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Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Professor of Hispanic Linguistics


234 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language Contact


  • Ph.D., Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Michigan, 2007
  • B.A./B.S., Linguistics, Spanish, & Russian, University of South Carolina, 2001

Anna Babel is a sociolinguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her research focuses on the relationship between language and social categories, particularly in settings of language contact. She has carried out long-term research in the Santa Cruz valleys of Bolivia, the setting of her ethnography, Between the Andes and Amazon. Her most recent work considers how we become aware of different ways of speaking, and conversely how our knowledge and beliefs about language influence the way that we speak. In addition to these areas of expertise, she teaches on the role of language in the construction of US and Latino/a/x identities. 

Anna Babel's Publication Covers - "Between the Andes and the Amazon - Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia" and "Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research"


Select Publications


2021. Contact, Structure, and Change: A Festschrift for Sarah G. Thomason.  Co-edited with Mark A. Sicoli.  Ann Arbor: Maize Press (University of Michigan Publications).  Full open-access publication.

2021. The Sweet Land: Manufacturing "tradition" in small-town BoliviaJournal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2020. Perceiving isn’t believing: Divergence in levels of sociolinguistic awareness. Language in Society 49(2):231-256.  Second author with Kevin McGowan.

2018. Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia.  University of Arizona Press.  Short reviews in CHOICE, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and ProtoView.  Full-length reviews in Anthropological Linguistics (54:4), Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (29:3), Language in Society (49:1), Journal of Latin American Studies (51:3), and Journal of Sociolinguistics (23:2).  Re-released in paperback September 2021.

2016. Editor, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge University Press: New York/Cambridge. Reviewed in Journal of Sociolinguistics (22:1).  Re-released in paperback April 2019.


Language Variation in Spanish                                     US Latino Languages and Communities  

Spanish in the US: Language as Social Action            Studies in Spanish Synchronic Linguistics

Language Contact in the Spanish-speaking world        Qualitative methods

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