by Helena Witzke
Dr. Robert E. Vann, WMU professor of Spanish linguistics and undergraduate advisor, is giving an invited plenary address this weekend at the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society’s fourth annual meeting April 15.
Vann’s address, which was originally set for the opening of the conference, was moved to the closing plenary address.
The Illinois Language and Linguistics Society, organized by the Linguistics Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, holds conferences in order to provide a forum for the most current linguistics research and discussion.
Vann’s research interests include billingualism and language contact in Spanish, documentary linguistics involving the Spanish of the Països Catalans, linguistic identities and ideologies relating to the Spanish language, pragmatics in Spanish, and Catalan studies, including a special interest in documenting and analyzing the Spanish of Barcelona. He teaches 10 different Spanish linguistics courses at WMU and is responsible for directing WMU’s first doctoral dissertation in Spanish linguistics.