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 5
Room C 564
Postal address Romanska och klassiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Administrative responsibilities
Head of the Department of Romance Studies and Classics 



Laura Álvarez teaches Portuguese at all levels and supervises degree projects, Master dissertations and Doctoral theses in both Portuguese and Spanish.

Special course at the advanced level: Language Contact, Multilingualism and Minorities in the Romance-Speaking World. 

Course within the Doctoral School in the Humanities: Language and Indentities - in Language Policy and Minority Languages.


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)

Research projects

Current projects 

(2018-2019) Language and ideas about Nordic Migrants in South America
The overall purpose of this initiative is to study emigration from the Nordic countries to South America by adopting an interdisciplinary approach within the humanities. The project aims to document and study the languages of the migrants and to offer insights into the linguistic memories, ideologies, and cultural identities of heritage language speakers from groups that today are rather marginal in their country of destination. In collaboration with Associate Professor Eeva Sippola (University of Helsinki). Funding from Stockholm University (2018).

(2014-2019) Portuguese in Africa
The aim is to study linguistic and social factors that trigger contact-induced language change in multilingual settings. Funding from STINT (2014), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2015), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (initiation grant 2015), RomLing Network (2016-2018), Wenner-gren Foundation (2018-2019), Anérstiftelsen (2018). In collaboration with Anna Jon-And (Dalarna University), Torun Reite (Stockholm University), Marie-Eve Bouchard (Stockholm University). 


Past projects (2012-2018)

(2014-2018) 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 (2014-2017), University of Campinas (2015-2017) and Lars Hiertas Minnesfond (2014-2017). 

(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: January 26, 2019

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