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Susana Perez CastillejoHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Susana Pérez Castillejo will present her doctoral dissertation research "La entonación del español de Galicia desde una perspectiva sociofonética" on September 15th. Susana's areas of expertise are sociolinguistics and phonology, in particular Spanish phonology in dialect and language contact situations.

Her dissertation describes the intonational patterns of broad focus declaratives and absolute interrogatives in Galician Spanish, a poorly documented variety of Northwestern Spain in which intonation is perceived as a dialectal marker. A sociolinguistic analysis reveals five suprasegmental aspects of Galician Spanish that bear a relationship to the speakers' domain of exposure to Galician, the vernacular Romance language of the region. It also discovers two features that are subject to stylistic variation rooted in the unequal status of Galician and Spanish during the history of their contact. The status of these as contact-induced features or as changes brought about by language-internal causes is discussed, as well as other findings that contribute to our understanding of how language contact may affect intonation. This public presentation will be part of Susana's doctoral final exam.

Monday, September 15
2:30 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

PeaceSm.jpgHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Meghann Peace will present her doctoral dissertation research "That was the goal, for her to understand": Spanish anaphora in L2 speech on June 3rd. Meghann's dissertation analyzes how second language speakers of Spanish use direct object nominal and pronominal expressions in communication, as well as how they vary these expressions in accordance with the status of the direct object referent, the pragmatic conditions under which it is being expressed and the speakers' own assumptions of their listeners' abilities and knowledge. This public presentation will be part of Meghann's doctoral final exam.

Tuesday, June 3rd
1:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Corbin.1cr.jpgSpanish American Literatures & Cultures Ph.D. Candidate Megan Corbin will present her doctoral dissertation research Haunted Objects: Spectral Testimony in the Southern Cone Post-Dictatorship on May 9th. Megan's dissertation examines the role of the everyday, common object in relation to the human experience and capacity to give testimony--to communicate experiences of trauma, torture and suffering. In her research, she seeks to bring together a number of subfields: theoretical interpretation of testimonial narratives, trauma theory, memory studies, spectral theory, and object-oriented philosophy, in order to "think with things" in her analysis of narratives emerging in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile in what is called the "Post-Dictatorship" period. This public presentation will be part of Megan's doctoral final exam.

Friday, May 9th
2:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

Friday, April 25th
10:00 a.m.
112 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, February 7th
106 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

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

Hispanic Issues Series, Volume 40

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HIScover.jpgWe are happy to announce the publication of Volume 40 in the Hispanic Issues Series:

Coloniality, Religion, and the Law in the Early Iberian World
Edited by Santa Arias and Raúl Marrero-Fente. Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2014.

From postcolonial, interdisciplinary, and transnational perspectives, this collection of original essays looks at the experience of Spain's empire in the Atlantic and the Pacific and its cultural production.

For purchase see Vanderbilt University Press.

HALLAFriday, November 15th
10:00am to 11:00am
317 Folwell Hall

Please join us as Hispanic Linguistics graduate students discuss their research. This month's speakers are Meghann Peace, Luz Hernandez and Brandon Rogers.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, November 8th
317 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Marisol Soto and Daniela Goldfine, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

SPRG Nov 8.pdf

Carol Klee awarded Premio Narváez

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Klee-Premio_Narvaez-May2013-sm.jpgCarol A. Klee was recognized for her contributions to the field of Spanish studies at an awards ceremony on May 18 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul. Klee received the Premio Narváez from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for being an extraordinary teacher of Spanish who continues to be a role model and mentor for teachers throughout the state of Minnesota and across the U.S.

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg.jpgFriday, April 12th
317 Folwell Hall
3:00 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Carla Manzoni and Ángela Castro, will give presentations on their research this Friday.

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