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Salvatore James Callesano

Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese


I am an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I hold a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as well as a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. My research focuses on linguistic production and perception in U.S. Latinx communities, more specifically in Miami, FL. My work is interdisciplinary, connecting sociolinguistics, bilingualism, social psychology, and community formation/maintenance.

As a researcher and educator I am dedicated to making linguistic research accessible to the public, especially to the communities that often serve as the subjects of analyses. I have been fortunate to interview with public radio and local and national news outlets with the hope of reframing academic scholarship for public audiences.

During my time as a graduate student, I was a competitive club gymnast with Texas Gymnastics - hook 'em \m/ - and now I train with Flippin Illini! I am a strong advocate for scholar-athletes and I believe in the benefits that athletics can serve academics and vice-versa. 


Research Interests

language in U.S. Latinx communities, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, Spanish in the U.S., perceptual dialectology, linguistic percpetion and ideology, social media


Ph.D. Hispanic Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2020

Graduate Portfolio in Mexican American & Latina/o Studies, 2020

M.A. Linguistics, Florida International University, 2015

B.A.  Spanish & Linguistics, New York University, 2013

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Assistant Professor, Linguistics
Assistant Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Assistant Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Recent Publications

Callesano, S. (2023). Mediated Bricolage and the Sociolinguistic Co-Construction of No Sabo Kids. Languages, 8(3), Article 206.

Callesano, S., & Carter, P. M. (2023). Unidirectional language bias: The Implicit Association Test with Spanish and English in Miami. International Journal of Bilingualism, 27(6), 960-977.

Callesano, S., & Carter, P. M. (2019). Latinx perceptions of Spanish in Miami: Dialect variation, personality attributes and language use. Language and Communication, 67, 84-98.

Callesano, S. (2019). Review: A. M. Cestero Mancera, I. Molina Martos & F. Paredes García's (eds.) Patrones sociolingüísticos de Madrid. Spanish in Context, 16(2), 292-297.

Carter, P. M., & Callesano, S. (2018). The social meaning of Spanish in Miami: Dialect perceptions and implications for socioeconomic class, income, and employment. Latino Studies, 16(1), 65-90.

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