Maria Sabaté Dalmau

Maria Sabaté Dalmau is English Lecturer at the University of Lleida. She received her PhD in 2010 and her MA in Linguistic Anthropology in 2007 at the University of Toronto, and has been a pre-doctoral visiting scholar at the University of Southampton and an Erasmus teaching staff at the Institute of Multilingualism in Fribourg. She is a member of the editorial board of Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana and a member of the commissions of the international Asociación de Estudios sobre Discurso y Sociedad. She is reviewer of Journal of Sociolinguistics, Multilingua, and International Journal of Multilingualism, among others. She has been part of thesis Tribunals for the MA in Applied Languages (UdL), the MA in Teaching in Secondary Schools, Vocational Training and Language Centres (UAB), the MA in Advanced English Studies (UAB) and the PhD in Information and Knowledge Society (UOC). Her research interests include multilingual practices and ideologies and transnational identity negotiations among mobile/migrant populations in contemporary societies and institutions, with an emphasis on how the new economy and neoliberal regimes interplay with social inequality among these social agents, from a critical sociolinguistics ethnographic perspective. Her manuscript is entitled Migrant Communication Enterprises: Regimentation and Resistance (Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2014).

Areas of interest

  • Multilingual and multiliteracy practices and ideologies, including Englishisation
  • Mobilities, migrations and transnational identity-making processes in contemporary societies and institutions
  • The globalised new economy, neoliberalism and social inequality
  • Critical sociolinguistic ethnographic methods and praxis

Research Projects

  • From January 2017
    • Towards an empirical assessment of the impact of English-medium instruction at university: language learning, disciplinary knowledge and academic identities (ASSEMID). MINECO, Reference: FFI2016-76383-P. Timeframe: 3 years, 30 December 2016-29 December 2019. Principal investigators: David Block (1) & Guzman Mancho (2) (Universitat de Lleida). Researchers on the project: 8. Funding: €50,000. Participation: Full-time researcher.
  • Recent past
    • Cercle de lingüística aplicada (CLA). Departament d’Economia i Coneixement (Generalitat de Catalunya. 2014 SGR 1061 (GRC). Timeframe: 2 years, 2014-Summer 2016. Principal Investigator: Enric Llurda Giménez (Universitat de Lleida). Partners on project: 10. Funding: €36,000.
    • Multilingüismo y  Movilidad: Prácticas lingüísticas i construcción de identidad. MINECO, Reference: FFI2011-26964. Timeframe: 4 years (extended until 31 december 2016). Principal Investigator: Melissa G. Moyer (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Partners on the project: 8. Funding: €52,030.
    • The Management of Multilingualism in Institutional Settings. MICINN, Plan Nacional de la Ciencia. Reference: HUM2007-61864/FILO. Timeframe: 2007-2010. Principal investigator: Malissa G. Moyer.

Recent publications (2016-2017)

  • Sabaté i Dalmau, Maria, Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà i Codó, Eva. 2017. Language-mediated services for migrants: Monolingualist institutional regimes and translinguistic user practices. Dins de: S. Canagarajah (ed.) The Routledge Handbook for Migration and Language. London: Routledge, pp. 558-576.
  • Sabaté i Dalmau, M. (2016). El català dels locutoris. pràctiques i ideologies lingüístiques de la migració en espais urbans castellanoparlants. Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 26: 105-121. ISSN 2013-9136.
  • Sabaté-Dalmau, M. (2016). Migrant narratives of dis/emplacement: The alternative spatialization and ethnicization of the local urban floor. Text & Talk, 36 (3): 269-293. ISSN: 1860-7330. DOI: 10.1515/text-2016-0013
  • Sabaté i Dalmau, M. (2016). The Englishisation of higher education in Catalonia: a critical sociolinguistic ethnographic approach to the students’ perspectives. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 29 (3): 263-285. ISSN: 0790-8318. DOI: 10.1080/07908318.2016.1153108.

Upcoming publications (2017-2018):

  • Sabaté i Dalmau, M. (Formal acceptance: 6/5/2015). Multilingualism in migrant-tailored businesses: The case of telecommunications multinationals and “ethnic” call shops. In A. Creese & A. Blackledge (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Language and Superdiversity. London: Routledge. ISBN13: 978-11-389-0509-2.
  • Sabaté i Dalmau, M. (Formal acceptance: 08/4/2016). Exploring the interplay between narrative and ethnography: A critical sociolinguistic approach to migrant stories of disemplacement. Special Issue of International Journal of the Sociology of Language. ISSN: 1613-3668.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Torres Oliva, María. 18 October 2016. Análisis de las prácticas, ideologías e identidades lingüísticas del alumnado del Valle de Benasque. Treball Final de Màster, Màster en Llengües Aplicades, UdL.
  • Terré i Isart, Gisela. 17 July 2013. Memòria de pràctiques de l’estada a Plataforma per la Llengua. Treball Final de Postgrau, UOC.
  • Joan Marí, Maria del Mar. 9 de juliol de 2012. El context sociolingüístic del col·lectiu xinès a l’illa d’Eivissa: Ideologies lingüístiques i usos del Català. Treball Final de Postgrau, UOC
  • Pi Murugó, Anna. 6 September 2011. Identitats transnacionals: els immigrants catalans, la llengua, i la cultura catalana Mèxic avui (2011). Treball Final de Postgrau, UOC.
  • Massaguer Comes, Marina. 18 July 2011. L’ús i el rol del català a la comunitat gitana de la part alta de Tarragona: pràctiques i actituds lingüístiques d’un grup d’adolescents. Treball Final de Postgrau, UOC.