Carlos Soler Montes

Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 3.20

50 George Square
Post code
Edinburgh, EH8 9LH



Dr Carlos Soler Montes is a Lecturer at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures where he  teaches Hispanic Linguistics and advanced Spanish Language courses.  He started working at The University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and e-Learning Coordinator. He is currently the Learning and Teaching Director of the Department of European Languages and Cultures.  

Studying the Spanish language in Spain and Latin America has always been his passion and a source of inspiration. As a researcher, Carlos is particularly interested in the area of language variation from a pan-Hispanic and pluricentric perspective and how this variation can be dealt with by native speakers, as well as learners of Spanish and new speakers of the language. This is reflected in his research trajectory in Hispanic Linguistics as he has examined the ways in which Spanish grammar varies across different Hispanic regions, its particularities, cultural connections and social contacts with other languages.

Carlos is very committed to teaching. He has obtained a thorough training in language pedagogy and has worked as a Spanish language teacher throughout his career, teaching Spanish Language courses and Spanish Linguistics at The University of Connecticut, The University of Calgary and The University of New Mexico. Prior to joining The University of Edinburgh, he also worked for ten years at Instituto Cervantes (the Spanish National Cultural Institute) as academic coordinator, curriculum specialist, teacher trainer and quality evaluator. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Carlos is the winner of the 2017 Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Award for Best Feedback.


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Spain.
  • Advanced Studies Postgraduate Diploma in Hispanic Linguistics, UNED, Spain.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Language and Literature Teaching, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • Master of Arts in Hispanic Literatures, The University of Connecticut, USA.
  • Undergraduate Degree in Spanish Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Director of Learning and Teaching, Department of European Languages and Cultures.
  • Programme Director (Spanish and Portuguese), Centre for Bilingualism Matters.
  • School Representative for the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML).
  • Review Editor, Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, Routledge, Taylor and Francis.
  • External Examiner, Spanish Language Programmes, University of Strathclyde and The Open University.

Undergraduate teaching

Course Organiser:

  • Hispanic Linguistics. 
  • Bilingualism and Language Contact in the Spanish-speaking World. 
  • Year Abroad Coordinator (Spanish and Portuguese).
  • Spanish Year Abroad online language learning course.


Academic year 2020/2021 - Semester 1:

  • Hispanic Linguistics.
  • Spanish 1B. History of Spanish Language (Weeks 2-5). 
  • Spanish Year Abroad online language learning course.

Academic year 2020/2021 -  Semester 2:

  • Bilingualism and Language Contact in the Spanish-speaking World. 
  • Dynamics of Language and Power. European Languages outside Europe (Weeks 4-5).
  • Spanish Year Abroad online language learning course.

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Applied Linguistics.

School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Carlos welcomes enquiries from PhD applicants interested in pursuing topics within the field of Spanish Language and Hispanic Linguistics:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Bilingualism and Language Contact
  • History of Language
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Second Language Teaching 

Current PhD students supervised

  • Lourdes Barquín Sanmartín
  • Alina Kalamova
  • Mario Saborido Beltrán
  • Paula Teixeira Moláns

Research summary

Carlos' scholarly interests reside at the intersection of Applied Linguistics and Language Education. His publications are related to the fields of Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Second Language Pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on Language Variation, Second Language Acquisition, Language Contact and Social Bilingualism.

Since his research area reflects upon the limits of Spanish language norm, the different regional uses and how they manifest and vary,  he has always been interested in investigating the role of language acquisition and learning in processes of language change too. In some of his publications Carlos explains how the recognition of Spanish geographical features gives significant clues to a deeper understanding of the language and its characteristics from the language student perspective.

The study Carlos conducted for his PhD focused on the potential of the description and systematisation of significant varying linguistic patterns of Spanish across the Atlantic, its implications within the Spanish native language use and its applications towards the full development of Spanish students’ second language sociolinguistic and communicative competence. Part of this work has already led to various research outcomes and publications.

Using the latest online instructional software and technologies has always been an ongoing professional commitment and a research interest too. Carlos has had the opportunity to design and develop innovative resources in different digital formats and lead research projects to provide Spanish language students with access to all kinds of learning possibilities.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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Project activity

Carlos is presently working on various projects that explore current grammatical variation phenomena in the Spanish-speaking World. The grammar of the Spanish language is highly complex and so far defies definitive or exhaustive treatment. For these projects Carlos is carrying out a detailed analysis of the verbal system use in different varieties of Spanish from data and evidence found in corpus-based narratives of educated speakers from various cities of Spain and Latin America. In previous research he has noted how the verbal system in Spanish significantly differs from region to region. These are major grammaticalization processes, as he has been able to confirm in the case of the past tenses in Central Spain and the Andean countries.

Past project grants

Moray Endowment Fund (2018/2019): The University of Edinburgh.
The Moray Endowment Fund is intended to support original research in any discipline via an annual competition. The Fund supports pump-priming of research projects to attract outside support, topping-up funds for research projects, for which support has been exhausted, requests for equipment in the broadest sense of the word, etc.

Santander ‘Kick-start’ Research Fund (2018/2019): Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies, The University of Edinburgh. 
This funding is aimed to assist and promote researchers across the University in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on contemporary Latin American studies, as well as to generate opportunities for engaging post-graduate students and early career researchers. The Santander funding scheme is aimed to the allocation of seed funding to collaborative and interdisciplinary project proposals, which demonstrate to be able to ‘kick-start’ and promote the development of further research.

UK - Mexico Visiting Chair Mobility Grant (2016/2017): Universidad de Guadalajara.
In an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI's in Mexico and the United Kingdom, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in November 2015 to establish the UK-MX Visiting Chair. The MoU was signed during the dual year of the UK in Mexico and Mexico in the UK. The Visiting Chair provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in Mexico.

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