Fien De Latte earned a Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish Linguistics and Literary studies (2016), followed by a Master’s degree in Ibero-Romance Philology (Spanish and Portuguese) (2017), both at Ghent University. She studied one semester at the University of Sevilla (Spain) as an Erasmus-student and completed the first semester of her Master’s program at the University of Pinar del Río (Cuba).
In 2018, after being awarded a Special Research Fund scholarship (BOF), she joined the Spanish Linguistics department and started her PhD research (Function and form of the Spanish nominal vocative: between production, cognition and personality), carried out under the joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Renata Enghels and Prof. Dr. Rob Hartsuiker. In 2019 she was granted a FWO fellowship for the same research project.
As a student, she participated in the COSER-project, taking part in the dialectological fieldwork in Tenerife (Spain) and the transcription of the collected data. She has also been collaborating on the development of a conversational corpus of present-day Madrilenian Spanish (CORMA 2016-2019), led by her supervisor. Together with her colleague Linde Roels, her collaboration involves taking part in linguistic fieldwork (2019 - two campaigns focusing especially on youth language), monitoring the transcription process of the recorded oral data (in PRAAT), and digitalising the corpus (using EXMARaLDA).
In February 2020, she was awarded the Premio Duques de Soria de Hispanismo for her Master’s Dissertation "Estudio formal-funcional y sociolingüístico del vocativo en el español madrileño", which focused on the formal, functional and sociolinguistic variation of vocatives in the Spanish of Madrid.
In collaboration with Renata Enghels, Linde Roels & Elena Azofra (UNED Madrid): creation of a spoken corpus of contemporary Madrilenian Spanish - CORMA21 (Corpus Oral de Madrid 2016-2019) (digital access in preparation)