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Iberian and Latin American Linguistics

In the Iberian and Latin American Linguistics track, students pursue coursework in areas that bridge theoretical and applied approaches in the study of the structural and meaning-bearing properties of standardized and local languages, the sociolinguistics of the Ibero-American world, the development of second languages in natural and academic settings, and the qualitative and quantitative analysis of speech samples collected in the field and in the laboratory. This training is supported and augmented by coursework in the core linguistic areas of phonology and syntax as well as in the research methods of phonetics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, psycholinguistics, and anthropological linguistics through the offerings in graduate programs in this and allied departments.

The entering student must hold a bachelor's degree with a major in Spanish or Portuguese or must demonstrate equivalent knowledge. In either case, all students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. The second language may be any language other than English that is relevant to the student's proposed field of study and is approved by the graduate advisor. This requirement may be fulfilled by exam, previous credit, or 10-12 hours of additional coursework.


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Foreign language education
  • Spanish in Contact
  • Heritage Languages
  • Syntax


  • Research in Spanish Lingustics
  • Heritage Languages
  • Romance Syntax
  • Lingustics Code Switching
  • Spanish in Contact with Indigenous Languages
  • Foreign Languages in the Digital World
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Research Methods for Applied Lingusitics
  • Second Language Acquisition



  • University teaching and research
  • Language and education technology development
  • Higher education leadership
  • UX research
  • International business and marketing


  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Google

Core Faculty

Orlando R. Kelm

The teaching of foreign language for professional purposes, Use of technology in foreign language education, Portuguese and Spanish phonetics, Applied linguistics. Beyond academic interests, here is Prof. Kelm's photo portfolio:

Charlie Nagle

second language acquisition, second language speech learning, speech perception and production, individual differences, quantitative research methods, phonetics and phonology, acoustic phonetics

Sergio Romero

Language variation and change; language contact; new dialect formation; deixis, discourse and social hierarchies; linguistic anthropology, language and ritual, Mayan languages, Nahuatl.

Sandro Sessarego

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Bilingualism and Language Contact, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Caribbean Studies, US Latino and Border Studies, Afro-Latin American and African Studies



For administrative matters and logistical inquiries: Graduate Coordinator, Josephine Foster

Concerning academic aspects of the program: Dr. Charlie Nagle or Dr. Kelly McDonough