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Ramón Escamilla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Thompson Hall 323

(501) 450-5607



Ph.D., Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley (semantics, functional syntax and morphology, Native California)

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

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

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


Current research interests/manuscripts:

Mirativity and evidentiality

Functional approaches to the syntax-semantics interface

The structure of the Hupa (Dene/Athabaskan) narrative

The typology of indefinite proforms

Applications of cognitive linguistics to TESOL



Courses designed and taught/teaching:

LING 4355, Special Topics: Cognitive Linguistics and TESOL

LING 2350, World Languages (typology)

LING 4370, Field Methods in Linguistics (Kazakh, Rwanda, Lao)

LING 4360, Historical Linguistics and Language Change

LING 4345, Analytical Methods of Morphology and Syntax

LING 3325, Sociolinguistics

LING 1310, Language, Culture, and Society (linguistic anthropology)

LING 2320, Introduction to Linguistics

LING 4350, Phonology

IEP 1238, Level 4 Academic Grammar (ESL)

IEP 1229, Level 5 Academic Writing (ESL)



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)

Lao [lao] (Tai-Kadai; Arkansas; 2014)


Recent publications:

Submitted Nov 2014. “Lexical causativity revisited: material destruction events in Hupa (California Athabaskan).” Southern Journal of Linguistics.

Under revision. "Prototypical causative constructions? An empirical test of Dixon (2000)." Frames and Constructions.

2014. "A preliminary semantics and morphosyntactic typology of Chungli Ao descriptions of cutting and breaking (C&B) events." Indian Linguistics 75 (3-4) 2014: 65-82.                                                                                                          

2014. "Causative constructions in two Naga languages." Southern Journal of Linguistics 38.2: 1-27 

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. [book chapter]

2012. “The syntactic causative construction in Hupa (California Athabaskan).” Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 3, 2-18.

2012. With Lindsey Newbold: “Notes on the structure of the Hupa personal narrative.” Alaska Native Language Center Working Papers 2011.

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.

2011. With Amy Campbell, Kayla Carpenter, Andrew Garrett, Lindsey Newbold, Anne Pycha, and Justin Spence (eds.). “Hupa Language Dictionary and Texts.”

2009. With Lev Michael, Christine Beier, and Marta Piqueras-Brunet. Katsakáti. El idioma antiguo del pueblo de Andoas. Iquitos, Peru.