Agrigento (Sicily)

gabriella licata

/ gabriˈɛlla liˈkata /

she/her (or they/them)

glicata (at) berkeley (dot) edu

Photo cred to sis

I am a sociolinguist, educator, and mentor at UC Berkeley*, where I am Ph.D. Candidate in Romance Languages & Literatures and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies. Through raciolinguistic and intersectional lenses, I use both qualitative and experimental approaches to reveal how people perceive and use language. I work with US Spanish, Italian, and Genoese (o zenéise) in various contexts and communities.


I am a first-generation college student and second-generation Ligurian/Sicilian/San Franciscan. I grew up in a trilingual household of Italian, English, and Genoese. I didn't know that I was a translanguager until I was 21 and a monolingual Italian speaker didn't understand what I was saying. I learned Spanish during my tenure as a waiter/bartender, after which I became credentialed to teach Spanish to middle and high schoolers (the middle schoolers won my heart). All these aspects of my [linguistic] identity have changed the ways in which I perceive and use language, and have made me a more compassionate and inclusive researcher, instructor, and advocate for students and community.


SLaB (Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley)


Proud member of UAW 2865!


BLACK [TRANS] LIVES MATTER!

*Berkeley sits in the territory of xučyun, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and other familial descendants of the Verona Band. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community, inclusion and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. As members of the Berkeley community, it is vitally important that we not only recognize the history of the land on which we stand, but also, we recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today.


This acknowledgement was co-created with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Native American Student Development and is a living document.


Action Required: Using A Land Acknowledgement