Ernesto R.

Gutiérrez Topete


My name is Ernesto, and I am a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. My research interests include bilingualism, code-switching, and Spanish in the US. Within the field of linguistics, I focus on sociophonetics and apply computational and machine learning techniques to my work. In my research, I take a variationist approach, and my work is primarily experimental.

About Me

My full name is Ernesto R. Gutiérrez Topete, and my second last name is pronounced [to.ˈpe.te]. Nonetheless, in casual contexts Ernesto Gutiérrez or even just Ernesto will do.

I completed my undergraduate studies with a double major in Linguistics and Spanish from Pomona College. Recently, I received my M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from UC Berkeley (May 2019), and I have now advanced to candidacy in my PhD program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UCB.

In my academic work, I enjoy conducting acoustic, articulatory, and perception research, and I am constantly working towards improving my computational skills to implement these techniques in my scholarship.

PhonLab at UC Berkeley

I am originally from México, but I have spent most of my life in the U.S (mostly, California). I also consider myself a fluent bilingual, with some knowledge of French and Portuguese. Although I try to keep it to a minimum, I occasionally find myself conducting impromptu observations of different linguistic phenomena I encounter in the wild and elicitations in different linguistic contexts.

Contact Me

Please, reach out to me to discuss any topics regarding my research or teaching



Address: Department of Spanish and Portuguese

University of California, Berkeley

5319 Dwinelle Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-2590