Ramón Escamilla

Associate Professor, Linguistics


Irby 302C

(501) 852-0997


Ph.D.     Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley

M.A.      Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley

B.A.      Japanese, U.C. Berkeley; minor in Business Administration

B.A.     Creative Writing, University of Central Arkansas


Current research interests

Hupa (Dene/Athabaskan)

Evidentiality and mirativity


Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), moral panics, and Japanese media discourse


Selected recent publications

Forthcoming. Hupa indefinite proforms: Applying and problematizing Haspelmath (1997). In the Southern Journal of Linguistics.

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]

2023. Whose Satan? U.S. mainstream media depictions of The Satanic Temple. Discourse & Society 34(1), 54–76.

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.