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Welcome_logo.JPGto the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Our department focuses on three areas: linguistics, cultural studies, and language learning and teaching.  We are dedicated to quality teaching, research and outreach.

The faculty places great emphasis on the education of students, from first-year undergraduates through advanced doctoral candidates and on to active research that not only explores cutting-edge theoretical and applied issues but is also closely linked to educational goals and engages students in the classroom. Collectively, departmental teaching and research reflect continuing concern for the local, national and global community.

By the very interdisciplinary nature of the fields represented in the department, issues of how language reflects the nature of the human mind, how language is acquired, the interaction of language and culture, minority perspectives, diversity and internationalization lie at the center of our activities.


News

Congratulations to our 2015 Student Award winners

Outstanding Graduating Senior in Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Emily Hammond, Japanese Major

Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Kali Bybel, Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Arabic Program
Varsha Koduvayur

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Chinese Program
Michael Robinson

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the German Program
Maxwell Bender

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Japanese Program
Emily Hammond

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Linguistics Program
Darren Embury

Outstanding Graduating Senior in the Russian Program
Paul Rose

Outstanding Graduate Student in German
Anne von Petersdorff-Campen, Ph.D. Candidate

Outstanding Graduate Student in Linguistics
Qian Luo, Ph.D. Candidate

Outstanding Graduate Student in TESOL
Hima Rawal, M.A. Candidate


MSU TODAY - ALAN BERETTA
Prof. Alan Beretta (Linguistics) was featured in MSU Today's "Faculty Voice" for his work in MSU's EEG lab.


INTERVIEW WITH PROF. DEBRA HARDISON
Professor Debra Hardison was interviewed by MastersinTESOL.net.  Read more...

Department Offerings

Programs Languages
Linguistics Arabic Hebrew Persian Thai
TESOL Chinese Hindi Russian Wolof
Additional
Languages
German Japanese Swahili Vietnamese
Hausa Korean Tamil Zulu

Events

DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECT: KITZINGER JAIL RELEASE DOCUMENTS

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Eighteen manuscripts (Urfehde-Verschreibungen) dated from 1520-1527 from the European Criminology Collection of MSU Libraries, documenting the release of prisoners from the Margraves of Brandenburg's jail in Kitzingen, Germany. 

Read more here, or visit the site: http://sites.cal.msu.edu/pmc/.  


IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE F. PETERS

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor George Peters on July 8, 2014. George will be remembered as a dear colleague to all of us. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor, a dedicated scholar of German, a caring and effective leader, and a dear colleague to all who had the pleasure of working with him. Read more at: In Memoriam: George Peters