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UTSA hosts Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 1, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium Nov. 1-4 at the Downtown Campus. The symposium features prominent scholars and researchers from Spain, Mexico and the United States whose specialties include Hispanic linguistics, second and first language acquisition, language and technology.

The sessions open Friday with Professor Amando de Miguel of Spain speaking on "La Sociedad Española Actual: Empresa, Nuevas Tecnologías y Estilos de Vida" at 8:30 a.m. Professor Rafael Salaberry and Professor Milton Azevedo will speak Saturday, Nov. 3. Salaberry's lecture, "Conceptualización del Pasado en Español Como L2" and Azevedo's talk will focus on literary linguistics in the context of a language department.

Friday through Sunday, the general sessions will feature linguists from the United States and abroad who research Spanish and the other languages of the Iberian Peninsula, such as Catalan, Basque and Portuguese.

"This will be the most comprehensive conference in Hispanic Linguistics this year," said Maryellen Garcia, conference organizer and UTSA associate professor. "I believe that San Antonio is the reason for the good turnout, as it offers a truly Hispanic city in which our Spanish speaking guests will feel right at home."

Conference co-organizer, UTSA Professor Francisco Marcos-Marín, secured co-sponsorship for the conference from organizations in Spain including Telefónica and the AECI, in addition to UTSA and UNAM.

For more information, visit the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium Web site.

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