Languages (Spanish). The University of Alabama. Expected, May 2019

Dissertation: The Social Indexicality of Forms of Address and Usted in Bogotá, Colombia

M.A. in Teaching of Languages (TESOL-Spanish). The University of Southern Mississippi. July 2005

B.A. in Philology and Languages (German). Universidad Nacional de colombia. April 2003


El significado social de las formas de tratamiento y usted: conceptualización y actitudes lingüísticas de los hablantes. I Coloquio de Cambio Lingüístico y Variación Lingüística. Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas. Centro de Lingüística Hispánica “Juan M. Lope Blanch.” Mexico City, Mexico. March 21-23, 2018.

The exclusion of vos from the Spanish as a foreign language classroom discourse: A Critical examination through the lens of the Language Management Theory. Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2017. Toronto, Canada. August 24-26, 2017.

La exclusión de vos de la clase de español como lengua extranjera: una mirada crítica desde la perspectiva de la teoría de Language Management. XVII Congreso Internacional ALFAL 2017. Bogotá, Colombia. July 24-28, 2017.

Indexing social and conversational alignment through Spanish forms of address and usted. (Poster Presentation) American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL). Portland, OR. March 18-21, 2017.

Forms of address in the Spanish as a foreign language classroom: Is vos an ignored form? University of Alabama Languages Conference. Tuscaloosa, AL. February 17-18, 2017.

Teaching culture through the socio-pragmatics of second person personal pronouns. Paper discussed in panel “Addressing the 5 Cs and global competence at the crossroads of pragmatic acquisition and culture integration.”  98th Annual AATSP Conference. Miami, FL. July 7-11, 2016.

The functions of code-switching in bilingual Spanish-English songs. Southeastern Conference on Linguistics – SECOL. New Orleans, LA. March 28-31, 2016.

Functions of code-switching found in Spanish-English songs. The University of Alabama Languages Conference. Tuscaloosa, AL, February 12-13, 2016.

Las formas de tratamiento en cartas del siglo XVI. 30th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities. University of West Georgia. Carollton, GA, October 8-10, 2015.

Diferencias dialectales en el uso de las formas de tratamiento: tú y usted en páginas de Facebook de dos equipos de fútbol de Bogotá. 4to. Encuentro Internacional de Español como Lengua Extranjera. Universidad Sergio Arboleda. Bogotá, Colombia.  August 18-20, 2015.

Factores sociolingüísticos que influyen en la adquisición y el mantenimiento del español por parte de los hablantes de herencia. Alabama Modern Language Conference. The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, AL, February 27-28, 2015.

Dialectal differences in the teaching of culture: The use of ‘tú’ and ‘usted’ by Bogota Youth on Facebook. Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers Annual Conference. Auburn University. Montgomery, AL, January 30-31, 2015.

Tú and Usted in Facebook messages from soccer fans of two teams of Bogotá. (Poster Presentation). Mississippi Foreign Language Association 2014 Conference. Louisville, MS, October 24-25, 2014.

A Challenge like no other. AMTESOL. Meridian, MS, January 2008.

 Invited Talk

“When to Use and Usted in Colombia.” Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. March 30, 2015.

Teaching Interests

Introductory Spanish courses: SP 101, 102 and 103

Intermediate Spaish courses: SP 201 and 202

Advanced Spanish courses: SP 353 Spanish Conversation, SP 356 Advanced Grammar and Composition

Research Interests

Spanish forms of address

Language Planning and Policy

Language Attitudes


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