Welcome to the Spanish of California Lab at the University of California Riverside

From XIX century manuscripts to conversations with Siri, we seek to understand Spanish language in California. We are also interested in how social media shapes the communication in minoritized languages. Our approach is multidimensional: from Sociolinguistics, to History, to Cultural (hi)stories. Our goal is to recover and piece together the linguistic and cultural history of Alta California and contemporary California as well as other minoritized communities.


Upcoming Events:

The California Spanish Conference

The California Spanish Conference will take place Nov 16 and 17, 2023. It had been originally scheduled for the Spring of 2020, and obviously did not happen. It was rescheduled and cancelled in 2021 as well. We are very happy that we will finally have the opportunity of getting together, in person.

If you are interested in the conference, please visit the website:


and check our Libro de abstracts, California Spanish Conference for program and further details





If you want to join us, please click here. And if you want to know what we are up to in real time, follow us in social media




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