Expertise

Hispanic Linguistics, Live Grammar: A Grammar Centered on the Verb. Teaching with Music, Hispanic Popular Cultures

Biography

I would like to accentuate what makes my praxis unique. One of my pedagogical interests has been the creation of a classroom environment in which students are motivated to learn Spanish and feel comfortable to participate. I found a material base for conveying this atmosphere, along with phonological, morpho-syntactic, semantic and cultural content in the wonderful world of Hispanic music. Meanwhile, a pedagogical and research challenge ensued from the material: I discovered that grammars centered in the category noun-subject, by which I had been trained, lacked the necessary explanatory power for a complex text, such as a song.

I decided to focus my research in and out of the classroom on developing a model of linguistic analysis centered in the verb. I have been pleased to confirm that the grammar resulting from the application of this paradigm (1) explains Spanish language respecting Hjemslev's principles of simplicity and coherence, and (2) constitutes a sound pedagogical tool to teach any song or text. My research project has been published internationally by Lincom Europa as Esbozo de una Gramática Viva del Español: Una Gramática Centrada en el Verbo (2010), and Introduction to Live Grammar: A Grammar of English Centered on the Verb (2012), and recently by Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística in the article, “Marco teórico para la comprensión de Gramática viva: Una gramática centrada en el verbo" (2018).

Selected Publications

Books

  • Introduction to Live Grammar: A Grammar of English Centered on the Verb. Munich: Lincom Studies in English Linguistics, 18, 2012. 65 pp. ISBN 9783862883493.
  • Esbozo de una Gramática Viva del Español: Una Gramática Centrada en el Verbo. Munich: Lincom Studies in Romance Linguistics, 66, 2010. 120 pp. ISBN 9783862901869. 
  • Bautista Gutiérrez, Gloria & Norma Corrales- Martin. Pinceladas Literarias Hispanoamericanas. (A literary anthology). New York: Wiley & Sons,  2004. 362 pp. ISBN 0-471-29747-X. 

Articles

  • “Marco teórico para la comprensión de Gramática viva: Una gramática centrada en el verbo/ Theoretical framework for the Comprehension of Live Grammar: A Grammar Centered on the Verb”. Revista Iberoamericana de Lingüística, RIL.  No. 13, 2018. 38-74. Universitas Castellae, Valladolid.
  • “Estudio de refranes desde el marco referencial de la cultura popular” (Study of Sayings from the Referential Framework of Popular Culture). Actas del XIX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, AIH (Proceedings from the XIX Conference of the International Association of Hispanists). University of Münster, Germany. 2018. In press.

Courses Taught

  • Span 0837 Eating Cultures
  • 0937 Honors Eating Cultures 
  • Hispanic Popular Cultures 
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics- 4302
  • Latin American Literature of Social Conflict-4148
  • The Hispanic Mind- 3261
  • Honors Special Topics-3960 (Hispanic American Female Icons and Iconoclasts, in English)
  • Special Topics- 3060 (Hispanic American Female Icons and Iconoclasts, in Spanish)
  • Advanced Grammar and Linguistic Concepts- 3003
  • Advanced Composition and Conversation- 3001
  • Advanced Writing Skills -3096
  • Composition- 2096
  • Latin America Film and Fiction- 2101
  • Conversational Review and Honors Conversational Review- 2001 & 2901
  • Basic and Honors Spanish II- 1002/1902
  • Spanish Basic II 1002