Sociolinguistic Studies Group GES
Academic Unit: Faculty of Communications and philology
Colombian Ministry of Science
Languages and literature
Colombia is a pluriethnic and multicultural country: more than 60 indigenous languages, two creole languages, two sign languages (the Colombian Sign Language and the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Sign Language), and various local dialects of Spanish are spoken in the national territory. The Sociolinguistic Studies Group (GES) carries out fundamental research on grammatical structures that enable the development of didactic materials for teaching. It performs studies about linguistic change and variation phenomena within languages in order to contribute to the comprehension of language ability and its relation to the communities’ social and cultural dynamics. Furthermore, the group provides detailed diagnoses on the sociolinguistic situations of languages and dialects in our territory that can have a bearing on linguistic policies. Sociolinguistic, ethnolinguistic, and descriptive linguistic studies of the Colombian languages and dialects are the field of activity for the group’s research purposes.
Research Areas and Topics
- Descriptive linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics).
- Teaching of Spanish.
- Computational and Corpus Linguistics.
- Linguistics of the Colombian Sign Language.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)