Robert Borges (linguist)

I am a linguist with a background in sociolinguistics, language description, and linguistic typology. My main research interests center around the relationship between social identity, multilingualism, and language change.

The prominent theme covered in my research is language change, especially the relationship between change on the one hand, and social identity and multilingual language practice on the other. My research has progressed from a strictly diachronic perspective to include aspects of synchronic variationist linguistics, and more recently second language acquisition and psycholinguistic perspectives on multilingualism. Nevertheless, the underlying questions in my research remain diachronically oriented. Throughout my studies and career as a linguist, I have been engaged with inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of language, relying on data-driven and usage-based accounts of language as a basis for both research and teaching.

Recent Research

I am interested in the continued pursuit of two interrelated lines of research, which align with my broad interest in language evolution in multilingual contexts and empirical methodologies: (1) automating spoken-language corpora development, and (2) the study of new speakers of endangered minority languages. Some further detail can be found on the Research tab.

In my current position in the Department of English and American Studies at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, I am mainly engaged with building infrastructure for a large scale parallel, multilingual corpus of spoken-language data from the European Parliament.

I plan to post further details about this corpus in the near future...