The Linguistics Program is housed administratively in the English Department, but has affiliated faculty in English, Modern Languages, Psychology, and Communication Sciences and Disorders. We currently offer an M.A. in Linguistics, as well as a Certificate acknowledging that a student has demonstrated competence in course work pertaining to the study of linguistics. advisor in selecting courses.
We have an exciting array of courses and conduct a range of research related to Linguistics and related disciplines. Linguistics is a discipline of prime importance to the local community and to that of the State of Florida. Miami-Dade County is home to over 2 million people who speak a language other than or in addition to English. The top 15 languages spoken include several Romance languages, including Spanish (spoken by approximately 60% of the population), Portuguese, and Italian; French and French-based Creoles; German and German-based Yiddish; several languages of the Middle East, including Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek; Chinese; Russian; Tagalog; and Urdu. The county also incorporates speakers of at least 63 other languages from around the world. We are among the top 10 counties in the entire U.S. in the number of speakers for 14 of those languages. In the 2010 U.S. Census, Miami-Dade County reflected the highest percentage of big-city homes where a language other than English was spoken: 70%. That figure was far greater than for the counties comprising Los Angeles (56%), San Francisco (44%), Houston (41%), New York (as high as 54% in Queens County), Chicago (33%), Dallas (39%), and the District of Columbia (14%). The presence of this rich linguistic mix poses both opportunities and challenges in relation to research and study and the potential impacts of this research.
The Linguistics Program at FIU offers “pure” linguistic research; research on bilingual language development and bilingual language use in children and adults; research on the neurological bases of language; research on the relation between language and culture as well as between language and cognition; research on the sociolinguistic contexts and phenomena related to language interaction in bilingual speakers and in a multilingual society; research on educational issues concerning simultaneous bilingual children, early second-language-learning children, late second-language learners, dialect differences, and related issues; research on the processing and production of language; and so on.
The FIU Linguistics program is the home of The Carrier Pidgin, an international newsleter in Creole Studies, edited by Professor Tometro Hopkins. FIU also organizes and hosts the biennial International Creole Language Workshop.
Please contact Dr. Tometro Hopkins, the Program Director, for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (305) 348-3096
Tometro Hopkins, Director