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Rivas , Javier

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  • The bulk of Dr. Rivas´s research has been in the field of syntax, mainly on the study of grammatical relations, complementation, word order, and discourse markers. Most of his work focuses on syntactic variation, syntactic change, and grammaticalization. Dr, Rivas approaches language from a functionalist perspective, according to which grammar is motivated by discourse and cognitive patterns (information flow, iconicity, and economy). Grammatical patterns are the result of highly conventionalized discourse patterns that arise in local contexts of use. In this process of conventionalization, frequency plays a major role. As a result of his approach, Dr. Rivas´s studies are corpus-based and make use of both qualitative and quantitative methods.

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  • usage-based grammar, morphosyntactic variation and change, Hispanic linguistics

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Teaching

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  • SPAN 2110 - Second-Year Spanish 1
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Grammar review. Emphasizes reading, writing, and speaking skills. Attendance at the language laboratory may be mandatory. Department enforced prerequisite: SPAN 1020 (min. grade C-). Degree credit not granted for this course and SPAN 2150.
  • SPAN 3050 - Spanish Phonology and Phonetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
    Designed to teach some of the methods, techniques, and tools of descriptive linguistics as they apply to articulatory phonetics. Students analyze important contrasts between sounds of Spanish and English bymeans of phonetic transcription.
  • SPAN 3150 - Linguistic Analysis of Spanish
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Introduces students to fundamental areas of linguistic analysis with special attention paid to Spanish (and Portuguese). The structural systems of language will be introduced (principles of sound patterns, word formation, meaning, and sentence structure). Different types of language variation will be discussed (historical, social, regional).
  • SPAN 4215 - Spanish in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2020
    Describes the linguistic characteristics of U.S. Spanish, Spanish-English bilingualism and direct contact, including the study of borrowing, code switching, phonological and grammatical convergence, leveling, accommodation and attrition, among other linguistic phenomena. Discusses the relationships between language and identity, as well as the role of Spanish in U.S. education, media and social institutions.
  • SPAN 4450 - Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces students to the main areas of inquiry within the field of Hispanic linguistics. Topics to be covered include speech and language, phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics, linguistic change and variation and Spanish spoken in the United States. Same as SPAN 5450.
  • SPAN 5430 - Seminar: Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies a major topic from an area such as phonology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics and literature, or applied Hispanic linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 7430.
  • SPAN 5440 - Seminar: Trends in Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides an overview of major trends and issues in Hispanic linguistics, including phonology, syntax, dialectology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, text linguistics, semiotics, history of the Spanish language, language acquisition and applied linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 7440.
  • SPAN 7430 - Seminar: Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies a major topic from an area such as phonology, syntax, history of the Spanish language, Hispanic linguistics and literature, or applied Hispanic linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 5430.
  • SPAN 7440 - Seminar: Trends in Hispanic Linguistics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides an overview of major trends and issues in Hispanic linguistics, including phonology, syntax, dialectology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, text linguistics, semiotics, history of the Spanish language, language acquisition and applied linguistics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as SPAN 5440.

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