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Rivas, Javier

Javier Rivas
Name: Javier Rivas
Title: Assistant Professor
Area: Spanish
Phone: 252-328-6543
Fax: 252-328-6233
E-mail: rivasrodriguezj@ecu.edu
Office: Bate 3312
Address: Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

 

BACKGROUND

B.A. English Language and Literature, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
M.A. General Linguistics, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Ph.D. General Linguistics, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

Comparative Spanish-English phonetics and grammar
Linguistic typology and universals
Linguistic ideologies
The arbitrariness / iconicity of language

Javier Rivas joined the Spanish faculty in the fall of 2003. He grew up in Galicia (Spain). Before coming to ECU, he taught at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst. His book on Ergativity and Transitive Gradients in the Accusative and Infinitive Construction relates the English and Latin accusative and infinitive construction to the phenomenon of ergativity. He has also published articles on several aspects of syntax. He is currently participating in two research projects: Language and Ideology: The Inventory of Linguo-Diversity and Spanish Syntax and Semantics: The Use and the Meaning of se.

 

COURSES

SPAN 1004 Spanish Level IV
SPAN 3335 The Structure of the Language
SPAN 6000 Advanced Language Skills

 

PUBLICATIONS

(2000) Ergativity and Transitive Gradients in the Accusative and Infinitive Construction. A Cross-linguistic Typological Approach. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Colección Lucus-Lingua, Annex No. 7 of Moenia. Revista Lucense de Lingua e Literatura. Review by O. Fischer in Linguistics 40/6, 2002, 1251-1256.

(2003) "Ergatividad y Gradaciones Transitivas en la Construcción de Acusativo con Infinitivo" in M. D. Muñoz Núñez, A. I. Rodríguez-Piñero Alcalá, G. Fernández Smith & V. Benítez Soto eds. IV Congreso de Lingüística General. Volumen IV. Comunicaciones. Universidad de Cádiz, 2003, 2213-2224.

(2002) "Complementos Directos Periféricos" in R. Lorenzo ed. Homenaxe a Fernando R. Tato Plaza. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2002, 255-266.

(2000) The Position of Subject Clauses in the History of English. Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies 21, 87-112.