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Luis F. Avilés González


Luis is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in the Linguistics program. His area of research is variationist sociolinguistics, Heritage Languages, and Phonetics/Phonology. Additionally, He is a First-Gen graduate student from the San Ysidro-Tijuana borderlands. He joined UT Austin after completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA in Spanish and History, and an M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture from CSUF. 

As a graduate student at UT Austin, Luis has served in the departmental student organization (GSO) as the Linguistics track representative and President. Moreover, he also aided in the maintenance and development of the Heritage Spanish open educational website under COERLL. 

Currently, his line of research focuses on the production variation of the discourse marker pues among Mexican migrant and heritage communities in southern San Diego County, California. Additional works have explored variation in Mexican Spanish, perceptual attitudes of Heritage Speakers in Texas, and research around linguistic attitudes on Social Media (Twitter and TikTok). 



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