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Full Title: Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Symposium

      
Short Title: GRAPHSY
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Start Date: 04-Apr-2014 - 05-Apr-2014
Contact: Jafte Robles
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jb24atr0ow8f54x/Call%20for%20papers%20-%20GRAPHSY%202014.pdf?fb=1&fb_action_ids=10152115218999739&fb_action_types=dropboxdro
Meeting Description: The 7th Annual Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Symposium (GRAPHSY) will take place April 4 and 5, 2013 at Georgetown University. Hosted by the graduate students in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, our conference encompasses a wide range of linguistic and literature topics that exemplify our department. It is an ideal stage for graduate students and up-and-coming scholars to present works in progress and completed research in a comfortable yet professional atmosphere.

Keynote Speakers:

Ruben Ríos Ávila (PhD, Cornell University), is currently a visiting professor at New York University (NYU). Previously, he was professor and Chair of the Comparative Literature program at the University of Puerto Rico. He is one of the most innovative literary and cultural critics of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. His areas of specialization are queer studies, literary theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, as well as Spanish‐American cinema and literature. He has published, among other works, La raza cómica del sujeto en Puerto Rico (2002) and Embocadura (2003).

Meghan Armstrong (PhD, The Ohio State University), is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts‐Amherst. Her primary interests are intonational development and childhood acquisition of intonational forms and meanings. She has explored the pragmatics and acquisition of yes-no question intonation in Puerto Rican Spanish and is currently investigating this type of intonational development in English among European-American, African‐American, and L1 Spanish-speaking children in the American South. She uses eye-tracking methodology to explore how children integrate intonational and lexical cues with situational information and world knowledge.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Spanish; Portuguese
LL Issue: 24.4877


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