Mª Gabriela Bravo De Laguna
    Bravo de Laguna, Gabriela

    Universidad Nacional de La Plata 


    Master’s degree in Linguistics and Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the National University of La Plata, and academic secretary of the Master’s program in Linguistics at the same university. She is the head of Practical Works at the Linguistics Department for the Literature and Modern Languages programs and a fellow in the Fellowship program at the Columbia Linguistics School since 2020. She teaches at various educational levels, primarily in Teacher Training Institutes focused on the training of educators. Her research is focused on morphosyntactic variation motivated by sociocultural contact among Bolivian migrants in the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.



    Word and Image in Bolivian Migration in the City of La Plata: The Reconstruction of the Self


    The objectives of this presentation are twofold: Firstly, to describe some features that define the linguistic variety used by Bolivian migrants in the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, through the records obtained from different community celebrations, aiming to keep the memory of their own history alive in a foreign land. Secondly, to contribute to the (re)vitalization of Bolivian cultural identity and, therefore, the traditions that accompany them in this new territorialization.

    Both language and images allow us to approach the different forms of performativity that emerge in various communicative instances, whether verbal or gestural. The data I will be working with comes from a personal videofilmed corpus, which not only includes oral records of the variety of Spanish used by migrants in La Plata, resulting from their contact with Andean Spanish and Quechua language, but also individual and collective images that reflect the community’s persistent efforts to maintain their traditions in the new territory.