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Program Name: Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Alternate Name: Spanish Philology/Linguistics Program
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Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Address: 1220 Linden Drive, 1018
Van Hise Hall
City: Madison
Zip/Postal Code: 53706
State/Province: WI
Country: USA
Application Deadline: January 5, 2012
Contact Person: Fernando Tejedo

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Phone: 6082622096
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to invite applications to our recently launched Spanish M.A. Program with concentration in Linguistics and our well-established Ph.D. program in Hispano-Romance Philology/Linguistics. The Department offers a Teaching Assistant line to most accepted applicants. There are also other possibilities for financial support for applicants fitting the relevant criteria.

The Spanish M.A. program with a concentration in linguistics consists of 24 credits (plus a two-credit course, College Teaching of Spanish, required of all new Teaching Assistants). The MA is designed to offer comprehensive training in the core subject areas of linguistics. Classes provide students with an advanced understanding of methods and concepts across linguistics, from cutting-edge theory to practical research work. Information about course requirements can be found at

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese also offers a Hispano-Romance Philology/Linguistics Ph.D. program that consists of 24 credits (twelve credits in the major area and six in each supporting field). Information about details on additional course and language requirements can be found at

Our faculty offers courses in the core subject areas of Linguistics, while also offering the possibility to focus on Formal Spanish Linguistics, Dialectology, Sociolinguistics/Variation, Philology/Historical Linguistics, and Applied Spanish Linguistics. The Department has an excellent placement
record for its graduates.

Contact Information:
Professor Grant Armstrong (Syntax; Semantics), gwarmstrong AT
Professor Diana Frantzen (Applied Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition), dlfrantzen AT
Professor Rajiv Rao (Phonetics; Phonology), rgrao AT
Professor Sandro Sessarego (Language Contact; Sociolinguistics), sessarego AT
Professor Cathy Stafford (Applied Linguistics; Second and Third Language Acquisition), cstafford AT
Professor Fernando Tejedo (Historical Linguistics; Dialectology), lftejedo AT

* General Requirements to Apply to the Program
Applicants to the M.A. with a concentration in linguistics should have completed a B.A. (or its foreign equivalent) in Spanish studies at an accredited U.S. college or foreign institution. Web Address for Applications can be found at

Additional information on the Graduate School application requirements can be found at
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