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Crisscrossing and complementing the research clusters of The Greater Mediterranean and Postcolonial Lives and Modernities, faculty in the Spanish section of our department offer research and teaching agendas from within the fields of Linguistics. RLL faculty in Linguistics work across the fields of Spanish sociophonetics, phonology, bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world, computational models of language, second language acquisition, sociophonetic regional variations in the Iberian south, psycholinguistics, language contact phenomena in the context of U.S. (Afro-)Latinx identity and culture, language and racism, the linguistic components  of popular Latinx music culture, and south-south (Afrikaans-Spanish) linguistic, cultural, and racial entanglements in contemporary postcolonial Patagonia. The public-facing character of faculty research, teaching, and mentoring in the fields of Linguistics can best be appreciated via the longstanding collective projects founded by RLL faculty: En Nuestra Lengua, a community-based Saturday Spanish academic program for Spanish-speaking children, grades Pre-K to 5; the Speech Production Lab; and the broad collaborative research project titled From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of Displacement. RLL research in Linguistics promotes innovative theoretical and field-based research that allows students to explore the consequences and complexities of language contact, including the dynamics of bilingualism, regional linguistic differentiation, and pidgins and creoles born directly from the Romance histories of the Greater Mediterranean, Colonialism, and the Postcolonial world.


Faculty: García-Amaya, Henriksen, Satterfield.