Damian Vergara Wilson

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Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Coordinator of Sabine Ulibarri Spanish as a Heritage Language Program

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of New Mexico, 2009

MA, University of New Mexico, 2003

BUS, University of New Mexico, 1999


Damián Vergara Wilson (Ph.D. University of New Mexico) is the coordinator of the Sabine Ulibarrí Spanish as a Heritage Language Program. His main areas of research and teaching are historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and sociology of language. One of his chief goals is to use these areas of study to support and inform the field of teaching of Spanish as a heritage language in the Southwest. A second goal is to advance research that examines the utility of usage-based theories of linguistic representation as accounting for language change and variation.  He also applies a combination of his expertise as an expert witness in federal court cases involving bilingual interactions with police that result in miscommunications and ambiguity. 

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology of language
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language change
  • Spanish as a Heritage Language
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Language and Law
  • Forensic Linguistics


Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

Room 417
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070