Our Masters in Hispanic Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a solid foundation in Linguistics through coursework taken not only in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, but also in the Departments of Linguistics, Communications, Anthropology, and in the School of Education. Students have the unique opportunity to work closely in collaboration with faculty to develop their areas of concentration, graduating as specialists in areas such as History of the Spanish language, Spanish in the United States, Sociolinguistics, Morphosyntax, Usage-based Phonology, Bilingualism, and Language in Social Interaction. Several of our students go on to continue their graduate studies in Ph.D. programs (including in the Department of Linguistics at CU-Boulder), while others use the skills they acquire in our program to obtain teaching or industry positions.
In the Spanish and Portuguese Department, Professors Esther L. Brown (Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2004), and Javier Rivas (Ph.D. University of Santiago de Compostela, 2003) conduct research in which real data and corpus-based analyses are central components. Professors Brown and Rivas take a usage-based perspective in analyzing issues in Spanish phonology and morphosyntax, and teach a range of seminars on topics related to language variation and change. Our faculty have strong interests in Spanish dialectology and in Spanish in the United States.