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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Felice Coles, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Office: Bondurant E-210A
Phone: 662-915-7702

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin (1991)
M.A. in Spanish, University of Utah (1983)
B.A. in Spanish, Louisiana State University (1981)

Teaching and Research Interests:
Language Obsolescence, Spanish in the US, Hispanic Dialectology, Modern English Grammar

Courses Taught:
Span 330: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Span 341: Spanish in the US
Ling 315: Morphology
Ling 525: Pidgins and Creoles

Recent Publications:

Isleño Spanish. 1999. Languages of the World/Materials, vol. 278. Munich, Germany: Lincom Europa.


“Isleño Verbal Art Celebrating God in Nature.” Louisiana Folklive Journal 43. Forthcoming 2019.

“Swimming Back to Spain: An Isleño Perspective on the Ancestral Homeland.” 2016. Southern Journal of Linguistics 40(2): 92-105.

“Stance and the Subjunctive in Isleño Spanish.” 2012. Hispania 95(2): 285-298.

“Predictive Conditionals as Warnings in Isleño Spanish.” 2012. Journal of Pragmatics 44(8): 970-979.

“Double Identity: Isleños are Yats, Too.” 2012. Southern Journal of Linguistics 36(1): 156-169.

“Selectively, Reluctantly Global: The Isleños of Louisiana.” 2012. Globality Studies 27.

Professional Service:
Editor of the Southern Journal of Linguistics
Advisor to Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society
Advisor to Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society (with Dr. Heather Allen)

Awards and Honors:
College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, 2013
Humanities Teacher Award, Mississippi Humanities Council 2013

Web Resources:
The Southern Journal of Linguistics
Mississippi Foreign Language Association
Spanish Program
Linguistics Program