Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Anna Babel

Associate Professor | Hispanic Linguistics

(614) 292-6179

234 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Rd.,
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language Contact/Andean Spanish


  • Ph.D., Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Michigan (2010)
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Michigan (2006-2007)
  • B.A., B.S., Linguistics, Spanish, and Russian, University of South Carolina (1997-2001)

Anna Babel is a sociolinguist and a linguistic anthropologist. Her interests also include contact linguistics and Andean Spanish. Her research draws on quantitative and qualitative data from a Quechua-Spanish contact region in central Bolivia.

Dr. Babel investigates how linguistic features are linked to social representations, and the way that complex social factors are integrated into language structure. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her current research projects focus on applying social theory to structural and cognitive approaches to linguistics.

Selected publications:

  • 2018. Language at the Border of the Andes and Amazon. University of Arizona Press.
  • 2016a. Editor, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge University Press, New York/Cambridge.
  • 2016b. Affective motivations for borrowing: Performing local identity through loan phonology.Language and Communication 49:70-83. 
  • 2012.  Uso de rasgos de contacto en el español andino: la influencia de la identidad.  Neue Romania 41: El español andino. Espacios comunicativos y cambios gramaticales., ed. Juan C. Godenzzi, Stefan Pfänder, Victor Fernandez y Philipp Dankel.
  • 2011. Why don’t all contact features act alike?  Contact features and enregistered features. Journal of Language Contact 4(2011):56-91.
  • 2010.  Contact and contrast in Valley Spanish.  Ann Arbor, MI: Doctoral dissertation.
  • 2009. Dizque, evidentiality, and stance in Valley Spanish. Language in Society 38(4).

Her courses taught include: SPANISH 3413: Spanish for Heritage Speakers; 5389: Latino Languages and Communities; 4516: The Formation of Bolivian National Cultures; 2389: Spanish in the US: Language as Social Action; 3401: Advanced Grammar; 7380: Spanish Sociolinguistics, 8330: Qualitative Fieldwork Methods, 8330: Andean Spanish.

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