On the twitch: focalizing'ser'

All linguists at some time (and more than likely multiple times per day) prick up their ears when they encounter an unexpected or rare structure 'in the wild'. This happened to me yesterday as I was talking with a Colombian friend about a trip that he'd recently taken. He was explaining an issue he'd encountered with an airline that had lost a piece of luggage. The resolution of the story included the following utterance:

(1)  Se encontró fue la maleta.

Quechua at UGA

In fall 2013, I will be offering Elementary Quechua Language and Culture (QUEC 1001). For more information, please feel free to contact me. Click here for a course syllabus.


"Las funciones de venga como intensificador en el español peninsular" by Inma Garnes

The latest proceedings of the Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics includes an article by PhD Student Inma(culada) Garnes entitled "Las funciones de venga como intensificador en el español peninsular."  This work explores the use of venga with intensifier functions. The data in her analysis are interesting and, quite frankly, difficult to interpret for non-natives. Particularly, venga can be used as a nominal modifier, similar to muchos, as shown in the example below. The abstract is also provided.

Talk at the Universidade de São Paulo

On Thursday, May 16th, I will be giving a talk at the Universidade de São Paulo in the Departamento de Linguística. The talk is entitled "Sobre as construções binominais". There is an announcement for the talk on the Department's events page. Below is the complete abstract.

Sobre as construções binominais


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