Gabriela Caballero

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor

University of California, San Diego - Linguistics

My research program has two main goals: i) to make original and lasting contributions to the description and documentation of indigenous languages of the Americas; and ii) to further our collective understanding of the nature of crosslinguistic and intralinguistic variation in phonology and morphology. My interest in crosslinguistic variation stems from my deep commitment to careful study of particular languages and the desire to bring data from lesser-studied languages to bear on topics in formal phonology and morphology, topics that tend to be addressed with data from an unrepresentative handful of better-known languages. My research interests in phonology and morphology recently extend to the psycholinguistic investigation of phonological and morphological processing in order to better understand patterns of morphophonological variation in morphologically complex languages.

Much of my research is based on data from Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara), a Uto-Aztecan language spoken in Northern Mexico. I have been carrying out fieldwork on this language since 2003. Together with students, I have also worked with native speakers of Ixpantepec Nieves Mixtec (Tu'un Savi; Oto-Manguean) and Ja'a Kumiai (Yuman) in San Diego. I am especially interested in linguistic description and collaborative language documentation projects whose products serve both academic linguists and indigenous communities.

I am currently Faculty Undergraduate Advisor. Together with Sharon Rose, I direct the Linguistics Field Research Lab and organize the Lab's Working Group. I am also part of the phonetics & phonology research community in San Diego (PhonCo).

More details of my current research projects can be found here.

CV (pdf)

Winter 2018 schedule:

  • Morphology (Graduate, LIGN 220) - 10-11:50am, Field Lab (AP&M 2452)
  • PhonCo +Linguistic Fieldwork Working Group: Mondays 1pm, Field Lab (AP&M 2452)
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 1-2:30pm (or meeting by appointment), AP&M 4210

Recent/upcoming talks and presentations:

  • June 19-22, 2018: LabPhon16, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
      • Multidimensional tonal realization and prosodic variation in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara) [w/Marc Garellek] - poster presentation
  • October 26-28, 2017: VIII Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Texas, Austin.
      • Marcación de persona en el kumiai de Ja’a: composicionalidad, homofonía y neutralización [w/Qi Cheng (UCSD)]
      • Tono y estructura morfológica en el rarámuri de Choguita (Tarahumara).
  • October 5, 2017: Colloquium talk, Linguistics Department, University of Chicago
      • Tone and inflection in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara): implications for the typology and theory of morphological tone [w/Austin German (UCSD)]

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Last updated: February 21, 2018