The VARILEX Project - Spanish Lexical Variation


  • Antonio Ruiz Tinoco Sophia University
  • Hiroto Ueda University of Tokyo


Spanish is a multinational language, spoken in very different geographical regions,
that is developing with surprising vitality. Due to distance, there are many issues
that cannot be adequately addressed by a small number of researchers dispersed in
more than twenty countries around the world and faced with challenges of communication and a lack of computerization. An exhaustive and automated study of the language of all the Spanish-speaking regious does not yet exist. Our research group, established in 1993 in Veracruz, has created an international network of Spanish lexical variation, VARtLEX (Variaci6n lexica del espanol).

Author Biographies

Antonio Ruiz Tinoco, Sophia University

Professor of Spanish & Sp. Linguistics at Sophia University, Tokyo. Language variation, dialectology, data visualization, corpus linguistics.

Hiroto Ueda, University of Tokyo

My specialty is Spanish linguistics, the study of the structure or function of the phonology, grammar, and lexicon of Spanish. In more concrete terms, I analyze the language data inputted to computers by various programs, and explore fixed tendencies or regularities in it. Furthermore, I have been continuing to investigate the regional variation of Modern Spanish by means of fieldwork or mail survey.




How to Cite

Tinoco, A. R., & Ueda, H. (2014). The VARILEX Project - Spanish Lexical Variation. Linguistica Atlantica, 27, 117–121. Retrieved from