Elizabeth Zavala

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PhD Candidate in Hispanic Linguistics

Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Elizabeth Zavala was born in Bakersfield California and received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from New Mexico State University. She is now a doctoral student in Hispanic linguistics at the University of New Mexico. Her primary interests are research studies in the area of language contact, heritage speakers, code-switching, and bilingualism. Her secondary interests are morphology and syntax. This semester she is working as a TA at UNM teaching SHL classes for level II and III. Upon graduating from her PhD, her plans are to work at a university as an associate professor and possibly direct a heritage program. Elizabeth hopes to gain a lot of experience at this stage of her life so she can share her knowledge with others who are driven to learn!