Joseph R. Weyers

Professor of Spanish
Co-director, Global Scholars Program

Address: 142 JC LONG
Phone: 843.953.6782
Personal Website:

Dr. Weyers joined the College of Charleston in 1995. His research and teaching emphasizes Spanish sociolinguistics and Latin American cultures. His area of expertise is Forms of Address in Spanish, emphasizing linguistic situations in which and vos are in competition. He has published extensively on address forms in Uruguay. His more recent research focusses on Medellín, Colombia's tripartite system of address. Dr. Weyers is a certified OPI tester in Spanish (since 2000); to that end, he developed and teaches SPAN 382 Speaking Strategies and SPAN 682 Spanish Oral Proficiency. Travel is a personal passion, and it forms an important part of his teaching: HONS 381 Postcards from Mexico students traveled to Mexico City for Spring Break (2015); SPAN 491 El español de Colombia students traveled to Medellín during Spring Break (2016); and SPAN 630 Seminar in Hispanic Studies students will spend a week in Mexico City in June 2018. Dr. Weyers co-directs the College of Charleston's Global Scholars program.


The University of New Mexico, Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics, 1995

The University of New Mexico, M.A. in Latin American Studies, 1991

Allegheny College, B.A. in Spanish & Latin American Studies, 1987

Research Interests

Hispanic sociolinguistics, particularly Forms of Address in Spanish; Linguistic Landscape in the Spanish-speaking world; teaching methodology; and oral proficiency.

Courses Taught

SPAN 314  Spanish Conversation

SPAN 333: México lindo y querido

SPAN 344   Advanced Grammar & Lexicon

SPAN 381   Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

SPAN 382   Speaking Strategies

SPAN 448   Spanish Sociolinguistics

SPAN 491   Special Topic: El español de Colombia

HONS 381  Special Topic: Postcards from Mexico

SPAN 682   Spanish Oral Proficiency

Honors and Awards

2014  ExCel Outstanding Faculty Member in LCWA

2011  Honorary Member, Sigma Delta Pi

2008  Global Scholar


Selected recent publications:

Weyers, Joseph R. 2016. "Medellín Cuenta con vos: The changing role of voseo in written communication". Comunicación (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia) 35: 67-81

Weyers, Joseph R. 2016. "Making the case for increased prestige of the vernacular: Medellín's voseo". In Forms of address in the Spanish-speaking world, ed. by María Irene Moyna & Susana Rivera. New York: John Benjamins, p. 287-302.

Weyers, Joseph R. 2016. "The tuteo of Rocha, Uruguay: Is it as stable as it seems?" In Spanish-language and sociolinguistic analysis, ed. by Sandro Sessarego & Fernando Tejedo. New York: John Benjamins, p. 305-321.

Weyers, Joseph R. 2014. "The tuteo of Rocha, Uruguay: A study of pride and language maintenance". Hispania 97.3: 382-395.

Weyers, Joseph R. 2013. "Do consumers distinguish between verb forms in written advertising?: Verbal voseo and tuteo in Montevideo". International Journal of the Sociology of Language 224: 25-41.

Weyers, Joseph R. and Germán Canale. 2013. "Tuteo and voseo in the classroom: Linguistic attitudes among Montevidean educators". Spanish in Context 10.3: 371-389.

Weyers, Joseph R. 2013. "Linguistic attitudes toward the tuteo and voseo in Montevideo, Uruguay". Spanish in Context 10.2: 175-198.

Weyers, Joseph R. 2011. " and usted in Mexican advertising: The politeness systems of written public discourse". Southwest Journal of Linguistics 30.1: 117-133.