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January 2014

Upcoming Events on “Foreign Accent and Foreign Gesture” and “Identity, Authenticity and Expertise”

Foreign Accent and Foreign Gesture

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
3:30 p.m.
Baker Hall 255A

Most second language learners tend to have a “foreign accent,” or an accent that defines them as a non-native speaker. Kees de Bot, from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, will discuss the literature on foreign accents, whether it is possible to guess a person’s first language based on the accent of their second language and Foreign Accent Syndrome, which is the sudden and sometimes spectacular change of accent due to brain damage.

He will also focus on gestures as part of foreign accents, including whether languages can be recognized on the basis of gestures.

This lecture is co-sponsored by CMU’s Department of Modern Languages and the University of Pittsburgh’s Linguistics Department.

Identity, Authenticity and Expertise: Quechua Literacy Regimes in the Peruvian Andes

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall

Based on ethnographic research about a language regime favoring Quechua in Apurimac in the southern Peruvian Andres, Virginia Zavala from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru will discuss the disconnect between how the region is being imagined as a community of apurimenos. Zavala will analyze the way Quechua literacy is implicated in the construction of hierarchical relationships and in the formation of exclusive identities within the Quechua-speaking population.

This lecture is sponsored by CMU’s Dietrich College Dean’s Office; Department of Modern Languages, Global Studies Program and the University of Pittsburgh’s Language, Culture and Literacy Program.

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