Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

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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 […]


Dante Lecture—April 14

Dante and Italy’s Singer-Songwriters Tuesday, March 8th, 6PM- Bondurant 204C


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 […]


Alumnus Spanish Major Named To Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Patrick Woodyard honored for social entrepreneurship of shoe manufacturer Nisolo JANUARY 29, 2016  |  BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Patrick Woodyard, a 2010 University of Mississippi graduate, is co-founder of a shoe company that provides fair wages and classes in English and financial literacy to its workers in Peru and Kenya. Those socially responsible business efforts have […]


Corina L. Petrescu

German Professor Receives Prestigious Research Fellowship

Corina L. Petrescu, associate professor of German, has received a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers for the academic year 2016–2017. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation was established by Federal Republic of Germany in order to promote international cooperation in research. It supports highly qualified scholars so that they may carry out long-term […]


Shanghai Folk Music Concert

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 7:30PM in Nutt Auditorium (across the street from the Ford Center for the Performing Arts), FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


University Hosts Hispanic Heritage Series

Series of lectures and films offers insights into diverse Hispanic American societies In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Mississippi Department of Modern Languages will host its first-ever Hispanic Heritage Series of lectures and films. The series begins Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015,  with events continuing through Nov. 12. Organizers Diane Marting, associate professor of […]


Join us this fall for the Hispanic Heritage Series!

Speakers, free films, and receptions


French Professor One of 70 Ransom Center Fellows

Anne Quinney, professor of modern languages, has been selected as one of 70 Harry Ransom Center research fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Ransom Center, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, is a humanities research library and museum. During the fellowship, researchers will work on projects using the Ransom Center’s collection of […]