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Dr. Rey Romero

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Rey Romero

Associate Professor of Spanish

Office: S1021

Dr. Rey Romero obtained B.A. degrees in French, Spanish, and Linguistics from Rice University. He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University. He has worked as an instructor of Spanish at Georgetown University, as a Lecturer of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Texas Pan-American, as a Visiting Assistant of Spanish Linguistics at Texas A&M University, and as a Visiting Instructor of Translation at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Houston. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he also directs the Translation minor.

Doctorate degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Spanish (Georgetown University, 2009)

  • SPAN 2311 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers I
  • SPAN 2312 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers II
  • SPAN 3301 - Spanish Grammar and Composition Online
  • SPAN 3322 - Translation
  • SPAN 4310 - Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 4320 - Medical Spanish
  • SPAN 4321 - Legal Spanish
  • SPAN 4390 - Special Topics on Spanish Linguistics

​Dr. Romero is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at UHD. He has a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics and his research focuses on Spanish for Special Purposes, Heritage Learners, bilingualism, and contact varieties of Spanish. He has conducted field work in Istanbul, the Prince Islands (Turkey), New York City, and Houston. His book Spanish in the Bosphorus (2012) is based on his research in Istanbul. He has been working as a legal and medical translator since 2001, and he received a certificate in Medical Interpreting from the Southern California School of Interpretation. He has utilized his experience and professional training in translation and interpretation to design the Translation, Medical Spanish, and Legal Spanish courses.

​Dr. Romero's main area of research is bilingualism, especially heritage varieties of Spanish in contact with other languages. His work on Judeo-Spanish in Istanbul, Turkey, has been published in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals, and he has been invited to present his research in several universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, the University of Montana, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas-Pan American. His current research focuses on the heritage languages spoken in Houston, and also on the current methodologies utilized in the Languages for Specific Purposes classroom. 

​Forthcoming. "Trabajar es en español, en ladino es lavorar": Lexical accommodation in Judeo-Spanish. In Sandro Sessarego and Francisco Tejedo (eds.) Spanish Language and Sociolinguistic Analysis. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Forthcoming. El judeoespañol. In Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.) Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica. London/New  York: Routledge.

Forthcoming. Dialect concentration and dissipation: Challenges to Judeo-Spanish revitalization efforts. In Bryan Kirschen (ed.) Judeo-Spanish and the Making of a Community. Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP

2014. Compensating for the loss of linguistic domains: Glosses in Judeo-Spanish texts. Chapter 3 in Rafael Orozo (ed.) New Directions in Hispanic Linguistics, 50-69. Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP

2013. Palatal east meets velar west: Dialect contact and phonological accommodation in Judeo-Spanish. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 6:2, 279-299.

2012. Spanish in the Bosphorus: A sociolinguistic study on the Judeo-Spanish dialect spoken in Istanbul. Istanbul: Libra

2011. Issues of Spanish language maintenance in the Prince Islands. Chapter 10 in Alejandro Cortazar and Rafael Orozco (eds.) Lenguaje, arte y revoluciones ayer y hoy: New Approaches to Hispanic Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Studies, 162-187. Newcastle upon Tyne: CSP

2011. Variation in Balkan Judeo-Spanish final clauses. Ianua, Revista Philologica Romanica, vol 11, 89-99.

2011. Mainland v. island: A comparative morphological study on Spanish-Turkish contact. In Jim Michnowicz and Robin Dodsworth (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, 50-56. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla

2010. A Greek transliteration of Judeo-Spanish: Notes on a poem from Trikala (1885). Ianua, Revista Philologica Romanica, vol. 10, 93-108.

2009. Lexical borrowing and gender assignment in Judeo-Spanish. Ianua, Revista Philologica Romanica, vol. 9, 23-35.

2008. Turkish word order and case in modern Judeo-Spanish spoken in Istanbul. In Maurice Westmoreland and Juan Antonio Thomas (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics, 157-161. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla

2009- Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Research Grant
2012-2014 - UHD Organized Research Grant
2013-2014 - UHD Faculty Development Grant
2014 - UHD Cultural Enrichment Center Grant
2014-2015 Center for Public Service and Family Strengths Community Engagement Mini Grant
2015 - Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Grant for Online Education
2015-2016 - UHD Faculty Development Grant



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