Midwest Heritage Summit: Fostering the language of your community


The Midwest Heritage Language Network is pleased to announce a one-day summit on heritage languages in the community at Michigan State University on April 23, 2016.

We are also delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Professor Abbas Benmamoun (Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Policies and Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), a renowned Arabic linguist and expert on Arabic as a heritage language.

Topics for this summit will include heritage speakers and the business community, health care,educational resources, and bilingualism and family language maintenance. There will be an afternoon poster presentation session. We encourage graduate students, community members, and faculty to submit poster proposals.




Kim Potowski Press Release

Hispanic Linguistics’ Kim Potowski wins a $9,000 sub-award from The Humanities Without Walls Consortium

Apr 28, 2015
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics Kim Potowski, co-director of the Language in Context Research Group, recently received a $9,000 sub-award as part of The Humanities Without Walls Consortium via Ohio State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers at 15 research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The project, called the Midwest Heritage Language Network Initiative, involves finalizing over 100 written transcripts belonging to Potowski’s Chicago Spanish corpus (or “CHISPA”).  UIC Hispanic & Italian Studies linguistics graduate students Rodrigo Delgado, Irene Martinez, and Eleder Santamaria will be working on the project during summer 2015.