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Rivas , Javier Associate Professor


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research overview

  • 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.


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


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courses taught

  • SPAN 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 8840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 2110 Second-Year Spanish 1 (Summer 2018)
  • SPAN 3050 Spanish Phonology and Phonetics (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 6840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 8840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • SPAN 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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