IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Jose del Valle

22 - 29 Sept 2013

José del Valle is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at CUNY's Graduate Center. He is currently chairing his department and directing the Center for Galician Studies. He received his "Licenciatura" in 1988 from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain; his M.A. in 1990 from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA; and his Ph.D. in 1994 from Georgetown University, USA. He taught at Miami University (Ohio) and Fordham University (Bronx) before he joined CUNY in 2002. In recent years he has also held visiting positions at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, and taught short seminars at various universities in Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico. His publications include El trueque s/x en español antiguo. Aproximaciones teóricas (Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1996). which deals with issues of Spanish socio-historical linguistics and language change theory, The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (co-edited with Luis Gabriel-Stheeman; Routledge, 2002), which studies the post-colonial linguistic construction of national and pan-Hispanic identities in Spain and Latin America, and La lengua ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español (Vervuert / Iberamericana, 2007), which discusses, from a language-ideological perspective, the contemporary politics of Panhispanism. He has edited special issues of Spanish in Context (with Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux) and Sociolinguistic Studies. He is currently editing A political history of Spanish: the making of a language for Cambridge University Press. In 2010 he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

During his visit to Bristol Professor del Valle will offer his expertise on Dr. Nils Langer's project on Invisible Languages in the 19th century, a sociolinguistic account of the 'invisibilisation' of non-standard languages and varieties through means of overt language policy, covert stigmatisation and restricted language use.

For more information about Professor del Valle's visit please contact Dr. Nils Langer.