The aim of the Socio-Linguistic Study and Spanish in Spain and Latin America Project (PRESEA) is to generate a corpus of the spoken Spanish language that represents the geographical and social variety of the Hispanic world.
The aim of this Project is to promote exchanges between professors and researchers from different settings, all of whom have an interest in the study of the nature of specialist discourse. This also applies to teaching Spanish as a foreign language and the consequences that this study will hold for Spanish Business Language teaching.
This project was undertaken by the Royal Academy of Spanish and the Association of Spanish Language Academies in 2007, with the sponsorship of Banco Santander, the collaboration of the Comillas Foundation and the participation of several Spanish universities. The twenty-one Academies in Latin America and the Philippines work in coordination with the RSA and have set up work groups in the Argentine and Puerto Rican academies.
This project was carried out in collaboration with La Goleta, a publishing company with experience in the publication of Linguistic Atlases, and the University of Alcalá. The project is directed by Carlos and Antonio Alvar, while the theoretical framework is geographical linguistics. It also studies the lexical variety of the Spanish language, which is one of the principle academic lines of study in the Comillas Foundation.
The project is directed by the general secretary of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, Humberto López Morales. The project itself consists of 20 Spanish and Latin American researchers who all work with the same methodological criteria to study didactics of the Spanish language in the Hispanic world and provide concrete solutions.
The framework for this project is the Information and Communication Technologies and it consists in a multimedia application named “Convincing to negotiate”. The work is carried out by the Mouro Island R&D group, pertaining to the Department of Education of the University of Cantabria, headed by its principle investigator, José Antonio del Barrio Campo.
A monolingual dictionary for advanced students, mainly designed for production. The initial nomenclature was established according to frequency and usage, extracted from various types of discourse (the Sketch Engine tool was used to analyze combinations and other features in the Spanish Web Corpus). It can be searched on-line for detailed information and a large number of examples divided into two or three possible description levels.
The “Expansion of the Dictionary of Spanish Speech Particles” project is developed under the direction of the researcher Antonio Briz Gómez, the Chair Professor at the Spanish Philology Department of the University of Valencia.
This Project includes the preparation of a corpus of Spanish for business that will become the curricular plan in this specific field. This plan is supported by the Comillas Foundation and will contribute greatly to progress in the training and research of Spanish for business teaching methods.