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Rosa Vallejos

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Associate Professor

Associate Professor (also Department of Spanish & Portuguese)

My research is centered in Amazonia, and integrates functional syntax, documentary fieldwork and Spanish in contact with Amazonian languages. Since 1997, I have been involved in several community-oriented projects with indigenous groups from Peruvian Amazonia. My research is grounded essentially in naturally occurring spoken language. I have conducted extensive fieldwork with Kokama (Tupian-based mixed language) and Secoya (Western Tucanoan). Courses that I teach include: language contact, Native American languages, and Spanish functional morphosyntax, among others.

Educational History:

  • 2010, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene. Ph.D. in Linguistics; Dissertation: “A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla” Director: Spike Gildea
  • 2004, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene. Ph.D. in Linguistics; Thesis title: Basic Clauses in Kokama-Kokamilla. Directors: Spike Gildea and Doris Payne
  • 2001, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. Licentiate in Linguistics

Research Interests:

Functional syntax & the syntax-discourse interface:
  • The role of information structure factors in subordination
  • Multiverb constructions
Spanish in contact with Amazonian languages:
  • The expression of possession
  • The emergence of discourse particles
  • Prosodic patterns, in collaboration with Christian Koops and David Páez (University of New Mexico).
Documentary & comparative linguistics:
  • The genesis of Kokama & Omagua, in collaboration with Lev Michael (University of California, Berkeley)
  • A trilingual dictionary and a pedagogical grammar for Kokama
  • Documentation and description of Secoya (Western Tucanoan)

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed Journals:

  • (To appear). Reference constraints and information-structure management in Kokama purpose clauses: A typological novelty? International Journal of American Linguistics.
  • (To appear). Secoya phonology: towards a reconstruction of Proto-Tucano. Línguas Indígenas Americanas-LIAMES, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil.
  • (Under review). Amazonian Spanish: Uncovering Variation and deconstructing Stereotypes.
  • (Under review). Integrating language documentation, language preservation, and linguistic research: Working with the Kokamas from the Amazon.
  • (2010). Is there a Ditransitive Construction in Kokama-Kokamilla? Studies in Language, 34.1:75–107.
  • (2009). The focus function(s) of =pura in Kokama-Kokamilla discourse. International Journal of American Linguistics, 75.3:399-432.

Chapters:

  • (To appear). Cambio de valencia en Kokama. Volume edited by Francesc Queixalós. Caro & Cuervo.
  • (2007). Fonología de la variedad cocamilla del río Huallaga. Volume: Fonologías, Programa de Formación de Maestros Bilingües de la Amazonía Peruana, Perú.

In preparation:

  • (In prep). Reconstructing Proto-Omagua-Kokama. With Lev Michael and Zachary O’Hara.
  • (In Prep). Multi-verb constructions in Secoya: Clause chaining in crosslinguistic perspective.
  • (In prep). Structural outcomes of language decay and language revitalization: On fluent speakers, semi-speakers and neo-speakers of Kokama.

Peer-reviewed proceedings:

Selected conference presentations:

  • 2013. Amazonian Spanish: uncovering variation and deconstructing stereotypes. Presented at the 9th Conference of Spanish in contact with other languages. McAllen, TX. March 6-9.
  • 2013. Working with the Kokamas from the Amazon to document their language. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Boston, MA. January 3-6.
  • 2012. Information structure and subordination in Kokama purpose clauses. Presented at the 10th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference (HDLS-10). Albuquerque, NM. November 1-3.
  • 2012. Syntactic cohesion in Kokama noun phrases. Presented at the conference AMAZONICAS IV, Lima, Peru. April 24-28.
  • 2012. Syntactic integration and information-structure management in Kokama. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas - SSILA. Portland, OR. January 5-8.
  • 2011. (Non)-contrastive focus constructions in Kokama discourse. Presented at the Workshop in Information Structure and Subordination: South America and Beyond. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, April 27-28.
  • 2011. On the Creoleness of Kokama. Presented at the Workshop Europe Beyond Europe: New Horizons on Pidgins and Creoles. University of Pavia, April 18-22.
  • 2011. Voice and the polyfunctionality of Kokama –ka. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Pittsburg, PA. January 6-9.
  • 2011. Documenting for Revitalization: a Report on a Project With the Kokama-Kokamillas from the Amazon. Invited talk given at Fieldwork Forum. Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, April 07.

Awards and Grants:

  • Mary Haas Book Award for the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Dissertation: A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla (2010). National Endowment for the Humanities / National Science Foundation Documenting
  • Endangered Languages Fellowship. (2013-2014). Funding to produce a trilingual dictionary and a pedagogical grammar for Kokama.
  • National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Grant. (2010-2013).
  • Funding for historical and comparative research in Amazonia, in collaboration with Lev Michael (UC/Berkeley).
  • Latin American and Iberian Institute Field Research Grant (2013). Funding for travel costs for fieldwork in the Amazon.

Teaching Interests:

Language Contact, (Spanish) Functional Morphosyntax, Native American Languages