María Irene Moyna holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Florida. Before coming to Texas A&M in 2006, she was assistant professor at San Diego State University. She was the Associate Editor for the 5th and 6th editions of the Chicago Spanish Dictionary (2002, 2011, University of Chicago Press). She is the author of Compound Words in Spanish: Theory and history (2011, John Benjamins), and the co-editor (with Alejandra Balestra and Glenn Martínez) of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Linguistic Heritage (2008, Arte Público Press). Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Language and Literature, Linguistics, Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Spanish in Context, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, and in several edited collections. She is now working on a second book-length project on forms of address in Uruguayan Spanish, especially the interplay between vos and tú. Her research explores variation and change in Spanish, particularly in word formation, personal address systems, and the history of Spanish in the United States. Her main research interest lies in the relationship between society, cognition, and acquisition as factors behind language change. She teaches courses on topics such as phonology, morphology, dialectology, Spanish in the United States, bilingualism, and linguistic methods, as well as advanced grammar and Spanish for the professions.