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Second Language Studies
University of Mississippi
May 5, 2022: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony of Jimoh Braimoh and Marta Galindo
April 14, 2022: The sweet farewell
April 14, 2022: The sweet farewell
April 14, 2022: The sweet farewell
April 1, 2022. Timur Akishev, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL LXXXIX) Annual Conference.
March 31, 2022. Iuliia Rychkova, Ph. D. Student, presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL LXXXIX) Annual Conference.
April 1, 2022. Dr. Coles & Marta Galindo, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL LXXXIX) Annual Conference.
Mar 31, 2022: Lin 571: Guest speaker Maiyojanna Pelayo shares her take on The Seal of Bilaterally
Mar 31, 2022: Lin 571: Guest speaker Maiyojanna Pelayo shares her take on The Seal of Bilaterally
Superdiversity in Lin 561: Guest speaker Marta Galindo shares her take on linguistic landscape
September 24, 2021. Our second meeting in person: work, fun, and love!
August 20, 2021. After one plus year of virtual work together, our team had its first meeting in person!
May 15, 2021. Timur Akishev, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
May 15, 2021. Timur Akishev, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
May 14, 2021. Arwa Alsindy presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
May 14, 2021. Arwa Alsindy presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
May 15, 2021. Shuang Cheng, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
May 15, 2021. Shuang Cheng, Ph. D. Candidate, presented at the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXXVIII Annual Conference.
Feb. 12th, 2021. Arwa Alsindy presented at the second UM The Colloquium / GSCALT.
Sep. 18th, 2020. Shanshan Duan performed the first UM Graduate Student Colloquium in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. The Colloquium / GSCALT.
Sep. 18th, 2020. Shanshan Duan performed the first UM Graduate Student Colloquium in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. The Colloquium / GSCALT.
February 28th, 2020. Talk on Vocabulary Acquisition in the L2 Classroom by visiting speaker Dr. Jamie Rankin, director of the German language program at Princeton University.
February 28th, 2020. Talk on Vocabulary Acquisition in the L2 Classroom by visiting speaker Dr. Jamie Rankin, director of the German language program at Princeton University.
February 28th, 2020. Talk on Vocabulary Acquisition in the L2 Classroom by visiting speaker Dr. Jamie Rankin, director of the German language program at Princeton University.
LIN 603 Seminar in Second Language Phonology (Fall 2019). Last day of class!
LIN 691 Quantitative Research Methods (Fall 2019). Group picture from the last day of class!
LIN 650 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition (Fall 2019). Group presentation from last day of class!
LING 616 Seminar in Syntax (Fall 2018). Last day of class!
Spring 2018. Dr. Fafulas and the pioneering candidates!
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Welcome to the website of the
Ph.D. program in Second Language Studies
at the University of Mississippi!

This program prepares students for advanced-level work in the areas of language instruction and linguistic research. Guided by the expert faculty specializing in multifarious research paradigms, our tight-knit, inclusive, and diverse student community is tirelessly working to make our own contribution to the contemporary study and teaching of languages.

Applied Linguistics and Spanish are the two main concentrations offered in terms of the program by the Department of Modern Languages.

Students from all over the world representing different backgrounds and languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of the program.

We are global!

News

04/26/2022: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Khadija Alzahrani and Maiyojanna Pelayo on successfully passing their comprehensive exams part 2 in the Spring Semester 2022!

04/12/2022: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Marta Galindo for successfully defending her dissertation in the Spring Semester 2022!

04/05/2022: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Jimoh Braimoh for successfully defending his dissertation in the Spring Semester 2022!

03/31-04/01, 2022: Congratulations to our classmates who have presented in SECOL LXXXIX. Southeastern (Virtual) Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) 2022:


Timur Akishev, Ph. D. Candidate,
Abdulah Aldawsari,
Dr. Felice Coles, & Marta Galindo,
Raúl Antonio Gamboa García,
Iuliia Rychkova, Ph. D. Student,
Ala Simonchyk.


02/03/2022: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Yasmine Sedeek on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2022!

28/01/2022: Congratulations to our classmates who have presented in AM (Alabama and Mississippi) TESOL 2022


Khadija Alzahrani, and Samah Dulli, "A Case Study of Bilingual Children Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement."
See poster here

Spring 2022: Congratulations, Timur!


Timur Akishev, PhD candidate in Second Language Studies will serve as an Open Research Laboratory Associate for the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
See more here

12/10/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Ali Alamry, Tareq Aldosari" and Abdullah Balbaid on successfully passing their comprehensive exams part 1 in the Fall Semester 2021!

12/06/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Rowida Al Ghamadi on successfully passing her comprehensive exams part 2 in the Fall Semester 2021!

11/12/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Arwa Alsindy on successfully passing her comprehensive exams part 2 in the Fall Semester 2021!

7/28/2021:Thank you for promoting our SLS program and the University of Mississippi, Dayni!


Interview from Study USA magazine to Dayni Díaz Mederos.

7/28/2021:Thank you for promoting our SLS program and the University of Mississippi, Dayni!


