Jesus Gonzalez Franco

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
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Contact Information

Jesus Gonzalez Franco
Graduate Teaching/Research Associate — Third-Year Doctoral Student
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Master of Arts in Linguistics from The University of Arizona (May 2022)

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 123- Mathematical Approaches to Language (Fall 2021)
LING/SLAT 403/503- Foundations of Syntax (Fall 2020)