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Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.

We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.

Department News

  • Towards a Theory of Situated Languaging

    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

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  • Alumni Reunion

    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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  • Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG)

    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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  • THE STATE OF IBEROAMERICAN STUDIES SERIES

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    XX THE STATE OF IBEROAMERICAN STUDIES SERIES
    HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES / HUMAN RIGHTS AND THEATER
    A TRIBUTE TO REVISTA CONJUNTO: CASA DE LAS AMERICAS 50 + 1

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

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