• ​Position: Professor
  • Campus Address: Pearce Hall, Room 321
  • Phone: (989) 774-3804
  • Email: hurta1lm@cmich.edu
  • Courses: Dr. Hurtado teaches Spanish Language Courses, Spanish Phonetics, History of the Spanish Language, and Stylistics
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Spanish Phonetics and Syntax, Spanish in the US, History of Spanish Language

Degrees and Universities

Dr. Hurtado received her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Florida, her M.A in Hispanic Linguistics from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo (Bogotá, Colombia), and her B.A in Linguistics and Literature from the Universidad Distrital (Bogotá, Colombia).

Education, Teaching Career and Awards

She taught Spanish language, Applied Spanish for Latin American Business Environment, and Spanish Phonetics at the University of Florida, where she was awarded with the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, in 1999. Professor Hurtado started in CMU in 2001 and received the University Excellence in Teaching Award in May 2005. She has been the research advisor of students from the McNair Scholars Program and the Honors Program.

Publications

Articles

  • Hurtado, L. M., Ortega-Santos, I. (2019). On the use of uno in Colombian Spanish: the role of transitivity in the Spanish of Barranquilla. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 12(1), 35-64.
  • Torres Cruz, D. L., Hurtado, L. M. (2016). Mecanismos de control que determinan la identidad a través del lenguaje en un contexto escolar. Un estudio para la interacción social. (Control Mechanisms that Determine Identity Through Language in a School Environment. A study for Social Interaction). Cuadernos de Lingüística Hispánica 28, 19-40.
  • Hurtado, L. M., Gutierrez-Rivas, C. (2016). The versatility of the Spanish pronoun uno to express the speaker´s stance in relationship to the utterance, in the Spanish of Barranquilla, Colombia. Revista Forma y Función, 29 (1), 37-60.
  • Social Dynamics in the Expression of Impersonality in Bogotá: A linguistic change evident in three periods. Revista Lingüística y Literatura 69. (2016).
  • The Predominant Use of uno in Bogotá: A Strategy for Defocusing or for subjectification? Anuario de Letras 3 (2) (2015).
  • The Variable Expression of Impersonality in Colombian Spanish. Colombian Varieties of Spanish. Eds. Rafael Orozco and Richad File. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/ Vervuert, 2012. 141-168. Print.
  • Factors Influencing the L2 Acquisition of Spanish Vibrants. The Modern Language Journal 94. 1. (2010): 74-86.

 

Book review:

Rev. of Orozco, Rafael. Spanish in Colombia and New York City: Language Contact Meets Dialectal Convergence. John Benjamins, 2018. In: Hispania 102 (3), September 2019, pp. 446-448.

Research Areas

Dr. Hurtado works primarily in the discipline of variationist sociolinguistics supported by quantitative analysis. She specializes in the fields of Hispanic linguistics and Spanish L2 pronunciation and syntax acquisition. She has carried out field work in Colombia and Chile.