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Ramón Escamilla, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Thompson Hall 323

(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.

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

To appear. "A preliminary semantics and morphosyntactic typology of Chungli Ao descriptions of cutting and breaking (C&B) events." Indian Linguistics.

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]

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

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