Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from Georgetown University (1994, Washington, DC), M.A. in Spanish Literature and Language from SUNY´s University at Buffalo (1990, Buffalo, NY), Licenciatura in English Philology from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (1988, Spain)
Research Interests: The Sociology of Language, Critical Sociolinguistics and Glottopolitical Theory. Nationalism; neocolonialism; the political economy of language; language policy; language standardization; language, identity and politics in 19th- and 20th-century Spain and Latin America; the history of philology and linguistics in Spain and Latin America
Professor Del Valle joined The Graduate Center in 2002. He has held semester- and year-long visiting positions at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, and short-term visiting professorships at numerous universities throughout Latin American and Europe. In 2010, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his research accomplishments.
His early work straddled the fields of socio-historical linguistics, language change theory and the history of Ibero-Romance, and resulted in the publication of El trueque s/x en español antiguo. Aproximaciones teóricas [s/x Alternation in Old Spanish: Theoretical Approaches] (Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1996). Later, the scope of his research further expanded towards the sociology of language, critical sociolinguistics and glottopolitical theory, with a focus on linguistic ideologies, normativity and the institutionalization of language in Spain and Latin America. His publications include: The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (co-edited with Luis Gabriel-Stheeman; Routledge, 2002); La lengua ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español (Language, a common fatherland? Ideas and ideologies of Spanish edited, Vervuert / Iberamericana, 2007); A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language (edited, Cambridge University Press, 2013); and most recently Autorretratro de un idioma: cretomatía glotopolítica del español (A language´s selfportrait: glottopolitical anthology, co-edited, Lengua de Trapo 2021). In 2010, he guest-edited with Elvira Arnoux a special issue of Spanish in Context (7.1) entitled Ideologías lingüísticas y el español en contexto histórico; in 2011, he guest-edited a special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies (5.3) entitled Language beyond the nation: A Comparative Approach to Policies and Discourses; in 2019, he guest-edited a special issue of GLOTTOPOL (Université de Rouen) "Langage et luttes sociales dans l´espace hispano-lusophone."
He is founding editor of Anuario de Glotopolítica <glotopolitica.com> and has been one of the coordinators of the congresos latinoamericanos de glotopolítica.
A number of his publications can be accessed here: