My research interests focus on language ideologies, the politics of language and (critical) discourse analysis as a method of investigating these, as well as issues of political and media discourse, language planning, language policy and migration within the Spanish-speaking world (see list of publications).
My PhD thesis investigated the ideologies, policies and agencies involved in language standardisation and other contemporary language debates in Spain, focusing particularly on the Real Academia Española.
I now have a developing research interest in the interface between social media and political discourse, investigating how issues of power, authority and voice are constructed and expressed by grassroots movements as well as the politicians through the innovative discursive practices of social media. My latest project looks at the current educational protests and reforms in Chile, and the relationship between the discourse of the protestors and that of the President.
Previous projects that I have worked on include:
- LINEE, a European Commission-funded project in which he investigated the practices and ideologies underlying the acquisition by migrants of official languages in the UK and Spain;
- Volver a México, in which Darren carried out fieldwork in Mexico (as part of the MEXSU research team) to explore the return of Mexican migrants from the USA, and their accounts of the flows of linguistic capital in such transnational migratory movements;
- Tales of Return, an investigation into the memories and experiences of Spanish returnee migrants from France and Great Britain in the 20th century;
- and Testing Regimes, which focused on language, migration and citizenship policies across Europe.
Dr Darren Paffey
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