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The importance of words

The importance of words is a topic discussed on “A vivir que son dos días” on Cadena Ser, where Javier del Pino, along with Ana Fuentes, Sarah Morris, Íñigo Domínguez, and Mathieu de Taillac, review the week’s news. Joining the conversation is Luisa Martín Rojo, Professor of Linguistics at the Autonomous University of Madrid and director of the MIRCo Research Center (Multilingualism, Discourse, and Communication), to examine the use of words and the distortion of fundamental concepts. Around the 20-minute mark, Luisa Martín Rojo explains how, in political debates, various parties appropriate the meanings of words such as freedom, terrorism, immigrant, among others. With the correspondents, Luisa discusses the consequences of these appropriations and how we can respond to them.

A world without capitalism

In the fourth episode of JSLX Conversations, Prof. Luisa Martín Rojo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) meets Prof. Christian W. Chun (University of Massachusetts Boston) to talk about Chun’s recent book “A World Without Capitalism: Alternative Discourses, Spaces and Imaginaries” published by Routledge.

Speaking English in Spain: a question of class

We spoke with Daniel Sánchez Caballero, editor of elDiario.es, and with Luisa Martín Rojo, professor of Linguistics at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Additionally, we heard from two English teachers: one works in a private school and the other in public education.

How we Spaniards learn languages

With Ana Fuentes, Hans-Günter Kellner, Mathieu de Taillac and Sarah Morris we review the week’s news. Today we ask ourselves how and why we learn other languages ​​with Luisa Martín Rojo, professor of General Linguistics at the Autonomous University of Madrid and director of the research center Multilingualism, Discourse and Communication (MIRco).

"The pain of language"

Maite Puigdevall professor of Arts and Humanities Studies. expert in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language policy and planning, she talks to us about the pain of language speakers who are being lost at different stages. About the discomfort and sadness related to the conception that a world of reference is coming to an end, such as, for example, with Catalan in Alghero or because of the suffering of not speaking one’s own language.

The language without a street

Gatibu singer Alex Sardui sat down with Estíbaliz Amorrortu, professor and researcher at the University of Deusto. She guides the conversation around the habits of young people and their resistance to speaking a language that, for the most part, they link to the academic field.MIRCo (Multilingualism, Discourse and Communication) is an international center for interdisciplinary research, based at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).


The cool girls can talk about whatever we want (with or without gheada) and that’s why in this episode, accompanied by Vera, we choose a topic that generates love and hate in equal measure: sociolinguistics.

Glottopolitics and critical sociolinguistics

Summary in English: In this episode of JSLX Conversations podcast in Spanish, Daniela Lauria (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Miguel Pérez-Milans (University College London) give an overview of the genealogies of glotopolítica and critical sociolinguistics and discuss their similarities and differences. The guest speakers’ brief introductions revolve around their academic training, scholarly trajectories and contacts with both traditions. Lauria is affiliated with glotopolítica while Pérez-Milans has been trained in critical sociolinguistics.