I am studying event-related potentials ERPs and magnetic fields elicited by human brain activity. I am investigating the neural correlates of phonemic functions. Spanish Intonation. I am interested in the prosodic patterns associated to syntactic structures and semantic information. I studied the intonation of focus in Mexican Spanish in collaboration with Sahyang Kim. Spanish Phonetics. I am working on a phonetic description of Mexico City Spanish. I have been an expert witness identifying Spanish speech for the court in Los Angles.
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- The Segments And Tones Of Soyaltepec Mazatec.
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Phonetic Correlates of Emotion. Humans have an extremely sensitive capacity to detect the emotional states of individuals.
From very early ages we are able to perceive and discriminate a wide speactrum of emotions in our interlocutors. It takes just a few words to know whether they are happy, sad, angry, afraid or borred. There are multiple sources for this capacity, visual, kinetic, for instance; however the main source of this ability comes from the linguistic processing of speech. With the collaboration of my students at Stanford Olga Dmitrieva, Lauren Hall-Lew, Yuan Zhao we are investigating the phonetic correlates of emotional states which are retrieved by a listener.
Colonial Philology. I developed the taste for Colonial Philology while working as an undergraduate assistant for Thom Smith-Stark. I hope I could revisit this monumental work in the future. Pamean have one of the most unusual number systems of the world's languages: Base 8. In Northern Pame is completely productive, in Central Pame is productive in low numbers and is combined with Bases 10 and 20, In Southern Pame, there are only traces of Base 8, while bases 10 and 20 are the most prodcutive.
The Pamean number systems give evidence of the limits of Mesoamerica as a linguistic area. Analysis and Description of Indigenous Languages. The role of tone in the noun and verb inflection of Pame and Zapotec.
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Antecedentless binding constructions in Yalalag Zapotec. I started a trilingual dictionary Zapotec-Spanish-English. I collected a series of contemporary texts in Yalalag Zapotec. I collected a series of traditional narratives in Pame. I studied the acoustics of non-modal phonation, currently I am investigating it with electtroglottographic techniques. I found very interesting morpho-syntactic problems as long as I worked out the dictionary and texts. I started training speakers of Yalalag Zapotec with the aim that they can participate in and produce their own documentation projects.
Otomanguean, Otopamean. Northern Pame has a fascinating system of floating tones and consonant mutation processes nasalized vowels, non-modal phonation. I also collected data from Alaquines and Pastora, perhaps I recorded the last speaker of Pastora Pame. Central Pame has puzzling series of consonant clusters in onsets and codas, complex segmental inventory, which includes a series of ejectives and palatalized consonants, and series of oral and nasal vowels.
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I worked on Pima first as part of a field methods class and continued with weekly sessions for three more years, with my Pima teacher Mr. Virgil Lewis.
I did fieldwork in Winter and Summer I gathered data from Alotepec, Tlahuitoltepec and Ocotepec Ayuuk languages. I am working on the phonetics and perception of the of the strinkingly different vowel systems. Ayuuk languages have pervasive palatalization processes used to express grammatical categories. Research in collaboration with Silke Hamann. There are unusual series of glottalized consonants, both obstruents and sonorants. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. What about Southern African story grammar?
Promoting language specific macrostructures in educational settings. Chapter 4. How multilingual policies can fail Language politics among Ethiopian political parties. Chapter 5. Linguistic imperialism and language decolonisation in Africa through documentation and preservation. Chapter 6. Dictionary Day A community-driven approach to dictionary compilation. Chapter 7. Language endangerment in Southwestern Burkina A tale of two Tiefos. Chapter 8. Chapter 9. A morphosyntactic analysis of adjectives in two Kwa languages: Ga and Dangme.
Chapter Towards a unified theory of morphological productivity in the Bantu languages A corpus analysis of nominalization patterns in Swahili. The acoustic vowel space of Anyi in light of the cardinal vowel system and the Dispersion Focalization Theory. Structural transfer in third language acquisition The case of Lingala-French speakers acquiring English. Jason Kandybowicz.
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