Lecture: "Mass Media, Identity, and the Social Construction of the Spanish Language in the Americas"
Fri, April 25, 2014 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • Moseley Room, Harry Ransom Center
Raul Avila, a well-known linguist and media expert from Mexico, weaves the story of resistance to the globalization of language in the Spanish-speaking world and the struggle to maintain cultural identities through the appropriation of mass media, from print, to radio and television, to the internet.
Dr. Avila is professor and researcher at the Colegio de Mexico in the Centro de Estudios Linguisticos, and directs an international project on the Diffusion of Spanish through the Media, which includes 26 universities in 20 countries. His 12 books and dozens of articles include De la imprenta a la Internet: la lengua espanola y sus variantes en los medios de comunicacion masiva (2006), various dictionaries of minority languages, studies of social semantics and economic stratification, and a social-linguistic atlas.