Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism
Drs. Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa and Wolfgang Wölck.
Prof. Candelas de la Ossa’s research focuses on language use in legal and institutional contexts, particularly in relation to consent and intimate partner violence, access to legal and healthcare resources, and how multiply marginalised identities are constructed and represented in public and institutional talk. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, her work examines how violence prevention and survivor support texts can use linguistic features to project beliefs and experiences onto their target audiences, and construct identities. Abigael’s work focuses particularly on the construction of social attributes such as agency and authority; and social categories such as gender, sexuality, disability, and ethnicity.
Prof. Wolfgang Wölck has been expert scientific adviser to the ‘Euromosaic’ surveys of European minorities and to the current multinational research project on linguistic diversity (LINEE) of the European Union. His publications began with a monograph on Scottish-English diglossia, include a series of reports on his survey of Quechua-Spanish bilingualism in Peru, a comparative grammar of Quechua and several studies of American immigrant ‘ethnolects’. He continues working on contact linguistic surveys, especially on sampling (‘community profiles’) and language attitude studies.