Foreign languages faculty

Diana E. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., University of Göttingen, Germany
Specialization in Linguistics, UNS, Argentina
Licenciada en Letras, UNS, Argentina



Dr. Gonzalez' main interests revolve around how languages function and behave, especially in fields related to language in society and meaning. She has presented on those topics at national conferences of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, Dr. Gonzalez served with Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics, teaching at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Perú. She also taught Spanish and German at Dordt College, as well as graduate and undergraduate linguistic courses at the universities of Chihuahua and Zacatecas in Mexico, and worked as an editor for a publishing ministry in Costa Rica.


    Publications and presentations

    • "Metaphor--So Far ... So Close," XIX NACFLA Conference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California
    • "Is Metaphor Biblingual?" XVIII NACFLA Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008
    • "All Languages Are Created Equal," XVII NACFLA Conference, Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, 2007
    • Sociolinguistics Component for Mother-Tongue Translators Training Program, Peruvian Bible Society, Lima, Perú, 2006
    • "Developing Authors in Minority Languages," XVII Congress of Social Communication Students, Hermilio Valdizán University, Huánuco, Perú, 2005
    • "Language Attitudes Towards Three Quechua Varieties in Eastern Apurimac," Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Perú, 2005

    Professional experience

    • Professor at CILTA, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru
    • Assistant Profesor of Spanish, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa
    • Professor of Linguistics, University of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
    • Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
    • Instructor in Spanish, University of Göttingen, Germany


    • International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education
    • Linguistic Society of America
    • Summer Institute of Linguistics
    • North American Christian Foreign Language Association


    • Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Mexico, 1993-1996