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Inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language

The symposium takes place Feb. 21-22 and will showcase experts in the field of Hispanic Studies.

Written by Megan Ketterer

Texas Tech University’s Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures (CMLL) hosts its inaugural Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language on Feb. 21-22.

Diego Pascual y Cabo, an assistant professor in CMLL, said the symposium recognizes and validates United States Spanish as a different, but acceptable grammatical system while promoting scholarship, research and training in this area. He said the event will inform the public about the program and the benefits of bilingualism. 

Researchers, professors and students from across the country were invited to submit 20-minute presentations in English or Spanish to share at the symposium. More than 80 people are expected to attend.

“The event is designed to showcase experts in the field of Hispanic Studies while engaging the student body and larger community in Lubbock,” Pascual said. “The symposium examines the broad nature of heritage speaker bilingualism while developing awareness, fostering diversity and engaging the community in dialogues that will produce concrete changes in the social, cultural and linguistic landscape of Texas Tech and Lubbock.”

Marta Fairclough, an associate professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Houston, and Kim Potowski, an associate professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Illinois, are the plenary speakers. Both are experts in the field of heritage speaker bilingualism.

The symposium is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, the Graduate School, the Language Learning Laboratory & Resource Center, Humanities Texas and Pearson.

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