OSU Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Symposium



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OSUCHiLL is one of the premier graduate student conferences on Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics hosted in the US. The conference, organized entirely by graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University, aims to bring together a wide variety of scholars working within distinct disciplines and on many different aspects of Spanish, Portuguese, and languages in contact with them.

The 24th Annual Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL) Virtual Event

Dates: March 12th - 13th, 2021 

Location: Virtual 

We welcome papers dealing with any aspect of linguistics in the Hispanic or Lusophone world, including but not limited to: sociolinguistics, language contact, language policy, language and education, creole and indigenous languages, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics. Spanish, Portuguese, and English can be used during talks. Speakers will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion questions. 

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer Leeman - George Mason University

Identities and ideologies in Spanish heritage language education: Broadening the research agenda

I begin this presentation with a brief overview of the research on language ideologies and identities in Spanish heritage language (SHL) education research, focusing on standard language ideologies and the relationship between Spanish language and Latinx identities. While these issues are of continuing importance in the context of SHL education, I call for broadening the scope of SHL research. In particular, I draw from research in linguistic anthropology, Latinx studies and raciolinguistics to call for examinations of a wider range of ideologies and identity categories, such as race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality, as well as more micro-level situated identities such as ‘good student’ or ‘hard-worker.’ Together with attention to the intersectional and situated nature of identities, a broader and more nuanced exploration of identities and ideologies will allow a deeper understanding of sociopolitics of SHL.

Date: Friday, March 12th, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM – Eastern Standard Time

Zoom Meeting ID: 957 6670 2520 

Password: keynote12

Dr. Danae Perez - Zurich University of Applied Sciences

On the loss of Afro-Hispanic varieties and what they have to tell us

Over two decades ago, McWhorter (2000) claimed that no Spanish-based creole language had emerged in the Atlantic area. In response to this claim, several Afro-Hispanic varieties have been documented and classified, yet only one of them seems to be McWhorter’s “missing Spanish creole”: Afro-Yungueño Spanish. In this lecture, I will outline the debates around Spanishbased creoles and use Afro-Yungueño’s social and structural history as an example to show how debasilectalization (Siegel 2010) has shaped both the history as well as the documentation of Afro-Hispanic varieties. My aim is to explore to what extent Spanish contact varieties and the debates around them are unique in the realm of contact linguistics.

Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – Eastern Standard Time

Zoom Meeting ID: 963 6192 9281

Password: keynote13

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Contact information: Paige Barton or Paola Enríquez Duque at osuchill2021@gmail.com 

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