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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 language as a social practice in the construction of the social world. I aim to understand how social actors use their linguistic resources and repertoires within interaction, negotiating and creating social meaning through interactional stances and positionings. I am also interested in understanding how transnational mobility impacts the speakers' multilingual repertoires, enhancing language variation and contact phenomena. 

I follow an interdisciplinary approach, including ethnographic approaches to fieldwork and social approaches to language.  I draw on methods from interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural pragmatics, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, contact linguistics, and multilingual corpus linguistics. Recently, I have been exploring critical dialogues between multilingualism and sustainability sciences. 

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

Teaching interests

  • Portales. Beginners Spanish (L194 Presentation, Chair)
  • Introduction to Spanish studies (L106 Production, Module Team Member)
  • Spanish Studies 2: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. (L226 Presentation, Module Team Member)
  • L226 Residential School & Online School Coordinator

External collaborations

I currently collaborate with the research program Limits of variability in Spanish relative complementation (PI: Prof. Dr. Melanie Uth, University of Potsdam). The project seeks to explore the limits of variability of relative complementation in Spanish using cross-linguistic comparisons of production data and acceptability judgements. The collaboration focuses on the comparison of syntactic constructions with bare que and donde in three areas: (a) the Yucatecan linguistic area (Quintana Roo, Mexico) where Spanish is in contact with Mayan varieties; b) varieties of European Spanish; and c) varieties of Latin-American Spanish. My contribution consists in analysing and comparing first-hand data from Cali (Colombia) following the same protocol used in Mexico and Spain. More information here.

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 (PI: Prof. Dr. Doris Patricia Fagua Rincón, University of Cartagena, Colombia). The project aimed to map the sociocultural and linguistic diversity of Cartagena focusing on minority populations. In relation with this project I currently co-supervise 4 BA thesis in the field of Sociolinguistics.

I am a research associate within the French Research Unit Structure et Dynamique des Langues in Paris. I currently collaborate with the   Multi-L - From contact linguistics to societal issues of multilingualism program of this unit.


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 (2022-12-30)
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 : Abingdon

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