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. 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)

Research projects

Current projects 

(2018-2019) Language and ideas about Nordic Migrants in South America
The overall purpose of this initiative is to develop a project proposal in order to study emigration from Sweden and Finland to South America by adopting an interdisciplinary approach within the humanities (primarily the history of linguistic ideas, but also the history of ideas, economic history, ethnology, and anthropology). 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 Helena Hill (Södertörn Univeristy) and Associate Professor Eeva Sippola (University of Helsinki). Funding from Stockholm University (2018).

(2014-2019) 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. In collaboration with Anna Jon-And (Dalarna University). Funding from STINT (2014), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2015), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (initiation grant 2015), Romling at Stockholm University (2016-2018) and Wenner-gren Foundation (2018-2019).


Past projects (2012-2017)

(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 (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 17, 2018

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