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Maria Auxiliadora Rey-Lopez
Metropolitan State College of Denver (Denver, CO 80217-3362)

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$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2022 – 8/31/2022

Geographies of Belonging: Spanish Place-names in Colorado

Research leading to the revision of an intensive Spanish grammar review course for heritage speakers.

This project will research and analyze Spanish toponymy in Colorado including the place-names of cities, counties and geographical accidents. Rather than creating a list of names in order to collect information about the origin and meaning of each (as could be expected from a more traditional etymological or taxonomic study), the project will instead focus on how place-names practices and politics have produced spaces imbued with cultural significance and social power. Therefore, the toponymic study of Colorado Spanish places will be approached from a historical, political and personal point of view. I plan to use the collected materials, sources and subsequent research to revise and improve one of the intermediate grammar courses I usually teach by providing a cultural and historical thematic thread to the class SPA 2750-Intensive Spanish Grammar Review, a class initially created for Spanish heritage speakers that is offered year-round.