Jesus Gonzalez Franco

About Jesus Gonzalez Franco

I am currently a third-year doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) at the University of Arizona.  My primary research interests center on endangered language documentation and revitalization, the Oto-Manguean languages, with a current interest in the Zapotec language varieties. 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. 


  In 2016, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Galant, we began research on an endangered language variety from Oaxaca, México, called Santa Ana Zegache Zapotec (SAZZ).  I have presented some of the work for SAZZ on the phonological adaptions and stratification of Spanish loanwords borrowed into this Zapotec language variety. 

Research Interests

  • Zapotec
  • Spanish
  • Language contact
  • Language documentation and revitalization
  • Language change
  • Lexical semantics
  • Bilingualism
  • Language acquisition
  • Morphology
  • Phonology
  • Syntax.


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Contact Information

Jesus Gonzalez Franco
Graduate Teaching Assistant — Third-Year Doctoral Student
Office: Online
Office Hours: Wednesday 2-4pm (MST)


Bachelor of Arts in Spanish — Linguistics with a minor in English Language and Linguistics from California State University, Dominguez Hills (May 2019)


Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

Stand-alone Online Instructor-
LING 320-101- Language and Social Issues (Summer 2021)
LING 320-101/401- Language and Social Issues (Spring 2021)
Teaching Assistant-
LING/SLAT 403/503- Foundations of Syntax (Fall 2020)