Biography

Ph.D in Anthropology (Université de Montréal, 2001).

Ramón y Cajal researcher from 2008 to 2012 at the Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science awarded her the National Project “La previsión del futuro de las comunidades bilingües en contextos multilingües: el caso catalán aquende y allende nuestras fronteras” (The forecast of the future of the bilingual communities in multilingual contexts: the case of Catalan inside and outside our borders), which suggests the creation of a methodological protocol to explore the relationship between language attitudes, identity and social networks, and the importance of each aspect in the use of Catalan in contact with other international and global languages, such as Spanish in the Peninsula and English in New York. Member of UVAL (Unitat de Variació Lingüística), a consolidated research group by the Catalan Government since 2002.

She has done post-doctoral stays abroad, at the University of Ottawa, and has collaborated with Professor David Sankoff to launch a groundbreaking research line on demolinguistic projections. The article “Transmission, Education and Integration in Projections of Language Shift in Valencia”, published in 2004 in the journal Language Policy marks the beginning of this stage. They developed a demolinguistic projections program, DMLX, which allows to make predictions about the future of the language and are currently working on the creation of a second generation program.

Among her professional activities, we highlight her position as director of the Sociolinguistics panel for the Annual Conference of the Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada (AESLA) between 2007-2012 and external referee of prestigious international journals such as Language Variation and Change and Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Her key interest is the research of the social and psychological factors that influence and motivate individuals to speak a language, especially Catalan. Among her published articles on this topic we highlight: “The Valencian revival: why usage lags behind competence”, Language in Society 2004/1 and, more a more recent one, “Changing linguistic attitudes in Valencia. The effects of Language Planning Measures”, in Journal of Sociolinguistics 2010/14 (4).

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