What stays and what goes? Monitoring patterns of recent language change in Spanish youth language

Start - End 
2021 - 2024 (ongoing)



Recent important sociocultural changes, such as the expansion of 
mass media, have profoundly changed language interaction, 
especially between teenagers. This project aims to investigate how 
the Spanish teen language has changed over the past two decades. 
Concretely, the project has four main objectives. First, it will 
investigate the speed of language change by monitoring phenomena 
mostly operating at two different levels, namely the lexicon (including 
slang words, taboo words, discourse markers, and borrowings) and 
syntax (mostly phenomena of anacoluthon), at two different points in 
time, i.e. at the onset of the 21st century and at the beginning of the 
third decade. This comparison will reveal whether there is a 
difference in speed between lexical and syntactic change. Second, 
from a sociolinguistic perspective, the project analyzes which gender 
or which social class is the most innovative and leads language 
change. In a third stage, it investigates whether teenagers are rightly 
defined in the literature as leaders of language change. Finally, it 
examines the phenomenon of age-grading and the applicability of the 
apparent-time method. In order to accomplish these goals, the 
project combines corpus analyses with experimental data.




Phd Student(s)