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Susana De Los Heros

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Swan Hall 107 - Office Hours: MWF 1:00-1:50, Wednesday 3:00-4:00, & by appointment
  • Phone: 401.874.4707
  • Email: sheros@uri.edu
  • Mailing Address: Swan Hall 107

Biography

Susana de los Heros is Professor of Hispanic Studies at URI.  She obtained her BA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and holds a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the director of the URI Summer Study Program in Salamanca, Spain (2017). Her main areas of interest are Spanish sociolinguistic and pragmatics. Prof. de los Heros has published extensively in these áreas, including her books Lengua, Identidad y Género en el Castellano Peruano (PUC, 2001), Utopía y realidad  (Vervuert 2012) and Fundamentos y modelos del estudio pragmático y socio-pragmático del español (GUP 2012, coedited with Mercedes Niño- Murcia). More recently she has published “Humor étnico y discriminación en ‘La paisana Jacinta’”, and “Household workers’ use of directives to negotiate their identity in the workplace in Lima, Peru.”  Currently she is doing research on the social and gender co-construction of identity, the negotiations of identity using humor and on the inclusion of humor as a content area in Spanish as an L2.

Research

Critical discourse analysis (CDA), sociolinguistics, pragmatics

Education

1997       Ph.D. program in Spanish, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Major concentration: Hispanic Sociolinguistics, Spanish Phonology, Semantics and Pragmatics. Minor concentration:  Spanish Applied Linguistics

1993    M.A. in Spanish, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

1988       B.A. in Letras y Ciencias Humanas con mención en Lengua y Literatura, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú

Publications

Books

  • Discurso, identidad y género en el castellano peruano ‘Discourse, identity and gender in Peruvian Spanish’. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2001.
  • UTOPIA y REALIDAD: el valor del estándar y la igualdad lingüística en el ámbito educativo peruano ‘UTOPIA AND REALITY: the value of the standard variety and linguistic equality in the Peruvian educational system’, VERVUERT, Spain/IEP (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Peru), 2012.
  • Modelos y fundamentos de la pragmática y sociolingüística hispánica, ‘Models and basic notions in Hispanic sociolinguistics and pragmatics’ (Coedited with Mercedes Niño-Murcia). Georgetown University Press, 2012.

Articles

  • “Exploring the functions of ‘ASÍ’ in Peruvian Spanish” in Sociolinguistic Change Across the Spanish-speaking World: Case Studies in Honor of Anna Maria Escobar, Talia Bugel and Kim Potowski (Eds.), Susana de los Heros and Margarita Jara. USA: Peter Lang, 2015.
  • “Humor étnico y discriminación en La paisana Jacinta”. Pragmática Sociocultural / Sociocultural Pragmatics. 4 (1), 74–107. 2016.
  • “Household workers’ use of directives to negotiate their identity in the workplace in Lima, Peru” In Identity Struggles. Evidence from Workplaces around the World. Stephanie Schnurr and Dorien Van De Mieroop (Eds.), John Benjamins, 413-431 (in press)
  • “La alternancia de lenguas en los diálogos de East High. Una forma de representación mediática con función afiliativa de la Latinidad” Patricia Giménez-Eguibar and Susana de los Heros In Roles situacionales, interculturalidad y multiculturalidad en encuentros en español Editorial Dunken, Domnita Dumutrescu y Diana Bravo, editoras. Stockholm/Buenos Aires: Editorial Dunken, 33-60 (in press).

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