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Rosa Vallejos
Associate Professor

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My research is centered in Amazonia. I pursue research in three areas of linguistics: morphosyntax, language contact, and documentary fieldwork. Since 1997, I have been involved in several community-oriented projects with indigenous groups. My fieldwork has generated a rich stream of documentation on two unrelated and typological distant languages, Kukama-Kukamiria (Tupían) and Secoya (Tukanoan), and on a variety of Spanish that coexists with dozens of indigenous languages in the Amazon. The documentation of these little-known languages and varieties of Spanish informs current debates concerning the range of variation possible in languages, which ultimately allows the development of cross-linguistically valid theories of human language. At the same time, my work provides crucial language resources for the speech communities I work with.

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 and ongoing projects:

  • Noun categorization devices and multiverb constructions in Secoya
  • Innovative grammar in Amazonian Spanish: (dis)agreement in adnominal possessive constructions
  • Contact effects in Spanish and Kukama: indexical vs. grammatical gender, null objects
  • Prosody in Amazonian Spanish and Kukama
  • The role of information structure in subordination: adverbial clauses in Kukama, clause chaining in Secoya

Selected Publications:

Books:

2018. Overall, Simon, Rosa Vallejos, & Spike Gildea (Eds). Non-verbal predication in Amazonian languages. Typological Studies in Language 122. John

Benjamins (More information)

2016.   Vallejos, Rosa. A grammar of Kukama-Kukamiria: A language from the Amazon. Leiden: Brill. (More information)

2015.   Vallejos, Rosa & Rosa Amías. Diccionario kukama-kukamiria / castellano. Iquitos: Formabiap. (Download)

Articles and Chapters:

  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2018. Functional-typological approaches to Hispanic Linguistics. In Kimberly L. Geeslin (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Spanish Linguistics, 72-94. doi:10.1017/9781316779194.005.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2018. Possessive semantic relations and construction types in Kukama. In Overall, Simon, Rosa Vallejos, & Spike Gildea (Eds.), Non-verbal predication in Amazonian languages. Typological Studies in Language 122, 295-313. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Overall, Simon, Rosa Vallejos & Spike Gildea. 2018. Nonverbal predication in Amazonia: typological and diachronic considerations. In Simon Overall, Rosa Vallejos, & Spike Gildea (Eds.), Non-verbal predication in Amazonian languages. Typological Studies in Language 122, 1-49. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2018. Kukama-Kukamiria. Texts in Indigenous Languages of the Americas series. International Journal of American Linguistics, 84, Supp. 1:129–147.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. Under review. Nominal Possession in Peruvian Amazonian Spanish: the role of animacy in the emergence of grammar. Spanish Diversity in the Amazon: Dialect and Language Contact Perspectives, volume edited by Anna María Escobar, Roberto Zariquiey, Pilar Valenzuela and Margarita Jara.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2016. Structural outcomes of obsolescence and revitalization: documenting variation among the Kukama-Kukamirias. In Gabriela Perez-Baez, Chris Rogers and Jorge Rosés-Labrada (Eds.), Language Documentation and Revitalization in Latin America, 143-164. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2016. Structural outcomes of obsolescence and revitalization: documenting variation among the Kukama-Kukamirias. In Gabriela Perez-Baez, Chris Rogers and Jorge Rosés-Labrada (Eds.), Language Documentation and Revitalization in Latin America, 143-164. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2015a. La indexicalidad de género en kukama-kukamiria desde una perspectiva tipológica. In Ana Fernandez, Albert Alvarez, and Zarina Estrada (Eds.), Estudios de Lenguas Amerindias 3: contribuciones al estudio de las lenguas originarias de América, 199-225. Hermosillo (Mexico): Universidad de Sonora.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2015b. La importancia de la documentación lingüística en la revitalización de las lenguas: un esfuerzo colaborativo entre los kukama-kukamiria. In Luis Enrique López (Ed.), Pueblos Indígenas y Educación 64. 61-106. Quito (Ecuador): Abya Yala.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2014a. Peruvian Amazonian Spanish: Uncovering variation and deconstructing stereotypes. Spanish in Context 11.3: 425-453.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2014b. Reference constraints and information-structure management in Kokama purpose clauses: A typological novelty? International Journal of American Linguistics, 80.1: 39-67.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2014c. Integrating language documentation, language preservation, and linguistic research: Working with the Kukamas from the Amazon. Language Documentation & Conservation, 8:38-65.
  • Cambio de valencia en kukama. 2014c. In Francesc Queixalós, Stella Telles, and Ana Carla Bruno (Eds.), Incremento de valencia en las lenguas amazónicas, 261-282. Bogota (Colombia): Caro & Cuervo.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2013a. El Secoya del Putumayo: aportes fonológicos para la reconstrucción del Proto-Tucano Occidental [Phonology of Putumayo Secoya: towards the reconstruction of Proto-Western Tucanoan]. Línguas Indígenas Americanas-LIAMES 13:67-100.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2010. Is there a ditransitive construction in Kokama-Kokamilla? Studies in Language, 34.1:75–107.
  • Vallejos, Rosa. 2009. The focus function(s) of =pura in Kokama-Kokamilla discourse. International Journal of American Linguistics, 75.3:399-432.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Collegium de Lyon. Visiting Fellow of 2019.– Institut d’Études Avanceés, Lyon, France.
  • Linguist List. Featured Linguist of 2017.
  • University of New Mexico. College of Arts & Sciences: Winner of Teaching Award for Excellence 2016.
  • Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Recipient of the 2011 Mary Haas Book Award bestowed on the best doctoral dissertation on a native language of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Association of Linguistic Typology (ALT). Honorable Mention for the 2011 Panini Award given for outstanding typological studies and reference grammars.

Grants (recent)

  • Project Title:  Noun categorization and complex predicates in Secoya, an Amazonian Language. Funding Organization: National Endowment for the Humanities, FN-260675. Start date: 07/01/2018; End date: 06/30/2019
  • Project Title:  Spanish in the Amazon: Historical forces, social relations and linguistic outcomes. Funding Organization: Research Allocations Grant, UNM. Start date: 07/01/2015; End date: 01/31/2017
  • Project Title: Spanish in the Amazon: Social relations and linguistic outcomes. Funding organization: Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM. Start date: 06/15/2015; End date: 07/15/2015.
  • Project Title:  Kukama: Trilingual Dictionary, Pedagogical Grammar, and Text Corpus Funding Organization: National Endowment for the Humanities, FN-5011012. Start date: 05/01/2013; End date: 12/31/2014
  • Project Title: Documentation and description of Amazonian languages. Funding Organization: Undergraduate Research Initiative, Arts and Sciences, UNM. Start date: 10/01/2013; End date: 05/30/14.
  • Project Title: A dictionary development workshop for the Kukamas from the Amazon. Funding organization: Latin American & Iberian Institute, UNM. Start date: 05/18/2013; End date: 07/29/2013.
  • Project Title: Collaborative Research: Kukama-Kukamiria and Omagua: Documentation, Description and (Non-)Genetic Relationships. Funding Organization: National Science Foundation, BCS #0965604. Start date: 01/01/2011; End date: 08/31/14.

Teaching Interests:

Language Contact, Morphosyntax, Native American Languages, Fieldwork Methods, Grammaticalization