Graduate Programs at Indiana University, Bloomington

M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Portuguese, as well as Ph.D. Minors offered in Catalan and Portuguese. They offer student academic appointments, which provide a competitive stipend of $18,000/year, full fee remission of up to $37,000 in tuition, and health insurance to all admitted students. Masters students are funded for two years, and Doctoral students can be funded for at least an additional five years, making a total of up to seven years for those pursuing the M.A. and Ph.D. Students are also eligible for competitive recruitment and diversity fellowships as well as fellowships allowing for collaborative research with faculty members, and they can apply for a number of departmental and university-wide fellowships to support research and conference travel.

Please take a moment to watch their faculty and students talk about their experiences with the programs and at Indiana University, Bloomington in the following video:

The Program distinguishes itself from others with its focus on cutting edge research training. Graduate students can take advantage of exceptional resources when conducting research. Indiana University houses one of the largest Latin American and Iberian book collections in the country at the Wells Library and the Lilly Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Engagement with theory and interdisciplinary research is encouraged at the Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities, and a host of interdisciplinary research centers. Linguistics students have access to course offerings in several departments such as Linguistics, Second Language Studies, Psychology, the Cognitive Science Program, and more. Students also receive training in classroom teaching and professionalization through their Classroom Pedagogy class, as well as workshops, our departmental Professionalization Workshop Series, and experienced career training staff. Faculty specialty areas are broad, including various branches of linguistics, and a wide range of fields, periods and approaches to Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx literature, film, culture. They offer students a comprehensive and rigorous preparation in whichever of these disciplines they choose. The size of the program (22 tenure-track faculty, ca. 82 students) enables individualized mentoring and guidance.

This year, a selection of accepted domestic applicants to their M.A. and Ph.D. Programs will be invited for an on-campus visit in March of 2022. There also will be a virtual open house in March for everybody, including international applicants and those unable to travel, where applicants will be meeting their cohort, graduate students, and faculty from the Department.

Departmental website for more information about your particular academic interests: Also, feel free to contact Professor Anke Birkenmaier ( or their Graduate Office ( with any questions.

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Graduate Degree Opportunities at UNC Chapel Hill

UNC’s Graduate Programs in Linguistics

There are now two opportunties:

(1)  A terminal MA in Linguistics, and

(2)  An MA/PhD in Hispanic Linguistics in collaboration with the Department of Romance Studies. (Application Deadline is December 14, 2021)

We would be grateful if you could forward this message and the attached flyers to any of your students who might be interested in pursuing an MA in Linguistics or an MA/PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at UNC Chapel Hill.

For questions about the MA in Linguistics, please write to Elliott Moreton ( 

For questions about the MA/PhD in Hispanic Linguistics, please write to both Elliott Moreton (moreton@email.unc.eduand Lamar Graham (

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Linguistics Circle Talk

Language Ideologies as Urban Infrastructure: A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Identity, Belonging, and Multilingualism in Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. Jessica Sujata Chandras

Friday, September 17
3:30- 4:30
Greene 162

By examining the contemporary multiscriptual and multilingual landscape of the city of Pune, Maharashtra, this paper addresses the theme of “Circulation” for the International Conference on Maharashtra, by exploring the ways language ideologies circulate about Marathi, English, Urdu, and Hindi to illuminate a linguistic infrastructure of the city. I argue that language ideologies, as beliefs about languages and their speakers that motivate behavior, provide a way for Pune residents to organize socio-spatial knowledge of the city and navigate belonging (Schieffelin et al, 1998). Through qualitative ethnographic research from 2016 to 2018, this linguistic anthropological study extends a discussion of the power of both written and spoken language to socially construct understandings of identity and belonging (Jaffe & De Koning 2015, Lynch 1960). Data includes seven mental maps drawn by interlocutors to show their understanding of the city’s socio-spatial linguistic boundaries and images of signage in three distinct Pune neighborhoods to analyze contemporary urban Indian multilingual and multiscriptual space as a cultural category (Duranti & Goodwin 1992, Feld & Basso 1996). Findings indicate that the use and broadly circulating knowledge of different languages and scripts in the city coincide with many socio-political identifying features and social stratification through caste categories, socioeconomic statuses, and religious/ethnic backgrounds. Understanding a city’s infrastructure and spatial organization through language guides Pune residents’ experiences of the city and their roles within it.

Keywords: Language, Identity, Mapping, Multilingualism, India

Author Biography

Jessica Sujata Chandras is an anthropologist trained in ethnographic methods with a focus on linguistic and sociocultural anthropology. She joined the anthropology department at Wake Forest University in 2021 as a visiting assistant professor in anthropology. She researches intersections of language, identity, and education in India and her current research and manuscript, Mother Tongue Aspirations, extends this topic to focus on interactions of caste and language in education.

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Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2021

Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2021

October 7th-9th, 2021
Online via Zoom

Visit the HLS website for more details!



The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2021 has been sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute with support made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this conference, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event has also received generous support from the following Wake Forest University organizations:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Office of the Provost
  • Department of Spanish and Italian
  • Linguistics Program
  • Latin American and Latino Studies Program




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