LINGUISTICS SPEAKER SERIES

Friday, April 8 at 3pm
Greene Hall 145

Within-Sight: Illuminating Heritage Variability via Intra-Group and Intra-Speaker Analyses

David Giancaspro
University of Richmond

In the relatively young field of heritage language (HL) research, investigators have focused extensively on between-group comparisons, that is to say, comparisons between the linguistic behavior of heritage speakers (HSs) and some type of “baseline” or “control” group (e.g., monolinguals or bilingual first-generation immigrants). Typically, at least in the context of HSs of Spanish in the United States, such comparisons tend to reveal statistically significant differences between the HSs, who often exhibit some type of innovative linguistic behavior (e.g., over-production or over-acceptance of “non-target” HL forms), and a “baseline” group, which usually adheres either categorically (or at least more closely) to so-called standard HL variants. While researchers continue to actively debate the labels that should be used to describe differences between HSs and comparison groups, much less attention has been paid to the underlying logic and value of the between-group comparisons themselves. To what extent can we really understand heritage grammars by comparing them to the grammars of other speakers?

In the present talk, I highlight a commonly overlooked pattern—namely, that HSs’ knowledge of HL properties often both differs from and closely resembles that of baseline groups—and suggest, in light of this pattern, that the best analytical tools for understanding heritage grammars are within-group and within-speaker analyses, respectively. To illustrate the value of foregrounding within-group and within-speaker comparisons, I review recent evidence (Giancaspro, Perez-Cortes & Higdon, 2022) that HSs’ variable (and yet still systematic) production of subjunctive mood morphology in Spanish is modulated by morphological regularity (e.g., whether a verb is regular or “irregular”), a factor that does not appear to shape the subjunctive mood production of so-called “baseline” or “Spanish-dominant” speakers. Following this thorough review, I conclude by showcasing two additional ways that heritage language researchers might choose to look “within” as they seek to better understand variability in HL grammars.

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Linguistics Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 23 at 4:30
Virtual Talk (Zoom link to be provided)

The Representation of Transgender Identities in the Colombian Press:
A Qualitative and Quantitative Discourse Analysis.

Dr. Javier García León
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Over the last two decades, Latin American newspapers, talk shows, television news, and films have been increasingly representing transness. An excellent example is the case of Miss Maria, Skirting the mountain (2017), a Colombian documentary screened in more than one hundred cinemas in this country, as well as at festivals around the world. This higher coverage in the media, however, juxtaposes with the fact that trans people continue to face high rates of violence in Colombia. As a result, the relationship between trans visibility and vulnerability is complex and raises a series of questions: How does media depict transgender people? What labels are generally used to name trans individuals? and What discursive strategies are used to construct transness? To answer these questions, in this talk, I will present the analysis of an extensive corpus of Colombian newspaper articles (El Tiempo and El Espectador) published in the last three decades. The analysis mixes quantitative and qualitative research methods by combining Queer Linguistics and Cultural Studies of Representation with Trans Theory. Results suggests that the linguistic choices observed in the Colombian press to name transgender people are often linked to sociopolitical and ideological preferences; in particular, to the implication that Colombian newspapers have created a stereotypical and spectacular representation of trans individuals while also appropriating and commodifying trans identities. This talk contributes to 1) understand the intersection between language, transness, and media in Colombia, 2) question dominant discursive constructions of gender identities, and 3) propose different approaches to explore media discourses of the transgender community in Latin America.

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UNCG – MA programs

It is my pleasure to write to you on behalf of my colleagues in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UNC Greensboro to ask you to encourage your promising and committed undergraduate students to apply to one of our graduate programs. Master students in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures benefit from working with excellent, dedicated faculty. Our program prides itself in providing a very well-rounded and student-centered education, which supports each student’s particular career goals and needs.

Competitive assistantships include a stipend and in-state tuition waiver. Assistantships typically require 20 hours a week of work supporting faculty and staff in the department, teaching language classes and/or serving as research/office assistants. Assistantships are not available for part-time students or students who have a full-time job, however, these students often receive scholarship funds to help cover a portion of their costs. Also, please see the attachment on a new partnership with Guilford County Schools that is offering full funding (tuition, fees, and stipend) for students interested in providing tutoring to K-12 students.

Excellent applicants who do not qualify for an assistantship will be considered for fellowships to help cover a portion of tuition or other costs. For more about the cost of attending UNCG click here.

We offer three programs:
• Masters in Arts in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (M.A in Spanish or French and Francophone Studies)
• Masters in Arts in Teaching (MAT in Spanish or French)
• Masters of Education and Curriculum Instruction (MEd in Spanish or French)

I want to make sure to let you know that we recently made a change in our application requirements so that standardized tests -GRE or MAT- are not required. For more information about graduate studies at UNCG, please visit The Graduate School.

To apply online, please go to:
UNCG Grad Apply

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to schedule a (zoom or on-campus) meeting with me via email c_cabell@uncg.edu

Best wishes,

Claudia Cabello Hutt
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Introducing Linguistics & English Language at the University of Edinburgh

Hello and greetings from Scotland!

We are extremely excited about language sciences here at Edinburgh, and are always looking for ways of sharing that excitement more broadly.

The University of Edinburgh is a centuries-old center of learning in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, with a truly global outlook:

· We’re consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world

· We offer a one-year postgraduate degree, excellent either as a pathway towards a PhD or as a terminal degree

· You can study with a world-leading, 40-strong faculty across a wide range of topics including speech technology, applied & developmental linguistics, the study of the English language and evolution of language & cognition.

Find out more: here

We look forward to meeting you and wish you all the best with your studies. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Dr Hannah Rohde, Linguistics & English Language MSc Convenor

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOYgll1PRBQ

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: www.spanport.indiana.edu. Also, feel free to contact Professor Anke Birkenmaier (abirkenm@indiana.edu) or their Graduate Office (gradhisp@indiana.edu) with any questions.

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