Faculty Research Areas

Click here to see the main research areas in which Romance Languages graduate faculty work.

Visiting Researchers (Faculty and Graduate Students)

The Department of Romance Languages collaborates with a large number of visiting faculty and graduate student resarchers. Here is information on some of our current and future visitors and the projects they are working on:

Dr. Elizabeth Flores-Salgado (Professor, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla)

Project title: The pragmatic development of refusals in L2 learners (March-May 2017)

Sara Zahler (PhD student, Indiana University)

Project title: The relationship between short-term memory abilities and the development of sociolinguistic variation in second languages (April 2017)

Letícia da Cunha Silva (PhD student, Universidade de Brasília) 

Project title: Alternância locativa no Português Brasileiro (July-December 2017)

Isaac Castrillo de la Mata (PhD student, Salamanca University)

Project title: Análisis de los valores retórico-discursivos introducidos por el pretérito indefinido y por el pretérito perfecto desde una perspectiva centrada en el oyente. (September-December 2017)

Collaborative Initiatives

Centro Interuniversitario Franco Fortini

Italian Professor Thomas Peterson has an ongoing research collaboration with the “Centro Interuniversitario Franco Fortini” at the University of Siena, Italy. The Center houses the archives of Franco Fortini, a prominent Italian poet and intellectual who taught at the University of Siena until his death in 1994.  The International Cooperative Agreement between UGA's Department of Romance Languages and the Universities of Siena, Padua, Paris (III), and the Istituto Orientale of Naples was initiated in 2006. 

Digital Arts Library at the University of Georgia

French Professor Jonathan Baillehache, together with Professor Chris Eaket from the Department of Theater and Film Studies and Professors Shira Chess and Hartmut Koenitz from the Department of Telecommunications, are currently building a Digital Arts Library, dedicated to the teaching and the learning of digital arts, including electronic literature and video games. The Library will make available to professors and students a variety of gaming platforms, computers, and virtual machines, as well a library of computer games and pieces of electronic literature that reflects the history of the Electronic Arts since the early 1980s in different cultural contexts, including the history of French video games. The Digital Arts Library will be built during spring 2014 and should be fully operational in fall 2014.

Experimental Research in Linguistics Initiative (ERLI)

The Experimental Research in Linguistics Initiative is led by Dr. Margaret Quesada and Dr. Timothy Gupton. Its mission is to promote, develop, and explore experimental research methods for applications in a broad range of linguistic subfields such as language acquisition (L1, 2L1, Ln), phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, and syntax. It also aims to foster inter-disciplinary academic and intellectual collaboration among faculty and students pursuing studies in language and linguistics.

Fernão Lopes Translation Project

Dr. Amélia Hutchinson and the late Professor Teresa Amado, University of Lisbon, as co-directors of an international team of academics in the US (Professors Philip Krummrich, Morehead State University; Josiah Blackmore, Harvard University; Rita Costa-Gomes, Towson University; and Thomas Whigham, UGA), the UK (Emeritus Prof. Clive Willis, University of Manchester; Emerita Senior Lecturer Dr. Juliet Perkins, King's College London; Dr. Iona McCleery, University of Leeds; Francisco Fernandes, City University of London; Dr. Patricia-Anne Odber de Baubeta, University of Birmingham; and Ms. Shirley Clarke, former faculty University of Birmingham) and in Portugal (Dr. Tiago Viúla de Faria, Universidade Nova de Lisboa), have been working on the first complete English translation of four medieval chronicles by Fernão Lopes (1380?-1459) spanning a period from 1357 to 1411. The unique and invaluable Lopes's chronicles will open many new avenues for research in different fields, including Medieval History, Military Studies, Women Studies, Economy in the Middle Ages, Medicine, and many more. The expected date of publication of the four volumes is Spring 2015, in Boydell & Brewer's Tamesis collection. The project includes a supporting website incorporating an extensive database of supporting facts with additional interactive information on the content of the chronicles developed by the Franklin College Office of Information Technology, UGA. Graduate Students Fernanda Guida, Cris Lira, and Louise Goodman were also valuable collaborators in populating the database. This project has received generous grants from the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities),  the Portuguese DGLAB (Direção Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas) and FLAD (Luso-American Foundation for Development).