Viola Giulia Miglio


Office Location

Spanish and Portuguese Phelps Hall 4206


Phonetics/Phonology; Language Change; Translation; Basque Studies


Prof. Miglio is a linguist whose main interests are phonetics/phonology,language change, and translation. Recently she has been active in the field of Basque Studies, as a result she has been entrusted with the Barandiarán Endowed Chair of Basque Studies, through which she organizes Basque Studies courses and events. She has published a number of articles on Romance languages and Icelandic, as well as two books: Las Antiguas Literaturas Celtas y Germánicas(México, D.F.: U.N.A.M., as editor, 1995), and Markedness and Faithfulness in Vowel Systems (New York: Routledge, 2005). She is currently working on a book about Basque whaling in Iceland in the XVII century (with Xabier Irujo, University of Nevada), and is one of the authors of the Íslensk-spænsk orðabók (Icelandic-Spanish Dictionary, in press for Edda Publishing, Reykjavík). Her website is here.

She heads the Department's Program in Hispanic Linguistics and its Phonetics Lab. Current projects in the lab are a contrastive study of L2 Spanish/German vowels (with Prof. D. Chun), typology of Romance languages and a comparison among different Spanish dialects.