The study of human language spans a multitude of disciplines. Members of the Department of Modern Languages continue their research in a diverse array of languages and subjects such as modern literature, language pedagogy, socio-linguistics, phonetics, film studies, literature from past centuries, and the interaction of languages on each other, as well as the cultural importance reflected in various languages around the world. Our work examines globally oriented issues from Africa to the Caribbean, Western Europe to Eastern Asia, and French-speaking Canada to the southern tip of South America. Our research continues to inspire our students to pursue their goals in discovering the vast array of paths open to them through the study of language and culture. Faculty in the Department of Modern Languages examine topics including women's rights, minority consciousness in dominant cultures, regaining ties to lost heritage, and an overall recognition that in a myriad of ways, human language binds diverse linguistic and cultural communities to each other. Research in the Department of Modern Languages not only adds to the corpus of human knowledge, but with our interaction with people in society as a whole, we also create a bridge between academia and all the various communities that form our understanding of human existence.

Dansereau publishes new book

Diane Dansereau, Associate Professor of French, is pleased to announce the publication of her new book Variations Stylistiques: cours de grammaire avancée with Yale University Press. Thisadvanced-level grammar text/reference book is based on extensive linguistic studies and differs from traditional grammars by concentrating on the more natural and appropriate forms employed by native speakers, rather than teaching prescribed forms. By learning these stylistic variations, students of French will better comprehend Francophone speakers/writers and advance their own proficiency levels closer to those of a native speaker


Jenkins on the future of the Spanish language

Rapid changes in the use of the Spanish language in the Southwest may lead to the language's extinction in coming decades in the region unless bilingualism is accepted and promoted, according to Devin Jenkins, Associate Professor of Spanish and Modern Languages Department Chair. In this interview,  Jenkins discusses is research which has found that in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, areas with a large population of Spanish and Mexican descent, the use of Spanish is no longer growing.


María Luisa Fernandez Martinez Publishes New Book:

El medio fotográfico en la narrativa de Antonio Muñoz Molina

En la narrativa de Antonio Muñoz Molina, las fotografías preceden con frecuencia a los personajes e incluso los reemplazan. Las instantáneas acentúan la importancia del azar y de los actos mínimos, alteran la noción lineal del tiempo y destacan ciertos momentos a los que se vuelve desde el presente de la narración. Estimulan o suplantan la memoria y suponen el punto de partida de múltiples invenciones. Constituyen, en definitiva, un filtro que orienta la lectura. Este libro explora la articulación de un universo textual que se origina en una intersección incesante entre lo fotográfico y lo narrativo.


Mary DeForest's Westword Article