Laura Álvarez

Laura Alvarez Lopez


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Works at Department of Romance Studies and Classics
Telephone 08-16 14 61
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 4 och 5 samt 10 C plan 5
Room C 564
Postal address Romanska och klassiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Administrative responsibilities
Deputy Head of the Department of Romance Studies and Classics (since 2015).



Laura Álvarez teaches Portuguese at all levels. She also supervises degree projects, master dissertations and Ph. D theses and teaches at the advanced and Ph.D. levels in both Portuguese and Spanish.


My ongoing research projects deal with language contact, variation and change in multilingual settings.

Research areas

Sociolinguistics, Contact Linguistics, Language Teaching Research

Research groups

Portuguese in Time and Space (University of Campinas, Brazil), E-lang (University of Campinas, Brazil), New Speakers Network (COST)

Research projects

Current projects 
(2014-2017) Portuguese in Africa. 
The aim is to study contact-induced language change in multilingual settings. Qualitative and quantitative studies based on questionnaires, language diaries and interviews will describe varieties that have not been studied in depth before and can be useful in order to develop language and educational policies. With financial support from STINT (2014), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2015), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (initiation grant 2015) and Romling at Stockholm University (2016).

(2014-2017) Cupópia: The Afro-Brazilian speech of Cafundó.
The studies focus on the social history of the community and the linguistic properties of Cupópia. With financial support from STINT (2014) Romling at Stockholm University and Lars Hiertas Minnesfond (2014-2017). 

Past projects (2012-2014)
(2010-2014) Afro-Latin Linguistics: language contact in intercultural settings Coordinated by Laura Álvarez López with financial support from STINT (1,2 million SEK). The project involved researchers and students at Stockholm University, Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil and Universidad de la República in Uruguay.

(2012) AFRO-LATIN linguistic contacts: corpora development and grammatical analysis, with Juanito Avelar, financial support from FAPESP (60000 BRL).

Last updated: August 31, 2017

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