Ramón Escamilla

Associate Professor, Linguistics; Director of Linguistics


Irby 302C

(501) 852-0997


Ph.D.     Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley (2012)

M.A.      Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley (2008)

B.A.      Japanese, U.C. Berkeley (2002), minor in Business Administration


Current research interests

Hupa (Dene/Athabaskan)

Evidentiality and mirativity


Moral panics, privileged speech, discriminatory language

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Japanese media discourse


Selected recent publications

Forthcoming. Whose Satan? U.S. mainstream media depictions of The Satanic Temple, 2013-2020.

Submitted. Translation, with Tadashi Yanai. Yanai, Tadashi. Films in which gods really breathe: Jean Rouch and the ciné-anthropology of nature. Japanese title: 神々が息づく映画——ルーシュとアフリカ的自然 [kami-gami ga ikizuku eiga: rūshu to afurika-teki shizen]

2021. What we do for each other [short story]. Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. Indiana University Press.

2021. When is a causative situation not mapped to a causative construction proper? The case of Hupa (Dene; California). Macrolinguistics 9(1), 101-112.

2019. Surveying the functions of Hupa =gya.
Proceedings of the 2018 Dene Languages Conference. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska.

2015. Lexical causativity revisited: material destruction events in Hupa (California Athabaskan). Southern Journal of Linguistics, 39-2: 1-24.

 2014b. 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.