School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Josep Cru Talaveron

Lecturer in Spanish



I studied a BA in Anglo-German Philology (1993) and a BA in Linguistics at the University of Barcelona (1996). I also hold an MA in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley (1999). With the support of the Institute Ramon Llull, I taught Catalan at Newcastle University and Durham University from 2007 to 2013 and in 2014 I became a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at Newcastle. In September 2013 I submitted a PhD thesis on language revitalisation and language ideologies in Yucatan, Mexico.

I am also a member of Linguapax, an international NGO based in Barcelona that promotes language diversity worldwide. Apart from coordinating the Linguapax network and organising congresses, I designed and developed pedagogical material to raise awareness about linguistic diversity and to revitalise minoritised languages, particularly of Mexico (see I have also been part of the Linguapax scientific committee to advise on language policy and planning with missions to Mexico (drafting of the Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2003), Paraguay (drafting of the Law of Languages, 2005) and Chile (Implememntation of Intercultural Bilingual Education, 2007). More information at:

In the academic year 2000-2001 I taught Spanish language and culture at Nanjing University (China) with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and was awarded a Merit Prize for Excellence in Teaching by the Department of Foreign Languages of that university. 


Spanish and Catalan (native speaker), English. Also working knowledge of French, Portuguese and Italian, and basic knowledge of Chinese, Russian, German and Dutch.


  • Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).
  • Society for Latin American Studies,UK since 2008.
  • Acervo digital lenguas indígenas de México, since 2003.
  • Linguapax International Network, since 2001.
  • Alumnus of International House Berkeley, California, since 1999.

Organisation of International Congresses

Working at Linguapax I organised several international conferences among which:

At Newcastle University I was co-convener of the conference:

  • Language and Sociopolitical Struggle in the Hispanic World (28 April 2010).


2010 and 2011. Santander Exchange Bursaries Scheme to carry out fieldwork in Mexico (1,000£ each).

2010-2013. I have been involved in a four year project with Linguapax to develop Intercultural Education in Chiapas, Mexico. Barcelona City Council supported this project with 200,000 euros.

1998. ‘La Caixa’ Scholarhsip to undertake postgraduate studies in the United States (University of California at Berkeley).





Undergraduate Teaching

Advanced Spanish Writing. Level D. SPA4081
Spanish for professional and academic purposes. Level D. SPA4082 
Business Spanish 2 (SPA2001)
Introduction to Linguistics (SML1019).
Multilingualism in Latin America (LAS 4005).




Research Interests

My research interests cover:

Sociolinguistics of the Hispanic World.

Language policy and planning, particularly in Mexico and Spain, and language revitalisation.

Discourse analysis and language ideologies.

Indigenous languages of Latin America and education.

Recent presentation of papers:

Exploring grassroots efforts to revitalise Yucatec Maya in Mexico. Society for Latin American Studies, 11-12 April 2013, Manchester, UK, within the panel “Paradigms, policies and practices of diversity: pluriculturalism, language use and education among Latin American indigenous peoples”, co-convener along with Rosaleen Howard (Newcastle University) and Sheila Aikman (University of East Anglia).

Maya language promotion and the need for an ideological clarification. Presentation within a two week course ‘Fourth International 3L Summer School: Endangered Languages – From Documentation to Revitalisation, 1-13 July 2012 Lyon, France’.