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Jonathan Pye

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4150A FLB
PhD Candidate


Jonathan Pye is a PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests center primarily on sociolinguistics, in particular, the relationship between language and media. He uses computational sociolinguistic approaches to study identification practices on social media. He is also interested in applying raciolinguistic and discourse analytic approaches to the study of the use of language by celebrities such as Sofía Vergara in order to shed light on wider discourses on the relationship between race, language and citizenship in the United States. 

Jonathan earned a BA with Honours in American and Latin-American Studies from The University of Manchester (UK) and an MA in Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic Linguistics. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDE)  in Education from Liverpool John Moores University and has experience teaching Spanish, Linguistics, French and Interdisciplinary Studies at the university, high-school, middle-school and elementary-school levels.



Research Interests


Discourse Analysis

Language and Media 

Linguistic Anthropology 

Spanish in the United States 


Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDE) in Education, 2016

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA - Spanish (Linguistics), 2015

The University of Manchester (UK), BA (Hons) American and Latin-American Studies, 2013

Courses Taught

SPAN232 - Spanish in the Community - Fall 2022 / Fall 2023 

SPAN252 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics - Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 

SPAN204 - Advanced Grammar in Context - Fall 2021 

SPAN228 - Spanish Composition - Spring 2015 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022

SPAN130 - Intermediate Spanish - Fall 2013 / Spring 2014 / Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 

SPAN142 - Spanish in the Professions - Spring 2024