• ​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.


Recent articles have appeared in The Modern Language Journal and Hispania:

Factors Influencing the L2 Acquisition of Spanish Vibrants. The Modern Language Journal 94, 1. March 2010.

Linguistic and Contextual influences in the correct use of verbs in Spanish L2 advanced writing. Hispania 92, 2. May 2009.

The expression of impersonality in Chilean Spanish (La expresión de impersonalidad en el español de Chile). Cuadernos de Linguística Hispánica 13. 2009: 31-42.

Research Areas

Dr. Hurtado works primarily in the fields of Spanish language variation and Spanish L2 pronunciation and syntax acquisition. She has carried out field work in Colombia and Chile, and research in Spain. Her current research project deals with the expression of impersonality in Colombian Spanish. The first results of this work will be published as part of a specialized book on Colombian Spanish, Linguistic Studies in Colombian Varieties of Spanish.