- 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 positioning. My interests lie in the area of how young people and adults experience language issues when embarking upon life projects involving mobility.
Current PhD Students
External roles and responsibilities
Dr Adriana Patiño-Santos is an Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. She has been Director of Doctoral Programmes (DPD) (2017-2020) and Distance PhD programme coordinator (2014-2020).
As a sociolinguistic ethnographer, I am a passionate collector of stories who enjoys gathering and bringing together life experiences of young and adult multilingual people, in different formats and through different media. 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 department at the University of Southampton since 2012. Prior to this I lived, researched and taught in various universities in Bogotá, Colombia, and Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
I teach modules on Cultural Studies in Contemporary Spain, and on Narrative Inquiry, Language and Society and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. My research on ethnographies of multilingualism and mobility, that combine attention to social relations and storytelling, has been published internationally in various leading journals, in edited collections on sociolinguistics. I have also (co)edited a number of volumes and special issues and serve as a reviewer for important peer reviewed journals that deal with language and social relations.