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María Irene Moyna

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Areas of Speciality
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 302B
Personal Website


María Irene Moyna (Linguistics, University of Florida) is a Professor in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at Texas A&M University. Dr. Moyna is the author of Compound Words in Spanish: Theory and history (John Benjamins, 2011). She has also coedited three books: Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Linguistic Heritage, with Alejandra Balestra and Glenn Martínez (Arte Público Press, 2008); Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas, with Susana Rivera-Mills (John Benjamins, 2016), and It’s Not All About You: New Perspectives on Address Research, with Bettina Kluge (John Benjamins, 2019).

Her work has also appeared in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Hispania, Language and Communication, Journal of Historical Linguistics, Language and Literature, Languages, Latino Studies, Linguistics, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Romanische Forschungen, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Spanish in Context, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, among other venues. Dr. Moyna was Associate Editor for the 5th and 6th editions of the Chicago Spanish Dictionary (University of Chicago, 2002, 2012) and is a member of the editorial board of the book series Topics in Address Research (John Benjamins).  She is the recipient of several internal research and teaching grants, and in 2018 she was co-PI, with Gabriela Zapata and Leonardo Lombardini, of a Connections Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (AKA-260429-18, Growing the Heart of Texas).

Dr. Moyna teaches phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, dialectology, Spanish in the United States, and bilingualism, as well as grammar, translation, and Spanish for the professions. She is especially interested in developing offerings for heritage learners.

Research Interests

  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Language Change and Variation
  • Spanish in the United States