Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian Literatures & Languages


José del Valle

Committee Members

Miki Makihara

Beatriz Lado

Susana Rodríguez-Barcia

Subject Categories

Spanish Linguistics


Glotopolítica, ideologías lingüísticas, lengua y violencia, Colombia


This study explores the forms of invisible violence that inhabit contemporary representations of the Spanish language in Colombia and which, under institutional protection, manage to intervene in its social order. The general hypothesis proposed in this work is that, language representations in Colombia are discursively naturalized and reproduce categories oriented towards the nation’s social, political and cultural order. Once normalized in that sense, these beliefs produce invisible forms of violence that tend to be reproduced through language discourses in which the main ideological power lies in their apparently apolitical nature. These discourses are thus not read critically, but they are deeply rooted in the national linguistic imaginary since they enjoy wide diffusion and institutional support, to the point where they are in fact represented as a means of defense of the cultural heritage of all Colombians.