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Carlos Raul Molina-Vital

Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Carlos Molina-Vital is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation in Linguistics from Rice Univeristy, Houston, Texas. He has an M.A. in Linguistics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, in Lima, Peru, where he is from. He also obtained there his B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and Literature.

His current interests are language typology and universals, Usage-Based approaches to Linguistic Theory (Cognitive and Functional Linguistics), and Language Education (Spanish and Quechua). He has also done Linguistic Fieldwork in the Andes in Peru in 2009, 2011, and 2012. His dissertation will provide a functional and cognitive account of voice alternations (active, passive, spontaneous, causatives) and their relationship with verb semantics and verbal aspect in two Quechua varieties (Cuzco and Ancash, in Peru).

He wants to apply his findings to the elaboration of pedagogical grammars for those Quechua varieties. His goal here is to work with communities and teachers in the regions in which those varieties are spoken in order to gather data from oral texts produced in formal contexts (debates, community gathering, religious meetings, and workshops). In this way, a grammatical description will be possible for the way in which language is actually used to create a formal style in an oral language. That description will provide a sound basis for standard grammars of Ancash and Cuzco Quechua that feel closer to the common spoken practices of the students in bilingual education programs.


School of Cognitive Science

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