Interview from Study USA magazine to Dayni Díaz Mederos.

7/28/2021: Thank you for being our SLS program representative of the Saudi students, Arwa!


Arwa Alsindy is SASO's Vice-president and a very active member. The Saudi Arabian Students Organization represents Saudi students at the University of Mississippi!
Sacm Clubs / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

6/24/2021: Congratulations to our Department of Modern Languages!



"Enrollment in terminal degree program has multiplied 11 times in four years" (University of Mississippi News). Read more


5/05/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Lin Zhu on successfully passing her oral defense in the Spring Semester 2021!

05/05/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Rosalynn Vásquez Rutland and Marta Galindo on successfully passing their comprehensive exams part 2 in the Spring Semester 2021!

05/24/2021: Congratulations, Jimoh!


Jimoh Braimoh's manuscripts have been accepted for publication in the Southern Journal of Linguistics and in Per Linguam and the Forum of the Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS).

05/14/2021: Congratulations, Dr. Coles!


Dr. Coles has been elected Vice President of SECOL for 2021-2023 and President for 2023-2025. We know her new position implies a significant commitment and dedication of time. We also know that it will be a huge benefit to our Ph.D. students. We appreciate her loyalty to the field, to the school, and to the students. Congratulations for election to these important roles!

05/13-15/2021: Congratulations to our classmates who have presented in SECOL XXXVII. Southeastern (Virtual) Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) 2021: 


-Asmaa Taha, "The Functions and Uses of the Discourse Marker Bita: in Egyptian Arabic."
-Shuang Cheng, "Effects of Chinese morphological awareness and vocabulary knowledge on word boundary recognition in Chinese as a second language reading."
-Timur Akishev, "Morphosemantic Adaptation of -ING Anglicisms in Russian: A Parameter-Driven Approach."
-Marcella Netto, "How the screenplay of City of God reflects variable plural agreement within Determiner Phrases (DPs) in Brazilian Portuguese."

and presented and moderated the panel: 

-Arwa Alsindy, "Saudi Males and Females on Twitter."

05/01/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Yasmeen Alruwaili on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2021!

05/01/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Rowida Al Ghamadi on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2021!

05/01/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Khadija Alzahrani on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2021!


04/12/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Maiyojanna Pelayo on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2021!

04/10 - 11/2021: Congratulations!


Congratulations to Iuliia Rychkova and Timur Akishev for their successful presentations at the CARTA 2021 Conference (Central Association of Russian Teachers of America).

02/08 - 03/22/2021: Congratulations!


Timur Akishev has recently delivered a series of lectures for graduate students as an invited scholar at Samara University of Public Administration "International Market Institute", Samara, Russia. Topics:

1) “A step-by-step guide to pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics from an American university”
2) “Applying (qualitative and quantitative research methods) in applied linguistics”
3) “An ethnographic approach to discussing multilingual speakers’ language attitudes”

02/28/2021: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Marta Galindo on successfully passing her comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2021!

12/08/2020: Dear Dr. Coles:


We wish you a very productive time during your sabbatical! Thank you for all the help you have provided to all of us since we started the program. Your dedication is priceless. Best wishes!

12/01/2020: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Asmaa Taha on successfully passing her oral defense in the Fall Semester 2020!

12/01/2020: Congratulations to our committed Ph.D. students!


Congratulations to Shanshan Duan, Timur Akishev, Maiyojanna Pelayo, Iuliia Rychkova, and Marta Galindo for their participation in the MFLA conference 2020.

12/01/2020: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Shanshan Duan, Shuang Cheng, Rosalynn Vásquez Rutland, Arwa Alsindy, Raúl A. Gamboa García on successfully passing their comprehensive exams, and Asmaa Taha on successfully passing her oral defense in the Fall Semester 2020!

09/22/2020: Congratulations on your accomplishment!


Congratulations to Shanshan Duan for her excellent presentation on “Noun animacy as a far in the production of L2 English passives by L1 Mandarin learners” at our first Colloquium on September 18, 2020. Keep up your great work!

07/18/2020: Congratulations on your achievement!


Congratulations to Jimoh Braimoh on successfully passing his comprehensive exams in the Spring Semester 2020! 
Learn more about Jimoh.

07/31/2020: Out of the MA into the Ph.D.!


A fresh graduate of our department’s MA in Linguistics program, Beyza Cayli has been active in the Ph.D. program since day one! She has joined our website maintenance team as the manager of our program’s Instagram page.
Check out our Instagram page.

05/08/2020: Good luck, Prof. Sapp!


Professor Christopher Sapp has accepted a tenure-track position in the Germanic Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington starting this fall!
We thank him for his valuable input in our professional growth and wish him all the best!

05/01/2020: Congratulations to David Higginbotham and Timur Akishev on successfully passing their comprehensive exams this semester!


David is interested in the advantages that creative writing provides in second language learning and instruction of Spanish in the U.S., and Timur's work concerns the adaptation of -ING anglicisms in Russian and Kazakh.

(This information was last updated on June 12, 2022)