News and Events

Congratulations to Madeleine M. Henry, professor and head of the School of Languages and Cultures on th publication of Alantis Otherwise:Receptions of the Classics in the africanDiaspora of the Hispanopone and Lusophone Worlds (Elisa G. Rizo and Madeline M. Henry, Rowman & Littlefield 2016). For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to John Sundquist, Associate Professor of German in the School of Languages and Cultures, for being selected as a College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Teacher for 2016-2017.

Congratulations to Jennifer Marston William, professor in the School of Languages and Cultures, on the recent publication of her monograph, Cognitive approaches to German Historical Film: Seeing is Not Believing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). For more information click HERE.

Congratulations to Alejandro Cuza, associate professor of Spanish and linguistics, Lori Czerwionka, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, and Daniel J. Olson, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, for their new volume  "Inquiries in Hispanic Linguistics: From Theory to Empirical Evidence", published by John Benjamins. For more details click HERE.

Congratulations to Ahmed Idrissi Alami, associate professor of Arabic, and Lynne Dahmen, part-time lecturer in the School of Languages and Cultures, collaborated with the West Lafayette Public Library to secure the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf:Muslin Journeys collection for the library in 2013. Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to  Atsushi Fukada, professor of Japanese and linguistics, and Mayu Miyamoto, a doctoral student in the School of Languages and Cultures, upon receiving a 2016 Excellence in Distance Learning Innovation Award. For more details click HERE.

Congratulations to Elena Coda, associate professor of Italian and comparative literature and incoming associate head of the School of Languages and Cultures, and Ben Lawton, associate professor and chair of Italian studies and co-founder and former long-time director of the Film and Video Studies program, who served as editors of Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective, published by Purdue University Press earlier this year. For more details, click HERE.

Congratulations to Beate Allert, associate professor of German, comparative literature, and film and chair of the Department of German and Russian, on serving as editor of J.G Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science. Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Jackson Havens, Spanish & Linguistics major. Jackson has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain! For more details, click HERE!

Congratulations to Megan O'Connell, Spanish, linguistics, and Speech, language and hearing Sciences. She has received a Fulbright Teaching Assistant to Peru. Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Benjamin Rich, with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and minor in Spanish and Military Science. He has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to South Korea. Click HERE for more details.

Congratulations to Daniel J. Olson, assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics, he is one of the two Purdue faculty have been selected as recipients of the Class of 1922 Outstanding Innovation in Helping Students Learn Award. Click HERE to read the article.

In addition to the traditional Masters and Ph.D. programs, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Purdue offers a non-degree option that helps students complete professional requirements, develop new knowledge and skills, or explore graduate school options. Each semester the department will offer Spanish graduate courses in the evening. These courses are taught by leading scholars in Spanish literature, linguistics, film, and culture. Some courses will accommodate distance-learning options. Click HERE for more information and application/enrollment instructions.

Congratulations to Liz Mercier who was recognized in Dean Reingold's "For the Honor" column on the College of Libeall Arts website. Liz has been awarded a competitive fellowship to complete the Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies at the Pontificial Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto and Rome. Click HERE to read the full article.

Events and Conferences

Purdue Studies in Romance Literature is proud to presents Michael J. Call, author of PSRL’s Volume 63, The Would-Be Author: Molière and
the Comedy of Print. The author will visit Purdue on Thursday, October 26th. His presentation will take place at 3:00pm at Stancly Coulter Hall G040. Light refreshment will be served. Please click HERE for more information.

Coffee/Tea Conversation Hours

The Chinese Alumni Teacher Training Workshop took place Saturday, October 21, 2017. The one-day teaching workshop included roundtable discussions among Chinese/Asian studies scholars and educators who are proud Purdue alumni from the School of Languages and Cultures Chinese Language program. Photos courtesy of Sara Kong.

Th department of Spanish & Portuguese  is proud to present Dr. Carmen Silva-Corvaran, as part of the Hispanic Linguistics Lectures Series. Prof. Emerita Carmen  Silva-Corvaran from University of Southern California will discuss longitudinal datea on the development of clitics, overt/null subject pronoum alternation and tense and aspect morphology. The lecture will take place April 12th at 1:30pm in RAWL 2082. For mor information please, click HERE.

