A lecture by
Rafael Núñez-Cedeño
University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, May 1st
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
105 Folwell Hall

The appearance of [s]/[h] in unexpected contexts (hereafter "Surprise-[s]") - e.g. negativa[s]mente 'negatively', atra[s]co 'robbery'- in speech varieties that we will call "popular Dominican Spanish" (PDS) has been the topic of numerous analyses. Among other claims, Surprise-[s] has been regarded as hypercorrection of the deletion of rhyme /s/ (Henríquez Ureña 1975, Andrade 2009, Terrell 1986, Núñez Cedeño 1988, Harris 2002); it has been held to be subject to constraints on syllable position (Terrell 1986, Núñez Cedeño 1988, Harris 2002, Bradley 2006); it has been thought to obey voicing restrictions across a word boundary and phrase finally  (Morgan 1998, Bullock and Toribio 2010, Bullock et al. 2014). In this presentation we focus our attention on Bullock et al's. (2014) hypotheses that Surprise-[s] is followed predominantly by voiceless stops, and that this alleged distributional restriction is theoretically significant, and further consider its behavior in phrasal contexts. First, we propose that the distribution of Surprise-[s] is not due to any phonological restriction but rather to the lexical frequencies of consonants. Second, we demonstrate the interplay between aspiration or deletion of /s/ and Surprise-[s].  We argue that surprise-[s] resists resyllabification because silent positions (Selkirk 1984), which we contend are still present at the post-lexical stratum, block the process from occurring, while a lexically-derived [s]/[h] can resyllabify because there is not a  physically realized pause intervening between adjoining words; it is a matter of fast speech.

Further information can be found at: z.umn.edu/nunezcedeno

Lecture by Professor Virginia ZavalaZavala-Image-300x300.jpg
Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Monday, April 27th
103 Folwell Hall

This talk will be based on ethnographic research about a language policy favoring Quechua in the Apurímac region of the southern Peruvian Andes, which has developed in the context of the decentralization of the central government since 2000. At least at the level of official policy documents, the region is being imagined as a community of apurimenians unified by the local language, which creates an emotional identification with the region. In this talk, I will analyze the power relationships that are constructed between a community of practice of Quechua "experts" and the rest of Quechua-speaking people from Apurímac. Although the declared wish is to build a regional "us", Quechua experts interpret and negotiate language policy from particular language and literacy ideologies and end up establishing identity divisions between "us" and "them" through tactics of intersubjectivity based on difference, authority and authenticity (Bucholtz 2003). This work follows earlier studies about language ideological battles in relation to Quechua and shows that, after several decades, the former top-down language policies coming from the capital city are now being reproduced within the Quechua-speaking social actors themselves, and the conflict has diversified into new dilemmas.

Further information at: http://z.umn.edu/zavala

Towards a Theory of Situated Languaging

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Lecture by Per Linell
Senior Professor in the Department of Education, Communication and Learning at Gothenburg University, Sweden

Friday, April 17, 2015
125 Nicholson Hall
10:30 am-12:00 pm

PL-Book-image-Sm.jpgThere is an ongoing perspective shift in the language sciences from unquestionably assuming abstract language systems to be primary with regard to language use, to the opposite assumption with situated languaging (language use) in talk, text events, new media, etc. as the primary phenomenon of language. This shift will move linguistics from structuralism to substantialism (but still with a fair amount of structuralism), and it will require partly new approaches to most domains of language study, as compared to modern linguistics of the 20th century. I argue that these theories of situated languaging should build on a dialogical meta-theory of human sense-making. Such a meta-theory is an antidote to monological theories of individualist information processing in cognition, unidirectional transfer in communication, and code models of language.

In this lecture I will sketch the implications of the meta-theory of dialogical activities for theories of syntax, lexicology/semantics, phonology and pragmatics. Other topics that will be mentioned, and at least minimally discussed, in the lecture are the embodiment of language, the relation of language to non-linguistic semiotic resources, the participatory agency of speakers (and other participants), and the relationship of talk and writing.

Further reading at z.umn.edu/perlinell

Alumni Reunion

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Just-M-of-UofM.jpgCome back to Folwell Hall and spend the morning with us. Learn again from esteemed University scholars, hear from current students about their experiences inside and outside the classroom, and get tips from expert alumni and friends.

Saturday, April 25
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Folwell Hall

Cost $25 ($10 will support students in the department of your choice)

To view the Program and Register go to z.umn.edu/reunion or to register by phone, call 612-624-2345.

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Second Annual Graduate Student Conference in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
April 10 & 11, 2015
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus

Keynote Speakers:

Ana Celia Zentella, Professor Emerita, UCSD
"Bilinguals and Borders: Patrolling Languages and Identities on the US-Mexico Border"

Vincent Barletta, Associate Professor, Stanford University
"Blackness, Rhythm, and Empire in Renaissance Portugal"

More Information HERE.

Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG)

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, March 13, 2015
317 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Nico Ramos Flores will be presenting on "Black Places, Ghetto Spaces: Dominican American Blackness in Junot Diaz's short stories," and Natalia Espana will be presenting on "Larra y su discurso irónico."


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University of Minnesota and College of St. Benedict /St. John's University
March 12-14, 2015

Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG)

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, February 13, 2015
113 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Ross Sandell and Kevin Huselid, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!


​Center for Early Modern History
"Unraveling the Secret of Basilio's Code and its Intellectual Consequences"

a lecture by
Luis Anchondo
Visiting Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Friday, February 6, 2015
1210 Heller Hall

Bearing Witness 70 Years after the Liberation of Auschwitz

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iPhoto-Library.jpgFeaturing Artist Felix de la Concha's
"Portraits and Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah"
A multi-media art project that delves into the act of bearing witness

5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Weisman Art Museum
Monday, January 26, 2015

Free and open to the public reservations required!
Please make your reservations by clicking here or calling the event line at 612-424-3624. Parking available in the Weisman Art Museum garage.