Each year, the Linguistics Program and the Barbara Gordon Memorial Endowment bring a major figure in the discipline to campus for a public lecture and a special workshop for linguistics faculty and graduate students. These events are made possible through the generosity of former Florida State Senator Jack Gordon. Past Barbara Gordon lecturers have included Derek Bickerton, Melissa Bowerman, Susanna Cumming, Susan Curtiss, Michel DeGraff, Charles Ferguson, Joshua Fishman, Susan Gass, Ian Hancock, Mark Johnson, Philip Lieberman, Suzanne Romaine, Susan Steele, Loreto Todd, Peter Trudgill, and Salikoko S. Mufwene.
Bilingualism, Sociolinguistics, and Crosslinguistic Differences are frequent topics.
2020 Lecture - Postponed
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, will synthesize her research on the interrelatedness of linguistic behaviors and self- and other-ascribed racial/ethnic/national identity among Dominicans in national and diasporic settings.
The presentation aims to elucidate the linguistic practices of Dominicans in local and immigrant contexts as they navigate the social classifications that circulate in local ecologies, embracing or eschewing fixed categories, among these, the binaries of European vs. African, Spanish-speaker vs. Creole/English-speaker, black vs. white, and Dominican/American vs. Dominican-/African-American.