April 15, 2022

By Catalina Méndez Vallejo

On April12, we welcomed Prof. Sandro Sessarego, from the University of Texas at Austin, for a virtual visit in SPA-LIN 211 (Varieties of Spanish).

Prof. Sessarego is a well-known researcher in the field of contact linguistics, syntax, and sociolinguistics. He has worked as a researcher in several distinguished institutions, such as the Netherlands Institute for Advance Study and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He has also been a visiting professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris-Villejuif and at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

During his prolific academic career, Prof. Sessarego has published several books and articles about Spanish-based creoles and he has strongly contributed to this field by providing provocative theories that draw from linguistic, social, legal, anthropological, and historical accounts.

In his virtual visit, Prof. Sessarego discussed the case of Chocó Spanish, a variety that has been central to the current debate over the origin and development of creole languages.