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Dr Adriana Patiño-Santos PhD, MA, FHEA

Associate Professor

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Dr Adriana Patiño-Santos is an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

I hold a PhD in Linguistics (Sociolinguistic ethnography) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, an MA in Hispanic Linguistics from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, Bogotá, Colombia and an MA in Linguistics (Discourse Analysis) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I have been a member of the Modern Languages and Linguistics at Southampton since 2012. Prior to this I lived and worked in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, where I taught and researched at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, for over ten years.

Since 2014 I have co-ordinated the Distance PhD programme run by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the British Council in Mexico. I teach modules on Cultural Studies in Contemporary Spain, Multilingualism, Language and Society and on Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. My research on multilingualism, social interaction and institutions has been published internationally in various leading journals and in edited collections, such as handbooks and other volumes on sociolinguistics. I have co-edited Special Issues for Spanish in Context (2012) and the International Journal of Sociology of Language (2018).

Research interests

I have expertise in sociolinguistic ethnography, language socialisation, narrative inquiry and multilingualism. I have concentrated on the social processes that are produced in daily-life encounters by focusing on the intersection between language, ideology and identity in institutional settings.

Since 2006, I have been a member of two research groups in Barcelona (GREIP/UAB and GREILI/UPF), and more recently the group CIEN/UAB.

I currently participate as a co-researcher in two ongoing research projects:

I am currently carrying out my own research on the media produced by Latin America migrants in the UK. My main interests include the subjectivities and forms of socialisation that are constructed within the Latino community radio stations and the press in London and other areas. I was awarded a Small Grant from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities – University of Southampton:

  • September 2017-March 2018. “Language socialisation processes through minority media: the case of Latin Americans in the UK”.

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Debating Ethnography

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My teaching interests include issues in contemporary Spain such as current mobility (migration flows to and from Spain), the social consequences of the current economic crisis and the country's contemporary media and journalism. At the same time, I am also enthusiastic about sociolinguistics, multilingualism, intercultural communication and intercultural education. I particularly welcome postgraduate students interested in these and related topics for supervision work.

Dr Adriana Patiño-Santos
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