Linguistics

Feb. 23 7:00 p.m. CBC 232-235: Barbara Gordon Memorial Lecture:

This year's speaker will be:

Shobhana Chelliah,

Professor, Linguistics Program, University of North Texas

WHAT ENDANGERED LANGUAGES TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN COGNITION

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Dr. Chelliah will also present a second talk on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:00 a.m. in CBC 232-235.

That talk will be:

COGNITIVE ACCESSIBILITY AND ANIMACY: PREDICTORS OF REFERENCE FORM IN THE TIBETO-BURMAN LANGUAGE MEITEI

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Miami FLing 2016 took place Mar. 9-12, 2016, and included the annual FLYM (Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting) and our annual LINGUISTICS MATTERS FESTIVAL, along with the 2015-16 BARBARA GORDON MEMORIAL LECTURE.

Information on the event can be found here:

https://english.fiu.edu/linguistics/programs-and-offerings/barbara-gordon-memorial-lecture-series/

Information on the previous's events:

2015 Barbara Gordon Lecture and Linguistics Festival

- We anticipate, pending approval, the opening of a new, inter-disciplinary PhD Program in Linguistics for the 2016-17 session. For details and information, please contact Prof. Mueller Gathercole, at vmueller@fiu.edu.

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 an undergraduate Linguistics Certificate acknowledging that a student has demonstrated competence in course work pertaining to the study of linguistics.

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 traditional 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.

Information on Current Linguistics and Affiliated Faculty

Information on Individual Faculty Members

The FIU Linguistics program was until 2001 the home of The Carrier Pidgin, an international newsleter in Creole Studies, edited by Professor Tometro Hopkins. FIU also organized and hosted five International Creole Language Workshops.

Please contact Prof. Virginia Mueller Gathercole, the Director of Linguistics, or Dr. Feryal Yavas, the Assistant Director, for additional information at Linguistics@fiu.edu or at (305) 348-3096

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Virginia Mueller Gathercole, Director
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Feryal Yavas, Assistant Director
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Linguistics Web Pages: Contact: vmueller@fiu.edu.