Fien De Latte earned a Master’s degree in Ibero-Romance Philology (2017) at Ghent University. She studied one semester at the University of Sevilla (Spain) 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, 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. Her research focuses on nominal terms of address in Peninsular Spanish and adopts a cognitive-functional and corpus-based perspective.
She collaborates 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, monitoring the transcription process of the recorded oral data, and digitalising the corpus.
In February 2020, she was awarded the Premio Duques de Soria de Hispanismo for her Master’s Dissertation, which focuses on the formal, functional and sociolinguistic variation of vocatives in the Spanish of Madrid.
Co-guest editor of Special Issue (Languages): "Key aspects of 21st century informal interactions: socio-pragmatic and formal features"
(Im)polite uses of vocatives in present-day Madrilenian Spanish. INAR 6: Address and politeness, Bergamo/online, 23-25/06/2021.
Polite insults vs. impolite familiarizers & terms of endearment: on the face work of vocatives in present-day Madrilenian Spanish. 17th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA2021), Winterthur/online, 27/06-02/07/2021.
(with Linde Roels). "Y me enamoré tía, me enamoré que flipas”. Monitoring recent linguistic change in Spanish youth language: a comparative study on the productivity of intensifiers and vocatives in real time. 68º Seminário do Grupo de Estudos Linguísticos do Estado de São Paulo (GEL), Universidade Federal de São Carlos/online, 05-09/07/2021.
(with Linde Roels). “Tía , que hay un huevo de cosas” Monitorizar el cambio en el lenguaje juvenil madrileño: un estudio comparativo entre vocativos e intensificadores. Congreso ABHx, University of Antwerp, 09-10/09/2021.
(with Linde Roels & Renata Enghels). Mujeres al borde del cambio lingüístico: estudios de caso en el lenguaje juvenil contemporáneo. Congreso Internacional "MUJER Y DISCURSO: LIDERAZGO, IMAGEN Y SOCIEDAD", Sevilla/online, 25-27/10/2021.
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)