Brandon J. Martínez

PhD Student, Hispanic Linguistics - University of Arizona

MA Linguistics - University of New Mexico

BA Linguistics & Languages - University of New Mexico

Personal Background

I was born and raised in Grants, New Mexico, a small mining & ranching town located in Cíbola County, nestled between Mt. Taylor, the malpaís lava flows, and the Zuni Mountains. Like most of New Mexico, Cíbola has a rich history of cultural interaction, with long-standing inhabitance by several Native American tribes and later waves of colonization and occupation by hispanos and Anglo-Americans. Although not transparent to me when I was younger, as an adult, having grown up a nuevomexicano has caused me to develop a deep respect and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity. Furthermore, reclaiming Spanish as my heritage tongue has helped to develop my identity as a US Latino, and to pride myself on both my mestizo and Anglo-American roots.

Academic Background

I hold a BA in Linguistics & Languages (Spanish, Mandarin) and an MA in Linguistics, both from the University of New Mexico. During my time at UNM, my research focused heavily on usage-based theory, sociolinguistics, and Traditional New Mexican Spanish, culminating in an MA thesis relating to /s/ reduction in TNMS as spoken in Cíbola County. My time at UNM also allowed me the opportunity to teach several introductory-level Spanish courses, and to study abroad in both Ecuador and China.

As a linguist, my theoretical orientation is grounded in usage-based, variationist, and translanguaging theories. Some specific research interests include sociophonetics, linguistic identity, ethnology, and bi/multilingualism, with a geographic focus on the US Borderlands.

Beginning in the Fall of 2022, I am pleased to announce that I will be attending the University of Arizona to pursue a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. In the meantime, my current intellectual pursuits include transcribing interviews from the New Mexico-Colorado Spanish Survey, as well as researching the culture, history, & languages of New Mexico. My intention is to in the near future collect a sociolinguistic and translanguaging corpus of Cíbola speech as spoken today, to be used to further scholarship of the region.

Curriculum Vitae

Martínez CV - Website.pdf