At noon on Friday, March 11, there will be a virtual SouthTalk with Stephen Fafulas and Matt Van Hoose titled “Voces Sureñas: Case Studies of Spanish in Northern Mississippi and Eastern North Carolina.” Although the U.S. South has experienced a significant Latinx demographic shift in recent decades, we still know little about the sociolinguistic implications of these changes. In their talk, Fafulas and Van Hoose consider how Spanish speakers’ language practices and patterns—such as code-switching and discourse markers—can be said to constitute the voice of Spanish-speaking communities in both north Mississippi and in eastern North Carolina.
Fafulas is assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Mississippi. Van Hoose is executive director of academic engagement at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.
SouthTalks is a series of events (including lectures, performances, film screenings, and panel discussions) that explores the interdisciplinary nature of Southern Studies. This series is free and open to the public, and typically takes place in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory. However, as a result of the ongoing health crisis, some events will be virtual, free, and accessible on the Center’s YouTube channel after each live event. Visit the Center’s website at southernstudies.olemiss.edu for more details. Locations listed here are subject to change, and more events may be added throughout the semester. Registration will be required for all virtual events in order to receive the webinar link.