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Language Acquisition Lab

In the Language Acquisition Lab we investigate how language develops in typically-developing adults learning a second language and in typically and atypically developing children learning first languages. Though our work has applied dimensions, such as improved language teaching and improved language disorder diagnosis, our interests center on our basic scientific goal of gaining insight into the nature of linguistic cognition and its representation in theoretical linguistic models.

Sociolinguistics Lab

The Sociolinguistics Lab is a resource available to all faculty and graduate students who are working on sociolinguistic topics. Lab affiliates can check out a variety of recording equipment, use software installed on four lab computers, and use the lab space for meetings and interviews. The purpose of the sociolinguistics lab is to support research on sociolinguistics in the department, with a special emphasis on fieldwork and data analysis.

Speech Analysis Lab

The Speech Analysis Lab houses research in phonetics and phonology, and related fields, within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The lab is located in Hagerty Hall 154, and it offers a space for instructional and research activities related to the study of sounds, including recordings, workshops, presentations and collaborative projects. Lab users have access to recording and data analysis equipment. 



Alter/nativas, latin american cultural studies journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and indexed online scholarly journal associated with the Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University. Each issue will have a section focusing on a specific theme, exploring theoretical and practical articulations between the cultural, social, economic, and political realms within Latin America.

La corónica 

La corónica is a refereed journal published every spring and fall by the Modern Language Association's Division on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Devoted to Hispanomedievalism in its broadest sense, La corónica also welcomes scholarship that transcends the linguistic and/or cultural borders of Spanish and explores the interconnectedness of those languages and cultures that coexisted in medieval Iberia. 

Textos Híbridos

Textos Híbridos: Revista de Estudios sobre Crónica y Periodismo Narrativo is a peer-reviewed journal that specializes in the study of the relationship between journalism and literature as represented by genres such as the chronicle, literary or narrative journalism and others in those geocultural areas represented by the terms “Hispanic,” “Latin American,” “Lusophone,” and “Latinx”.

Other Initiatives

Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection 

Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection provides a research and teaching resource on indigenous expression and epistemologies in the Andes and Amazonia. Housed in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Hagerty Hall 255), the collection supports a growing curriculum and innovative programming connected to the Quechua Language Program and the Andean and Amazonian Studies Interdisciplinary Minor at The Ohio State University. It fosters activity-based and alternative pedagogies compatible with non-Western traditions and aims to engage prevailing forms of indigenous knowledge, power, resistance, and self-determination. The collection and collection website are maintained by a team of student curators registered under Independent Studies, Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate Thesis or Internship credits, and/or the K’acha Willaykuna Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration Working Group.

Graduate Student Annual Conferences

Each year, graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese organize two conferences: OSUHALSS (Ohio State University Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium) and OSUCHiLL  (Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics). These conferences provide graduate students from OSU and other institutions working in literature, culture, and linguistics with the opportunity to present and discuss original research within the greater Hispanic and Lusophone world.

Our Voices/Nuestras Voces

Our Voices/Nuestras Voces is a collaborative project that focuses on second language acquisition of pronunciation. Within this broad field, we are particularly interested in the process of learning the sounds of second language (L2) Spanish by English native speakers. Our Voices/Nuestras Voces is at its core a research enterprise but it is also concerned with aspects of teaching, especially in terms of L2 pronunciation. In fact, we view Our Voices/Nuestras Voces as stemming from the question of how to integrate research and teaching in a way that is productive for all the stakeholders, i.e. learners and researchers.

Popol Wuj

Popol Wuj is an archive of copies of some of the rare books and other documents related to the Popol Wuj. The aim of this project is to offer an opportunity for an open interaction and exchange of studies in the field of Mesoamerican Indigenous cultures, with emphasis on the Mayan.

Public Rituals in the Portuguese Empire Project

Public Rituals in the Portuguese Empire Project aims to analyze the role of public rituals in the making of the early-modern Portuguese empire. Public rituals were held in cities, towns, and villages throughout the empire to celebrate a wide range of occasions. This project studies public rituals through a comprehensive analysis of more than 1,000 printed accounts (c. 30,000 pages of texts and images) displayed in a digital platform, connected with the Digital Library of the Portuguese National Library and the Luso-Brazilian Digital Library. 

Additional Research

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese also lists various research initiatives under the heading "Research Areas" in the Graduate level specializations listed below:

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