Welcome to the Language in Context (LICO) Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies! 

WHO WE ARE:

We are an organization and a physical space for scholars, teachers, and students to explore how people use language and communicate in real world contexts and the development of heritage language proficiency.  Underlying our work is the primacy of naturalistic language data.  Our research paradigms include variationist approaches to sociolinguistic variation, conversation analysis, and ethnographic fieldwork within communities.  Many of our projects intersect with cultural studies, particularly among Latinos in the U.S.  We also examine language policy to promote social justice as well as the education of language minority students in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

WE ARE HOME TO:

Check out “events” to learn about our talk series, with presentations by UIC faculty, LICO student members, and off-campus invited speakers.  These talks are scheduled in conjunction with the Talks in Linguistics, and our sister labs, the Bilingualism Research Lab and the Cognition of Second Language Acquisition Laboratory.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND US:

LICO is located on the 16th floor of University Hall, room 1623.

Our space includes 6 computers with software that supports research on language in context, including ATLAS.ti, Goldvarb, etc.  There is also a small library as well as frequent opportunities to discuss readings and research with like-minded peers.

LICO FOUNDING DIRECTOR: Dr. Kim Potowski
LICO Research Assistant, 2016-2017: Zenaido Ramos

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