Anna María Escobar

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Université de Grenoble III, France, Licence de Linguistique
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Bachiller
State University of New York at Buffalo, Ph.D. in Linguistics

Research Interests

Language Variation and Change
Contact Linguistics and Bilingualism
Grammaticalization and Semantic Change
Spanish Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
Spanish-Quechua contact
Andean Sociolinguistics
Spanish Linguistics

Professional Information

My academic pursuits focus primarily on offering a new interpretation of the history of Andean Spanish by initiating innovative social and linguistic analyses of colonial documents and modern varieties of Andean Peruvian Spanish, where the majority of Andean Spanish speakers reside. Although my research has focused primarily on the socio-historical and linguistic study of the development of Andean Spanish, the wider aim has been to understand the diversity of human verbal behavior in plurilingual societies, and how it influences change in language generally. As evidenced by my publications, this intellectual journey has evolved as it is informed by the latest theories on how languages change in contexts of language contact and social competition; by research in general theoretical linguistics, including cross-linguistic studies focused on grammatical change; and by my reading and learning from the work of scholars in other disciplines who focus on sociocultural history, especially in Latin America and other ex-colonial regions.

Honors & Awards

LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2001-2002


Reading Group: Social Dynamics of Language Variation and Change
Spanish Morphology
Hispanic Sociolinguistics
Contact Linguistics Seminar
Dynamics of Language Variation and Change Seminar
Grammaticalization Seminar
Oral Varieties of Spanish
Spanish in the U.S.
Structure of Spanish
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Practical Review of Spanish Grammar

Office Address

University of Illinois; Spanish & Portuguese, 4080 Foreign Languages Building, M/C 176; OFFICE: 4156 Foreign Languages Bldg.

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Research Output


Carvalho, A. M. & Escobar, A. M., Jan 1 2020, New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World. Bugel, T. & Montes-Alcala, C. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. IX-XI (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics; vol. 25).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

De la posesión a la atribución en el contacto Español-Quechua

Translated title of the contribution: From possession to attribution in Spanish-Quechua contactEscobar, A. M., Dec 2018, In : Revista Internacional de Linguistica Iberoamericana. 16, 2, p. 53-66 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Bilingualism in Latin America

    Escobar, A. M., Oct 3 2012, The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Second Edition. John Wiley and Sons, p. 725-744 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Revisiting the 'present perfect': Semantic analysis of Andean colonial documents

    Escobar, A. M., Apr 1 2012, In : Lingua. 122, 5, p. 470-480 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Spanish in Contact with Amerindian Languages

    Escobar, A. M., Mar 19 2012, The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. John Wiley and Sons, p. 65-88 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter