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Dr Santiago Sanchez Moreano

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in October 2020. I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics (USPC Sorbonne Paris Cité - Paris 7) focusing on Spanish varieties in contact with Ecuadorian varieties of Quichua in Colombia. After my Ph.D., I worked as an associate lecturer at the Department of Hispanic and Latin-American studies of the University Sorbonne Nouvelle (2016-2020). I also worked as a part-time lecturer in Hispanic sociolinguistics at the University of Bern (2019). 

During my doctorate studies, I worked as a research assistant in a State-funded program in France: Computer-based multifactorial analysis of language contact and change (French National Research Agency). I also worked as an associate postdoc within the LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics – LC1 Multifactorial analysis of language changes, a research program funded by the French National Research Agency (Investissements d’Avenir). I currently collaborate in a research project in Colombia (funded by the Universidad de Cartagena). This project aims to map the sociocultural and linguistic diversity of Cartagena focusing on minority populations. 

Research interests

I am interested in language as a social practice in the construction of the social world. I aim to understand how social actors use their linguistic resources and repertoires within interaction, negotiating and creating social meaning through interactional stances and positionings. I am also interested in understanding how transnational mobility impacts the speakers' multilingual repertoires, enhancing language variation and contact phenomena. 

I follow an interdisciplinary approach, including ethnographic approaches to fieldwork and social approaches to language.  I draw on methods from interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural pragmatics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, contact linguistics, and multilingual corpus linguistics. Recently, I have been exploring critical dialogues between multilingualism and sustainability sciences. 

I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in multilingual settings in Colombia, the Amazon Trapezium (Brazil, Colombia, Peru), and French Guiana.

Teaching interests

  • Portales. Beginners Spanish (L194 Presentation)
  • Introduction to Spanish studies (L106 Production)
  • A buen Puerto. Advanced Spanish (L314 Presentation)

I am a research associate within the French Research Unit Structure et Dynamique des Langues in Paris. I currently collaborate with the   Multi-L - From contact linguistics to societal issues of multilingualism program of this unit. 

Profile: Sedyl - Structure et Dynamique des Langues - UMR8202 - CELIA (