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Chris Sapp Gives Talk on Old Norse

On Tuesday, October 17th, faculty and students attended the fifth installment of the Department’s lecture series, Working Papers in Modern Languages. Dr. Christopher Sapp, Associate Professor of German and Linguistics, delivered a talk entitled, “Relative clause types in Old Norse poetry and the dating of Eddic poetry.” Please stay tuned for the next presentation in the Working Papers […]


Japanese Sports Day Celebration

The Japanese Club hosted its annual Sports Day event Friday at the Croft Institute in honor of the Japanese holiday Health and Sports Day. Students and workers in Japan usually have the day off for Sports Day and hold a field day-type festival, or “undokai.” These festivals usually begin around 8:30 a.m. with a parade […]


Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

On September 27, in Croft 107, the Chinese program celebrated the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. Students made presentations about the cultural importance of the festival and sang songs, and Flagship instructor, Hui Zhu, demonstrated how the traditional dessert, mooncakes, are assembled. Everyone, including high school students of Chinese from Oxford, Lafayette County, and Holly Spring, enjoyed […]


Lauren Reynolds and Diane Marting Give Talks on Latin American Literature and Culture

On Wednesday, September 20, faculty and students alike attended third and fourth installments of the Department’s lecture series, Working Papers in Modern Languages. Lauren Reynolds, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented “Immanent Potential: Youth Narratives in Latin American and Latinx Literature and Film.” Diane Marting, Associate Professor of Spanish, then made her presentation, “Strange Innocence: […]


Hispanic Heritage Film Series 2017

Film Screenings WHERE: Lamar Hall 131 Sept 21 The Return/El regreso Directed by HERNÁN JIMÉNEZ / COSTA RICA Sept 28 Truman (with actor Ricardo Darín) Directed by CESC GAY / ARGENTINA, SPAIN Oct 5 The Companion/El Acompañante Directed by PAVEL GIROUD / CUBA Oct 12 The Tenth Man/El rey del Once Directed by DANIEL BURMAN / ARGENTINA Oct 19 Seven […]


National Slavic Honor Society Inductions

On April 26, 2017,  eleven  students  in the Russian program at the University of Mississippi and a Visiting Assistant Professor of German  Lauren Hansen, who studied Russian at the University of Illinois and continues studying Russian at Ole Miss,  became members of the National Slavic Honor Society: Dobro Slovo. The Gamma Omicron chapter of the […]


Modern Languages Teaching Workshop 2017

The Department of Modern Languages organizes the Annual Teaching Workshop as a forum for language instructors to learn about the University of Mississippi and to develop their knowledge of second language pedagogy. Each year, a new group of experienced faculty share their instructional techniques through engaging teaching demonstrations and lectures. Over the course of the […]


UM Swahili Program Provides Exotic Option for Students

East African language is 11th offered at university SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 BY SHELBY NICHOLS AND MITCHELL DIGGS OXFORD, Miss. – Like hundreds of students each year at the University of Mississippi, Estelle Blair signed up last fall for Spanish 101. But when the Brandon native decided that Spanish was not for her, she found a dramatically […]


Lectures By Linguists

Read about the Linguistics Program in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi.


Photo by Denny Culbert.

Linguistics Professor Allison Burkette on Cornpone

This story, Cornpone: A Borrowed Term for a Borrowed Staple, first appeared in the winter 2015-16 issue of UM’s Southern Foodways Alliance Gravy quarterly. The author, Allison Burkette, is an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include language variation and its connection to cultural factors, which is the subject of […]