Our world-leading faculty engage in world-changing research. Research in Foreign Languages and Literatures helps us understand how people around the world interact, migrate and express themselves. By using creative and cutting-edge techniques, our faculty are able to stay at the forefront of a constantly-evolving field.
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Comparing Language in Yucatan
In 2016, Alex Hyler traveled to Yucatan, Mexico, to conduct interviews and collect data from about a dozen local Spanish speakers (yucatecos) in order to analyze differences in their speech. Her research aimed to answer what those variations indicate about the culture of Yucateco speakers in the region.
FL&L TAs among Recognized by the NC State Graduate Student Association
Lindsey Chandler is fascinated by the workings of the brain in learning and producing language. She has melded her interests in cognition, language acquisition and Spanish through graduate studies in both Hispanic linguistics and cognitive science at NC State.
Student Research Translates Into Broader Horizons
Tingting Ji is proficient in four languages: Chinese, French, English, and Italian. So when she saw an email about an undergraduate research award that involved translating, the Foreign Languages and Literatures major leapt at the opportunity.
Our students are out in the field, using and building language and communication skills. We have clubs and organizations for several languages and interests that match students with social and volunteer opportunities around Raleigh.
Our department also coordinates Spanish professional certificates available to anyone in the community — not just NC State students.
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Editorial A Contracorriente
Our department is home to a non-profit press that publishes refereed books on Latin American studies.
Our faculty are leading experts in nearly every area of foreign languages and literatures studies today, and they are authors of several of the best textbooks in foreign language education as well as authors of important articles and research in the fields of language change and world literature criticism.
Our publications include A Contracorriente, a journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, and Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal for English Language Teaching and Research.
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Alumna Forges Path for Future Foreign Language Students
At NC State, hardworking students are one of our biggest assets. Mechanical Engineering and German alumna, Maria Withrow, put her more than 10 years of German to the test twice in college, first by studying abroad at the University of Berlin and working in Dusseldorf, and the second time in 2016 while working in Munich. Withrow graduated from NC State in May 2015 and expects to complete her Masters in Industrial Manufacturing and Systems Engineering in May 2017.
ESL Carolyn Quarterman among 2017-2018 DELTA Faculty Fellows
Foreign Languages and Literatures ESL professor Carolyn Quarterman is among this year's recipients of the prestigious DELTA Faculty Fellows Grants.
Comparing Language in Yucatan
It's no secret that language and accents evolve over time. But what do those changes say about the speakers themselves? What can they tell us about identity? NC State graduate student Alex Hyler explored those questions while studying unique forms of Spanish in Yucatan, Mexico.