On February 17, we welcomed Prof. Francisco Moreno Fernández, from Alcalá University and Heidelberg University, for a virtual visit in SPA-LIN 211 (Varieties of Spanish).
Prof. Moreno Fernández is a renowned linguist, editor of several specialized journals and books in the field of sociolinguistics. He has also served as member of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) and as academic director of the Instituto Cervantes and the Observatorio de la Lengua Española, at Harvard University. His research focuses on the interface between language and society. During his prolific academic career, Prof. Moreno Fernández has embarked in numerous international and interdisciplinary projects, he has delivered several conferences and interviews, and is now directing a number of corpus projects to document spoken Spanish in the United States, Spain, and other regions of the Spanish-speaking world.
In his virtual visit, Prof. Moreno Fernández discussed the historical and current processes of standardization in the Spanish language, the role of the academic institutions in the establishment of standard forms, and the effect of globalization in the development of spoken language.