I joined the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool in July 2005. I work on the anthropology and sociolinguistics of the Andes. My research is based on field work in areas where both Spanish and Quechua are spoken (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia). My PhD dealt with Quechua oral storytelling in highland Ecuador. Since then I have published widely on Quechua oral history; anthropological approaches to the study of language contact, especially translation issues; language politics and cultural identity in the Andes; and intercultural education policy for indigenous peoples.
Sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics of the Andes; Quechua-Spanish language contact; language ideologies; language policy in Latin America; language and cultural identity; issues of translation in multicultural settings; Critical Discourse Analysis in multicultural, postcolonial settings; Quechua language; interactive multimedia technology for the teaching of Quechua in context.
Latin American indigenous social movements; Latin American government policy on multiculturalism.
Recent book: 'Por los linderos de la lengua: ideologias linguisticas en los Andes', Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2007, 426 pages. The book uses qualitative data collection and analysis techniques, and applies Critical Discourse Analysis to a range of verbal testimonies recorded during fieldwork in the three countries. The book develops a comparative framework and applies concepts developed in cultural studies (hybridity, transculturation, borders) to the study of the role of language in the construction of cultural identities.
Endangered language research on a previously undocumented Quechua dialect of the Upper Marañón valley of central highland Peru; based on field linguistics techniques, a dictionary is being prepared in collaboration with local speakers and linguistics students at the Catholic University of Peru in Lima.
I am beginning new research on the 'performance of power' as displayed in the political discourse and mediated presentational style of the Evo Morales government in Bolivia. This government is leading major policy change founded on a politics of 'decolonisation', and bringing about a groundswell of change in public attitudes towards racial difference and cultural diversity in the country. Language use and use of other media such as clothing are telling indicators of underlying social and political processes.
Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University
Ximena Córdova, thesis topic: 'The performance of identity in the Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia', AHRC funded
Josep Cru, thesis topic 'Endangered languages and language politics in Latin America'