Ariana Mrak, Ph.D.

Ariana Mrak

Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: Leutze Hall 210
Tel : (910)-962-2310
Fax: (910) 962-7712

B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of

Ariana Mrak teaches courses in Spanish language and linguistics. Her areas of research are Heritage Language Education and Sociolinguistics. She specializes in the Spanish of the U.S. and is particularly interested in the teaching of Spanish to bilingual students. She studies the power struggle of the Spanish-speaking populations in the U.S. to retain and validate their variety of the language.

Recent Publications

Lexical transfer from English to Spanish: How do bilingual and monolingual communities compare? Southwest Journal of Linguistics 30, 1. 95-115. 2012

Heritage speakers and the standard: Fighting linguistic hegemony. Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. by Luis A. Ortiz-López, 161-168. Sommerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. 2011.

Empowering Spanish/English speakers in the Unites States: Reclaiming their Bilingualism. Readings in Language Studies, Volume 2. Language and Power, ed. by John Watzke, Miguel Mantero and Paul Reece-Miller, 23-37. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: International Society for Language Studies. 2010