Ricardo Otheguy
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8506
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The City University of New York
Research Interests: sociolinguistics, language contact, functional linguistics
Ricardo Otheguy is well known for his work in theoretical and applied linguistics, which has appeared in major international journals such as Language, Language in Society, the Modern Language Journal, and the Harvard Educational Review. His publications in theoretical linguistics are in the areas of language contact, functional grammar, and the Spanish of the United States; in applied linguistics, his publications have been in the area of bilingual education and the teaching of Spanish to native speakers of Spanish. He is coauthor of Spanish in New York: Language Contact, Dialectal Leveling, and Structural Continuity (2012) and was founding editor of the journal Spanish in Context.
Otheguy has developed textbook materials for the teaching of Spanish to Latino students in the United States and is coauthor of Tu Mundo: Curso para hispanohablantes. He has also written Spanish materials for English-speaking students and is coauthor of one the most widely used high school Spanish textbooks in the United States, Avancemos. Otheguy has participated in national and international conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, and has lectured and conducted research in universities and research centers in numerous countries, including Cuba, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Uruguay.
Otheguy, who was appointed to the Graduate Center in 1998, is founding director of the CUNY Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, which conducts basic and applied research in urban linguistics, bringing to bear the research resources of the City University of New York on urban language issues. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Graduate Center (1976), as well as degrees and diplomas in Spanish from Louisiana State University, the City College of New York, and the University of Madrid, Spain.