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Dr Santiago Sanchez Moreano

Profile summary

Professional biography

I joined the Open University in October 2020. I hold a Ph.D. in Linguistics (USPC Sorbonne Paris Cité - Paris 7) focusing on Spanish varieties in contact with Ecuadorian varieties of Quichua in Colombia. After my Ph.D., I worked as an associate lecturer at the Department of Hispanic and Latin-American studies of the University Sorbonne Nouvelle (2016-2020). I also worked as a part-time lecturer in Hispanic sociolinguistics at the University of Bern (2019). 

During my doctorate studies, I worked as a research assistant in a State-funded program in France: Computer-based multifactorial analysis of language contact and change (French National Research Agency). I also worked as an associate postdoc within the LABEX Empirical Foundations of Linguistics – LC1 Multifactorial analysis of language changes, a research program funded by the French National Research Agency (Investissements d’Avenir).

Research interests

I am interested in the relationality between language, people and nature to address the societal challenge of including multilingual indigenous voices in the epistemic dialogue for sustainability and nature protection. I'm leading the Multilingualism, Sustainability and Education in Amazonia (MSEA) project supported by the Open University's Open Societal Challenges

I'm also interested in language as a social practice and the role it plays in the construction of the social world. I aim to understand how social actors use their linguistic resources and repertoires within interaction to negotiate and create social meaning via interactional stances and positionings in complex settings of contact and transnational mobility. 

My approach is interdisciplinary. It includes using ethnographic methods to fieldwork, social approaches to language, and socioecological approaches to human-nature relations. I draw on methods from various disciplines such as interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural pragmatics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, contact linguistics, and environmental (socio)-linguistics. 

I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Colombia, the Amazon Trapezium (Brazil, Colombia, Peru), and French Guiana.

Teaching interests

  • L106 Introduction to Spanish Studies 
  • L116 Spanish Studies 1 (Intermediate) Chair

External collaborations

I currently collaborate with the research program Multi-L - From contact linguistics to societal issues of multilingualism (PIs: Isabelle Léglise, Valelia Muni Toke et Stefano Manfredi) at the Mixed Research Unit Structure et Dynamique des Langues in Paris; and the research program Limits of variability in Spanish relative complementation (PI: Melanie Uth) at the University of Potsdam. 

In 2020-2022, I collaborated with the project Aproximación a la diversidad lingüística y sociocultural de Cartagena: diagnóstico sociolingüístico de poblaciones minoritarias, pensando en una ciudad-región sostenible (PIs: Doris Patricia Fagua Rincón and Diana Padilla Torres), at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia.


Labialización de las nasales finales: estudio comparativo en tres regiones de español americano (2024)
Uth, Melanie; Blestel, Élodie and Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
Forma y Función, 37(I)

Por una praxis educativa bi/pluri/multi/lingüe en Colombia (2023-12)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago; Miranda, Norbella; Tejada-Sánchez, Isabel; Barrera, John; González, Adriana; Hernández, Olga Camila; Ortega, Yecid and Cortés, Yenny
Notas de Política en Educación(8)

Reseña de Patzelt, Carolin; Spiegel, Carolin; Mutz, Katrin. 2018. Migración y contacto de lenguas en la Romania del siglo XXI / Migration et contact de langues au XXIe siècle (2021)
Sanchez Moreano, Santiago
Estudios de lingüística española, 43 (pp. 266-283)

Análisis de la interacción social en contextos de movilidad y de superdiversidad (2020)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
Iberoromania, 2020(91) (pp. 28-51)

Objets préverbaux dans des constructions transitives en espagnol andin : une analyse plurifactorielle (2019)
Sanchez Moreano, Santiago
Faits de Langues, 49(2) (pp. 155-182)

Repertorios lingüísticos y representación de la diversidad lingüística en Leticia (Colombia) y su periferia (2019)
Sanchez Moreano, Santiago
Visitas al Patio, 13(1) (pp. 12-36)

Negociación de posicionamientos sociales (stances) a través del debilitamiento del fonema /s/ en el español hablado por los quichuas ecuatorianos en Cali (Colombia) [Negotiating social positions (stances) through the phoneme /s/ reduction in the Spanish spoken by Ecuadorian Quichuas in Cali (Colombia)] (2018-06-26)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
Pragmática Sociocultural / Sociocultural Pragmatics, 6(1) (pp. 33-70)

Reseña de Palacios, Azucena. 2017. Variación y cambio lingüístico en situaciones de contacto. Madrid / Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert. (2018-01-24)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
Estudios de Lingüística del Español, 39(1) (pp. 439-456)

Enoncés de type OV et positionnements sociaux dans l’espagnol parlé par les Quichuas équatoriens à Cali (Colombie) [OV constructions and stance in the Spanish spoken by Ecuadorian Quichuas in Cali (Colombia)] (2017-08-14)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
Sociolinguistic Studies, 11(1) (pp. 65-105)

Spanish-speaking Latin Americans in the market of Cayenne (French Guiana): multilingual practices, fuzzy borders, and social positioning (2023)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago and Léglise, Isabelle
In: Márquez Reiter, Rosina and Patiño-Santos, Adriana eds. Language Practices and Processes among Latin Americans in Europe (pp. 127-149)
ISBN : 9781003130703 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxon, UK and New York, USA

Prácticas lingüísticas heterogéneas: Nuevas perspectivas (2021-12-03)
Sanchez Moreano, Santiago and Blestel, Élodie
In: Sanchez Moreano, Santiago and Blestel, Élodie eds. Prácticas lingüísticasheterogéneas: Nuevas perspectivas para el estudio del español en contacto con lenguas amerindias. Contact and Multilingualism (4) (pp. 1-23)
ISBN : 978-3-96110-332-4 | Publisher : Language Science Press | Published : Berlin

Desplazamiento lingüístico y revitalización de repertorios plurilingües en contextos de ciudad (2020)
Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
In: Haboud Bumachar, Marleen; Sánchez Avendaño, Carlos and Garcés Velásquez, Fernando eds. Desplazamiento lingüístico y revitalización: reflexiones y metodologías emergentes. Desafíos en la Diversidad collection (2) (pp. 183-214)
ISBN : 9789978104453 | Publisher : Editorial Abya- Yala | Published : Quito

From varieties in contact to the selection of linguistic resources in multilingual settings (2017-10-30)
Léglise, Isabelle and Sánchez Moreano, Santiago
In: Bassiouney, Reem ed. Identity and Dialect Performance: A Study of Communities and Dialects. Routledge Studies in Language and Identity (pp. 141-159)
ISBN : 9781315279732 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Prácticas lingüísticas heterogéneas: Nuevas perspectivas para el estudio del español en contacto con lenguas amerindias (2021-11-01)
Sanchez Moreano, Santiago and Blestel, Élodie eds.
Contact and Multilingualism
ISBN : 978-3-96110-332-4 | Publisher : Language Science Press | Published : Berlin