Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Zaragoza. Master’s degree in secondary education from the same university. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Bochum with a thesis on the linguistic repertoires and practices of young migrants and Afro-descendants in Spain. Among their research interests, they highlight the study of ideologies and language policies, particularly those related to educational contexts as well as language and gender dynamics.
Linguistic repertoires of young African migrants and Afrodescendants, in Spain: An educational ethnographic approach
The research, conducted within a process of intervention and linguistic awareness in a compulsory secondary education center in the city of Zaragoza, has adopted an eminently qualitative perspective based on a methodological triangulation of a) participant observation, b) linguistic portraits (Busch, 2018), and c) semi-directed narrative interviews. In this presentation, I will provide examples of the portraits and narratives that account for some of the attitudes, ideologies, and linguistic practices related to the indigenous and inherited linguistic forms mobilized in the life trajectories of young Afro-descendants and newcomers with origins from countries in West Africa. Likewise, linguistic decisions and modulations of the linguistic repertoires produced by speakers of African varieties and their families are taken into account, which are affected by the role and value assigned to Spanish as the official language in Spain. This allows us to raise some research questions: What linguistic forms are linked to the linguistic repertoires of these individuals? What criteria determine the use of one form over another? What socialization regimes and devices significantly influence linguistic decision-making?