Rocío Díaz Bravo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics and a member of the research group ΔiaLing (Diachronic and Diatopic Linguistics) of Ghent University. She is also a Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Granada, an Affiliated Lecturer in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.
Having completed an MA in Digital Humanities (King’s College London), an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and a PhD in Spanish Linguistics (University of Málaga), she has varied research interests, which include Digital Humanities applied to Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Language Teaching and Learning, the History of the Spanish Language and Varieties of Spanish.
She is currently conducting research on the literary work Retrato de la Loçana andaluza, from a historical sociolinguistics perspective. For example, she is analysing the leísmo, loísmo and laísmo phenomena in this book. Moreover, she is studying ‘learnèd’ borrowings, as a member of the Loaded Meanings strand of the Language Acts and Worldmaking project. Her edition of the Retrato de la Loçana andaluza has been published by the Modern Humanities Research Association (2019). She has recently joined the research team of the online corpus Oralia Diacrónica del Español (University of Granada). Furthermore, she is a member of the research group LiSLaT (Linguistics in Spanish Language Teaching), co-led by lecturers from the Open University and currently investigating the teaching and learning of varieties of Spanish from the teachers’ and the students’ perspectives (including the flipped classroom). She is particularly interested in teaching innovation and has participated in different projects, such as teaching and learning Spanish in Second Life and e-marking and e-feedback with iPads (funded by the London School of Economics and Political Sciences).
Rocío has worked as a Spanish language teacher and researcher in Spain, Norway, Poland and, mainly, in the UK (Queen Mary, University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Manchester and University College London).
She is one of the Editorial Assistants of the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching.
• Variation and Change in Spanish: orality of sixteenth-century Spanish, ‘learnèd’ borrowings
• Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities applied to Spanish Linguistics: online diachronic corpora
• TELL (Technology-Enhanced Language Learning) applied to Spanish Language Teaching: virtual worlds, electronic marking and the use of songs
• Teaching and Learning Varieties of Spanish: technology and the flipped classroom
Recent research projects:
• Loaded Meanings, Language Acts and Worldmaking (funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative), King’s College London
• Hispanae Testium Depositiones. Las declaraciones de testigo en la historia de la lengua española (1492-1833) (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness 2018-2021: FFI2017-83400-P MINECO/AEI/FEDER,UE), Oralia diacrónica del español (ODE), University of Granada
• Linguistics in Spanish Language Teaching (LiSLaT), Open University