Graduate Colloquium Series: Kelsey Harper

“Peruvian Spanish in the United States”

Tuesday, 18 April, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

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Ph.D. candidate, Department of Hispanic Studies, 2016-2017 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Through open-ended interviews, Kelsey Harper’s research seeks to describe linguistic features of one of the lesser-known Hispanic minority groups, Peruvians. Existing studies on Spanish in the United States cover the largest minority groups: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central Americans and Dominicans. However, the growing number of South American immigrants warrants linguistic studies about these communities as well. This research answers how U.S. Peruvians adapt to a new cultural and linguistic setting where their variety of Spanish mixes with others, and more specifically: 1) What are the demographic characteristics of Peruvians living in the United States? 2) What characterizes the Spanish spoken by this group? 3) What is the role of language in maintaining Peruvian identity? 4) To what extent do Peruvians integrate linguistically with other Hispanics? This study reveals how linguistic minorities in general and Peruvians in particular feel about their own linguistic changes, and what they believe is gained and lost in the migratory process.

The Graduate Colloquium offers graduate students an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Kelsey Harper’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at

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