Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Languages, Literatures & Cultures


Humanities 228

PhD University of Texas at Austin

Patrick Lawrence


My research focuses on the morphosyntactic changes in U.S. Spanish as well how language ideologies inform linguistic prejudices against Latine communities among other sociolinguistic issues. In particular, I examine the linguistic and affective consequences of language shift to English among Mexican-Americans in Austin, TX. In addition to providing quantitative evidence of language shift, I use my data to humanize the problem to examine how Latine Austinites have been personally affected, thereby centering those whose voices should be the main focus of language shift studies; such voices are conspicuously absent in previous work.