Juan Manuel Escalona Torres

Lecturer of Spanish Language


Juan Manuel Escalona Torres was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Atlanta, Georgia, where he later completed a B.A. in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in second language pedagogy at Georgia State University. He holds an M.A. in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi and an M.A. and Ph.D in Hispanic Linguistics from Indiana University. Both in the U.S. and abroad, he has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate-level language and linguistics courses in Spanish and English. His research interests include sociolinguistics, morphosyntax, historical linguistics, and second language pedagogy.

Current Projects

Escalona Torres, J. M. (accepted) "La variación morfosintáctica del español hondureño." In M. Díaz-Campos & J. M. Hernández Campoy (eds.), Enciclopedia Concisa de los Dialectos del Español. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Escalona Torres, J. M. (in preparation). "What We Say We Say: A Corpus-Based Taxonomy of Spanish Quotative Constructions."

Escalona Torres, J. M. & DiBartolomeo, M. (in preparation). "What about 'en plan'?: Sociolinguistic Attitudes toward an Emergent Quotative in European Spanish."



Escalona Torres, J. M. (2020a). "Degree, Time, and Focus: A Historical Tale of 'a poco'." In D. Pascual y Cabo & I. Elola (eds.), Current Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (133-152). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Escalona Torres, J. M. (2020b). "Mirativity as Expressive Meaning: The Case of 'adios'." Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (published online ahead of print), 000010151520202023. doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2020-2032.

Díaz-Campos, M. A., Escalona Torres, J. M., Filimonova, V. (2020c). "Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World."  Annual Review of Linguistics 6, 363-388.

Escalona Torres, J. M. (2019). "Sex in Euphemisms and Dysphemisms" [Review of the book Sex in Language: Euphemistic and Dysphemistic Metaphors in Internet Forums by E. Crespo-Fernández (2017). New York: Bloomsbury Publishing] Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, 15(2), 209-214.

Escalona Torres, J. M. (2019). "The Effects of Social Distance in Service Encounters in Puerto Rican 'Panaderías'." In J. C. Félix-Brasdefer & M. E. Placencia (eds.), Pragmatic Variation in Service Encounter Interactions across the Spanish-Speaking World (230-247). London: Routledge. doi: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351065382.

Díaz-Campos, M. A., Escalona Torres, J. M. (2018). "Corpus Approaches to the Study of Language, Variation, and Change." In K. Geesling (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics, (121-142). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Escalona-Torres, J. M. (2016). "'¡No seas cobarde!' Discursive/Pragmatic Variation of Impoliteness in a Multi-Party Political Debate. Bloomington, IN: IULC Working Papers.

Holdway, J., Barbee, M., Escalona Torres, J. M. (2012). "Development of an ESP Program for a Micronesian Population in Hawai‘i." In H. Ahn & M. Vidal (eds.), Proceedings from the 16th Annual Language Literature and Linguistics Graduate Student Conference, (29-40). Honolulu: National Foreign Language Resource Center.

Courses - Spring 2022