Ramon Escamilla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Linguistics


Thompson Hall 324

(501) 450-5607



Ph.D., Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley

M.A., Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley

B.A., Japanese, U.C. Berkeley

American Translators Association Certified Translator (CT; Japanese to English; #459030)

Research interests:

Native California, voice and valence, typology, sociolinguistics (esp. ethnography and CDA), Construction Grammar; Japanese


Hupa [hup] (California Athabaskan; 2007-present)

Andoa [anb] (Zaparoan; Peru; 2009)

Elicitation work:

Chungli Ao [njo] (Tibeto-Burman; California; 2008-2011)

Lotha [njh] (Tibeto-Burman; California; 2012-present)

Kazakh [kaz] (Turkic; Arkansas; 2012)

Kinyarwanda [kin] (Bantu; Arkansas; 2013)


Recent publications:

Submitted. "The encoding of causal relations in Hupa (California Athabaskan)." To an international journal, name withheld pending blind review.

Submitted. "A preliminary semantics and morphosyntactic typology of Chungli Ao descriptions of cutting and breaking (C&B) events." To an international journal, name withheld pending blind review.

Submitted. "Prototypical causative constructions? An empirical test of Dixon (2000)." To an international journal, name withheld pending blind review.

To Appear. "Causative constructions in two Naga languages." Southern Journal of Linguistics. Fall 2014.

2013.  "Discriminatory discursive strategies used by the Japanese mainstream news media in the representation of resident foreign nationals: a Critical Discourse Analysis-based examination.” In Critical and Corpus-Based Approaches to Intercultural Rhetoric, Gayle Nelson and Diane Belcher, eds. University of Michigan Press. [refereed book chapter]

2012. “The syntactic causative construction in Hupa (California Athabaskan).” Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 3. [peer-reviewed working paper]

2012. With Lindsey Newbold: “Notes on the structure of the Hupa personal narrative.” Alaska Native Language Center Working Papers (2012). [refereed proceedings paper]

2012. With Sarah Berson, Alex Bratkievich, Daniel Bruhn, Amy Campbell, Allegra Giovine, Lindsey Newbold, Marta Piqueras-Brunet, & Russell Rhomieux, eds. Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [co-edited volume]