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José Del Valle
Phone: (212) 817-8410
Research Interests: The politics of language representation in Spain, Latin America, and the USA. The interface between linguistic and intellectual history.
José del Valle is Professor of Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultutes at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is affiliated with the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures and with the Ph.D. Program in Linguistics. He received his Licenciatura in 1988 from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain; his M.A. in 1990 from the University at Buffalo (SUNY, USA); and his Ph.D. in 1994 from Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA). He taught at Miami University (Ohio) and Fordham University (Bronx) before he joined The Graduate Center in 2002. He has held visiting positions at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, and taught short seminars 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.
 
As a result of his doctoral work -which straddled the fields of socio-historical linguistics, language change theory and the history of Ibero-Romance- he published 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 glottopolitical studies, linguistic inequality, and a focus on linguistic ideologies, normativity and the institutionalization of language. His publications include: The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (co-edited with Luis Gabriel-Stheeman; Routledge, 2002); an expanded Spanish edition of this book, La batalla del idioma: la intelectualidad hispánica ante la lengua. Vervuert / Iberoamericana, 2004); La lengua ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español (edited, Vervuert / Iberamericana, 2007); A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language (edited, Cambridge University Press, 2013); and a Spanish edition of the latter, Historia política del español: la creación de una lengua (Aluvión, 2016). 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, and, 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.
 
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