Anna Babel

Assistant Professor Hispanic Linguistics

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.

Selected publications:

2016a. Editor, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge University Press, New York/Cambridge. Cambridge University Press

2016b. Affective motivations for borrowing: Performing local identity through loan phonology. Language and Communication 49:70-83. ScienceDirect  

2014a.  Stereotypes versus experience: Indexing regional identity in Bolivian Valley Spanish.  Journal of Sociolinguistics 18(5):604-633.

2014b.  Time and reminiscence in contact: Dynamism and stasis in contact-induced change.  Spanish in Context 11(3):311-334

2011. Why don’t all contact features act alike?  Contact features and enregistered features. Journal of Language Contact 4(2011):56-91.

2009. Dizque, evidentiality, and stance in Valley Spanish. Language in Society 38(4):487-511. 

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Areas of Expertise
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language Contact
  • Ph.D., in Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.A., in Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • M.A., in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 2007
  • B.A./B.S., in Linguistics, Spanish, & Russian, University of South Carolina, 2001

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