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The group of research on Orality (UNoral) joins the project for the Sociolinguistic Study of Spanish in Spain and America (PRESEEA).

Pamplona thus joins the Spanish-speaking capitals that make up this international project

PhotoManuelCastells/Members of PRESEEA Pamplona, from left to right, Nekane Celayeta, Ana Zuñiga, María José Gallucci, Inés Olza, Carmela Pérez-Salazar, Dámaso Izquierdo and Esther Linares.

26 | 02 | 2021

The group of research on Orality (UNoral) of the School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra has joined the project for the Sociolinguistic Study of the Spanish of Spain and America (PRESEEA). This is an international initiative for the creation of a corpus of spoken Spanish language , representative of the Hispanic world in its geographical and social variety.

Coordinated by Francisco Moreno Fernández, of the University of AlcaláPRESEEA is currently composed of 46 teams of research sociolinguistics from Spain and America, dedicated to gather a bank of Materials to analyze the real use of our language in different dialectal varieties. The Pamplona team will be formed by María José Gallucci and Carmela Pérez-Salazar, from the School of Philosophy and Letters; Inés Olza, Dámaso Izquierdo and Esther Linares, from the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS); and Nekane Celayeta and Ana Zúñiga, of the School of Education and Psychology.

As Carmela Pérez-Salazar explained, "membership in PRESEEA will allow us to develop research on orality that has not been done so far at the University of Navarra. These initiatives will make it possible, on the one hand, to study the characteristic linguistic uses of Pamplona Spanish, as well as its relationship with different social variables (age, sex and Degree of instruction of the speakers); on the other hand, they will favor programs of study contrastive with the different varieties of Spanish included in PRESEEA".

The next lines of work that the group will carry out are to compile the material on which the research will be developed:"By recording, transcribing and labeling 54 interviews that we will conduct, taking into account the issue of Pamplona's inhabitants, we will create an oral corpus," says María José Gallucci. Once this first part of project is finished, they will analyze and study different characteristic features of Pamplona's speech: "The peculiarities of the city allow us to approach aspects of great interest that are typical of our dialectal variety, for example, the contact of languages or the distribution of diminutives, as well as those comparable to other Spanish-speaking urban centers, such as the formulas of treatment, attenuation, the speech referred to or phraseology, among other topics". In this way, Pamplona will become part of the group of Spanish-speaking capitals that make up the project.

Promoted by the association of Linguistics and Philology of Latin America goal (ALFAL), the project for the Sociolinguistic Study of Spanish in Spain and the Americas (PRESEEA) was created in 1996 to coordinate sociolinguistic research in Ibero-America and the Iberian Peninsula, with the aim of facilitating the comparability of the programs of study and the exchange of basic information. Precisely, one of the members of this team, María José Gallucci, has developed a good part of her research in PRESEEA Caracas.