Carmen Jany

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

California State University
Department of World Languages and Literatures
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2393
cjany@csusb.edu

 

Education Interests Publications Conferences Memberships Projects Awards

Teaching
Philosophy
Linguistics
Spanish
German

Service
Committees
Community

 

 

 

Interests

  • Native American Languages, Endangered Languages, & Typology

    Chimariko: Chimariko is a Northern California language, last spoken in the 1930s. For my MA thesis Argument Structure and Transitivity in Chimariko completed in 2004, I used data collected by J. P. Harrington in the 1920s. I also examined complementation in Chimariko resulting in an article entitled Is there any evidence for complementation in Chimariko? My dissertation project was a grammatical description of Chimariko within an areal-typological perspective. I am currently working on the narrative structure of Chimariko.

    San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe: A major project I started in 2005 invloves the documentation and description of San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe spoken by about nine hundred people in one village in the eastern midlands of Oacaxa, Mexico. Chuxnabán Mixe belongs to the Mixe-Zoque family, and it has been identified by its speakers as Midland Mixe. Currently, I am working on a web-based trilingual Mixe-English-Spanish dictionary database which includes information about the phonetics and phonology of Chuxnabán Mixe. The databse includes Mixe soundfiles and pictures form the area. Another related project concerns the phonetic analysis of vowel length and phonation contrasts in Chuxnabán Mixe.

    Typology: My main research focus concerns the ways in which endangered languages can contribute to and shape linguistic theory. I am particularly interested in Argument Structure, Stress Systems, and Clause Combining (Complementation and Relativization).
  • Phonetics and Phonology
    In 2002, I briefly worked on glottalization in Sierra Popoluca, a Mixe-Zoque language spoken in Veracruz, Mexico.
    From 2004 to 2007 I worked as a research assistant for Prof. Matthew Gordon on his NSF funded project entitled Auditory Modeling and Syllable Weight
    A recent project involves examining vowel length and quality in San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe (see above)
    I have also been working on stress systems (Chimariko, Mixe) and sonority and syllable weight.
  • Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
    As a German and Spanish teacher, my interests lie in the development of instruction materials using a communicative approach, as well as in effective teaching techniques. I am also interested in the development of teaching materials for Native American languages. I plan to assist in the development of instruction materials for San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe and am currently working on a searchable web-based trilingual Mixe-English-Spanish dictionary database including information about the phonetics and phonology of Chuxnabán Mixe. The databse includes Mixe soundfiles and pictures form the area.
  • Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
    Spanish-English language contact and bilingualism in the United States and Puerto Rico are of particular interest to me. Previously, I worked on the impact of English on Puerto Rican Spanish.
Last updated: 03/27/2008