Jesus Gonzalez Franco

Graduate Teaching/Research Associate
Third-Year Doctoral Student

About Jesus Gonzalez Franco

I am currently a third-year doctoral student and graduate research and teaching associate (GTA) at the University of Arizona focusing on language revitalization, morphology, phonology and phonetics.  My primary research interests center on issues in endangered language documentation and revitalization, the history of the Oto-Manguean languages, with a specific interest in Zapotec language varieties of the central valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. Before attending the University of Arizona, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish linguistics and a minor in English, language and linguistics at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).  Additionally, at CSUDH, I was a Sally Casanova Scholar and Ronald E. McNair Scholar.  My research interests cultivated from learning English as a second language, being raised in California with Mexican roots, and listening to the languages found in my community and places I visited.  Some of my current hobbies are cycling and photography. 


-Indigenous Languages of the Americas and their Structures (ILAS) Working Group.  

-In 2016, I began research on an endangered language variety from Oaxaca, México, called Santa Ana Zegache Zapotec (Zegache Zapotec).  

Research Interests

  • Zapotec

  • Language documentation and revitalization
  • Morphology

  • Phonology/Phonetics 

  • Lexical semantics
  • Spanish
  • Language contact/change
  • Bilingualism
  • Language acquisition