PhD, MA, BA
- Primary position:
- Director of Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration
I hold a BA from Birmingham University, a MA(Ed) in Language & Linguistics and a PhD in Politics of Language from the University of Southampton. After teaching English as a Foreign Language at Barcelona University, I came to Southampton first as a teaching assistant in EFL and Spanish, and then later as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Spanish in Modern Languages. I am currently Professor in Spanish sociolinguistics and have been Head of Modern Languages for two terms (2001-2003 and 2005-2011). I was a founding Director of the Southampton Centre for Transnational Studies.
I have recently created a new Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration at the University (MexSu), of which I am currently Director. I have been fortunate in securing significant financial support in this from Santander Universities network.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
Conference or Workshop Item
My research interests are in the area of language policy and language and migration, transnationalism and multilingualism, in particular in the Spanish-speaking world.
Research awards and projects
I have been in receipt of a British Academy Small Award for my work on global Spanish and was coordinator of an AHRC Networks & Workshops award for a collaborative project on language, migration and citizenship in Europe, Testing Regimes (with colleagues in Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Ghent and Tilburg); and I am Work Package leader for a project on language and migration within the EU 6th Framework Network of Excellence programme on multilingualism in Europe (LINEE), of which Southampton is one of nine partners. I am currently leading a project based in San Luís Potosí, Mexico, on language and migrant return, analysing the experiences of Mexican migrants returning from the US.
I have organised major international conferences including the Second Hispanic Conference in Southampton (15-17 April 2004) and (co-organiser) Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: the Future of Language in Europe at Southampton (8-10 July 2004). I am Principal Local Organiser for the major international Sociolinguistics Symposium 18 (SS18, Southampton 1-4 September 2010) (www.southampton.ac.uk/ss18)
Recent keynotes and plenaries
- ‘Transnational Urban Neighbourhoods: Language(s) in Southampton' at the conference 'Language & the City', Cardiff University, September 2008
- ‘Tu voz es tu voto: the role of Spanish in the 2008 US election campaign’ at the Biennial meeting of the International Association of Spanish in Society, University of Swansea, 2008
- ‘Spanish Today: Linguistic Imperialism or Vox Populi? – Cervantes and Molotov’ at a conference on Language and Globalisation, Cardiff University, July 2005
- ‘Globalisation & the Spread of Spanish: From Spain to the US’ At Regulations of societal multilingualism in linguistic policies: Language in relation to nation, identity and power in Spain, Hispanoamerica and the United States; Berlín, 2 - 4, May, 2005, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut P.K.
I have been Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Spanish Society (SiS) since the birth of the association in 2004, and am a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and International Journal of Iberian Studies.
Affiliate research group: Testing Regimes
I teach courses on sociolinguistics (particularly on language and migration, transnationalism and globalisation, and language policy) both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of these courses focus on the Spanish-speaking world, in particular Spanish in the US, and migrants in Mexico.
I welcome proposals for doctoral research in a wide range of sociolinguistics areas, particularly, but not uniquely, on Spanish topics. My particular interests include:
- Language and migration / diasporas / transnationalism
- Language ideologies
- Language policy
- Language and globalisation / global languages
- The discourse of returning migrants
- Language and popular music
- Language and Mexican migration
Current and recent supervised thesis:
Amanda Hilmarsson-Dunn: ‘The implications of Global English on Icelandic Language Policy’ [completed May 2008]
Darren Paffey: ‘Language, discourse and ideology: the Real Academia Española and the standardisation of Spanish’ [completed April 2009]
Michael Hornsby: ‘What future for minority languages? The case of Breton’ [completed June 2009]
Dina De Sousa: ‘‘Jineterismo in Havana: Narrating the Daily Struggles of Afro-Cuban Jineteras’ [completed December 2009]
Linda Cadier: ‘The impact of translocality on the linguistic and cultural practices of migrant communities: the case of medical interpreters in Southampton’
Lisa Carroll-Davis: ‘Constructing a Nation: Evaluating the Discursive Creation of National Community under the Revolutionary FSLN Government (1979-1990)
Esteban Devis: ‘Sense of belonging and visibility of the Colombian-Lebanese in Bogotá’
Mark Muirden: ‘A Critical Evaluation of Linguistic Minorities from a Postmodern Perspective: the case of Welsh’
Anna Papanicolau: ‘Culturalism and imaginative geographies: the case of US tourism to Mexico’
Susana Sabin-Fernandez: ‘The Basque refugee children of the Spanish Civil War in the UK: memory and memorialisation’
Ted Way: ‘Talking Torture: The Public Commodification of Personal Trauma’
Michalis Sivvas: ‘Social class narratives and Aromanian language ideologies in Greece: the quest for the right story’
Akuarela Gutiérrez: ‘Voces del Barrio. Grassroots Organization and Changing Political Identities in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela (1998-2008)’