Sponsored by the Chinese Program in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University, the next Chinese Studies Colloquium will be held February 8/3rd from 4:00-5:30pm at WTHR 320. Please click HERE for mor information.


SLC Colloquium 

Please join us for our first SLC Colloquium of the semester! This is a chance for all of us to learn more about the current research projects of our faculty in the SLC. 

Tuesday, February 13, from 3-4 p.m. in SC 239 

Dr. John Sundquist will present on the topic, “The Rich Get Richer: Preferential Attachment and Dynamic Networks of Linguistic change in the Germanic Languages”  

Abstract: In this presentation, I will discuss the results of two recent studies in which I employ tools of network science to examine linguistic change in the history of the Germanic languages.  The main focus will be on the phenomenon of Preferential Attachment, also known as the "rich-get-richer" property that is common in a wide variety of social, informational, and biological networks (Albert and Barabási 2002).   Preferential Attachment involves the process whereby some large clusters of nodes (or hubs) in a complex network are linked to more frequently and grow at an exponential rate over time. In the first study, I explore patterns of growth in the co-occurrence networks of so-called light verbs in earlier stages of Swedish.  These verbs, such as English make in a phrase like make an impression or give as in give advice (Jespersen 1964), are basic transitive verbs that are often paired with a wide variety of nouns in the history of Swedish. Using a corpus of early Swedish texts written in the 13th through 16th centuries, I examine the frequency of light verbs and the increasing variety of object complements with which they occur. With the aid of several measurements of biodiversity from the field of ecology, I highlight the unique behavior of these verbs compared to others and demonstrate how they function as central hubs that follow the principles of Preferential Attachment within a network.  In a second study, I investigate the same phenomenon in a much larger corpus, namely, the 400-million-word Corpus of Historical American English.  I explore similar aspects of light verbs on a larger scale, discussing preliminary findings from the study of grammatical and lexical changes that took place between 1800 and 2000 in a set of several thousand historical American English texts.  The final portion of the presentation will address broader implications of these studies, like the role of first language acquisition in language change, the inevitability of certain linguistic changes, and how analytical tools of network science can shed light on these changes.

 This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

SLC organizes a Faculty and Graduate students Colloquium Series of three lectures per semester.  These lectures are an opportunity for our faculty, students, and invited speakers to present and discuss their current research projects.  Please contact Dr. Cara Kinnally ( for more information.

Past Events

The Department of French cordially invites you to the symposium Terrorism in Paris on Friday April 22nd. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jean-Philippe Mathy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present his talk "Where's Charlie Now? Identification, Hegemony, and Dissenet After the Paris Attacks", at 4:00pm in Beering Hall B261. Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for Graduate Professionalization Workshops scheduled for spring 2016!

Chinese Studies Colloquium - April 15, 2016 3:00pm-4:30pm, SC 108 
Assistant Prof. Tie Xiao, a professor of Modern Chinese Literature at Indiana University, will present "Revolutionary Waves: Imagining Crowds in Modern China." Click HERE for more information on his lecture.

The Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium will hold their annual symposium at Purdue University in March 2016. The theme is "Exploring the Premoden World." The goal of this symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the classical, medieval, and early modern worlds. 

1st Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference
March 4-6, 2015, West Lafayette, IN

The first Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference is a collaboration between three organizations at Purdue University which promote scholarship in the fields of linguistics, literature and applied linguistics. Our conference seeks to continue the tradition of our respective symposia by bringing students and faculty together with other experts, fostering collaboration and inspiring critical analysis and understanding of pressing issues in the field of linguistics and literature. The Conference will provide undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to share their research. The funds received from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and other programs on campus allows us to bring top scholars for keynote addresses, prepare materials and documents critical to the success of the meeting, offer refreshments throughout the session, and – most importantly – to keep the Conference free for all interested attendees. CLICK HERE to go to the 2017 PLCC website.

Dr. Anne Marie Guerretaz will present "Postcolonial Theory and the Politics of Language in the Revitalization of Yucatec Maya." Please join us Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in REC 225 at 1230pm. Click here for more information.


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