Speaker to Discuss Impact of Migration on Spanish Language in Lima, Peru

Free public lecture to be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at The College of Wooster

2 September, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Carol Klee, professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota, will present “Migration and its Linguistic Consequences: Quechua-Spanish Language Contact in Lima, Peru” on Thursday, Sept. 11, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Klee will discuss one of the linguistic outcomes of dialect contact in Lima, specifically how semantic features of Andean Spanish are maintained by second-generation migrants in personal narratives and whether Limeño Spanish has begun to change as a result of migration.

Klee, who earned her undergraduate degree at Wooster and her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, is co-author of Applied Linguistics: The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish in Contact with Other Languages. She has served as a member of the executive council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and as president of the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs; and president of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA).

The lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Spanish, Latin American Studies, International Relations, and Sociology/Anthropology, as well as the Office of the President, the Cultural Events Committee and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.