Conference Program

We are delighted to share with you the program for the first graduate conference organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. This event will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at Florida State University (Winthrop-King Room, Diffenbaugh building). You can download a pdf version of the program here.


8:30 – 8:40 Opening: Dr. Mark Pietralunga

8:40 – 8:45 Welcome: Sergio Leiva

8:45 -9:15 Faculty Presentation

Wh-in situ questions in Spanish: the Syntax-phonology interface

Dr. Carolina González & Dr. Lara Reglero

9:15 – 9:45 Presentation 1

The Comprehension of Aspectual Contrasts in Spanish

Elena Belkin

9:45 – 10:15 Presentation 2

The clitic system in Brazilian Portuguese: A new account

Alan Parma

10:15- 10:45 Presentation 3

Lexical processes in three languages: The role of order of acquisition in trilingual lexical comprehension

Jamile Forcelini

10:45- 11:00 BREAK

11:00- 11:30 Presentation 3

English or not?: The Glottal Stop as a variant of /s/ in Puerto Rican Spanish

Sherez Mohammed

11:30 – 11:45 Flash talk 1

Language and Identity in Hispanic Gay Bilinguals

Tyler King

11:45 – 12: 00 Flash talk 2

The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language: Voiceless Plosives /p, t, k/

Perla Esmeralda Garcia Frutis

12:00 – 12:15 Flash talk 3

A comparison of Basque pitch-accent of Gernika dialect and the Standard Basque.

Janire Campo


1:25 – 1:30

Welcome: Sergio Leiva

1:30 – 2:00

La Lupe and Musical Mulatez

Dr.  Delia Poey

2:00 – 2:30 Presentation 1

Coming-of-Age in Exile: The Contemporary Cuban-American Queer Narrative of Formation

Jennifer Irish

2:30-3:00 Presentation 2

Mal agüero: Avian symbolism in Cristina García’s The Agüero Sisters

Jhoanna Méndez

3:00 – 3:30 Presentation 3

Transhistorical Snapshots of Diasporic Memory in Zong!

Sarah Fluker

3:30- 3:45 BREAK

3:45 – 4:15 Presentation 4

¿Bebés robados como botín de guerra o negocio lucrativo? Argentina y España: Estudio comparativo de la apropiación y adopción ilegal de niños durante las dictaduras de Videla y Franco y su repercusión

Maravillas Lencina

4:15 – 4:30 Keynote speaker

Not from here: R. Arié and the Geographies of Gender

Dr. Allyson González


Call for Papers

We are delighted to invite you to the first graduate conference organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. This event will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at Florida State University (Winthrop-King Room, Diffenbaugh building). This conference will be hosted by graduate students from the Spanish Program.

Purpose: First of all, this conference aims at bringing together all the graduate students in our department so that we can share and exchange our research interests with each other. Second, this conference seeks to integrate a variety of different aspects of research under the umbrella of linguistics and literature. Finally, this conference aims to provide opportunities to gain experience in preparing, submitting, and presenting at larger and prestigious national and international conferences; an essential aspect of our academic training.

Topics: The purpose is to address various aspects of research interests in the field of Linguistics and Literary/Cultural Studies. This encompasses subfields such as Syntax, Phonetics and Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Second Language Acquisition in the field of Spanish linguistics, as well as any subfields in both Peninsular and Latin American Studies.

Presentations: Each presentation should be no longer than 30 minutes; 20 of which will be allotted to present followed by 10 minutes for questions and/or discussion. Poster presentations, research proposal, and Literature Reviews, are also invited. The highest-ranked abstracts will be considered for a paper presentation.

General considerations for abstracts

  • We are accepting one submission per author.
  • Abstracts must be between 300 and 500 words long, submitted in .pdf format, and should not exceed one page (1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced).
  • Abstracts must clearly present a specific thesis statement, be theoretically grounded and include a description of the topic, the approach, and conclusions.

Specific considerations for Linguistics submissions

    • Completed research projects (presenting analyzed data) or research proposals will be considered with a preference given to completed projects.
    • A second page may be added to the submission, and it will be reserved for references and/or examples, sample stimuli, tables etc.
    • Both completed projects and research proposals should provide information on participants, data analysis and findings.
    • Please also specify whether you wish your submission to be considered for presentation as a paper, a poster, or for both categories.
    • Linguistics papers and posters will be delivered in English.

Specific considerations for Literary and Cultural Studies submissions

    • The abstract should succinctly place the work within the broader literature on the subject.
    • Please include three Key words and phrases that quickly identify the content and focus of the work.
    • Literature and Culture papers and reviews can be delivered either in English or Spanish.

Please submit abstracts to by Sunday, February 21st at midnight.

For more information contact:

Sergio Leiva