Department of Spanish and Portuguese

I am interested in language ideologies and how they reshape different on-the-ground realities in mulitlingual nations, states and communities, reflecting very diverse outcomes related to the notion of linguistic authenticity and its relation to power, politics and hierarchies. I also find fascinating the socially-driven embedded modes of speaking different languages and how speakers model their dialogic functions with a purpose, consciusly and/or unconciuosly, to be part of a group, or culture as icons or symbols. These concepts bring up the interplay between codes and historiziced relations with the languages. From a educational perspective, my goal is to understand the culturally and socially patterns of language variaton in which linguistically diverse students learn in both academic and non-academic settings, which aligns with ways to apply second language acquisition methods with communicative-oriented teaching practices.