Anna Babel is a sociolinguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her interests also include contact linguistics and Andean Spanish. Her research draws on quantitative and qualitative data from a Quechua-Spanish contact region in central Bolivia.
Dr. Babel investigates how linguistic features are linked to social representations, and the way that complex social factors are integrated into language structure. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her current research projects focus on applying social theory to structural and cognitive approaches to linguistics.
- (accepted) Editor, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Edited volume to be published by Cambridge University Press.
- (in press) Doing copying: Why typology doesn’t matter to language speakers. First author with Stefan Pfänder. Invited contribution to Family Effects in Lanugage Contact: Modeling congruence as a factor in contact-induced language change (De Gruyter).
- 2012. Uso de rasgos de contacto en el español andino: la influencia de la identidad. Neue Romania 41: El español andino. Espacios comunicativos y cambios gramaticales., ed. Juan C. Godenzzi, Stefan Pfänder, Victor Fernandez y Philipp Dankel.
- 2011. Why don’t all contact features act alike? Contact features and enregistered features. Journal of Language Contact 4(2011):56-91.
- 2010. Contact and contrast in Valley Spanish. Ann Arbor, MI: Doctoral dissertation.
- 2009. Dizque, evidentiality, and stance in Valley Spanish. Language in Society 38(4).
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- Linguistic Anthropology
- Language Contact/Andean Spanish
- 2010: Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Michigan
- 2006-2007 M.A. in Anthropology, University of Michigan
- 2006-2007 M.A. in Linguistics, University of Michigan