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Language Variation and Change
Contact Linguistics and Bilingualism
Grammaticalization and Semantic Change
Spanish Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
My academic pursuits focus primarily on offering a new interpretation of the history of Andean Spanish by initiating innovative social and linguistic analyses of colonial documents and modern varieties of Andean Peruvian Spanish, where the majority of Andean Spanish speakers reside. Although my research has focused primarily on the socio-historical and linguistic study of the development of Andean Spanish, the wider aim has been to understand the diversity of human verbal behavior in plurilingual societies, and how it influences change in language generally. As evidenced by my publications, this intellectual journey has evolved as it is informed by the latest theories on how languages change in contexts of language contact and social competition; by research in general theoretical linguistics, including cross-linguistic studies focused on grammatical change; and by my reading and learning from the work of scholars in other disciplines who focus on sociocultural history, especially in Latin America and other ex-colonial regions.
Université de Grenoble III, France, Licence de Linguistique
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Bachiller
State University of New York at Buffalo, Ph.D. in Linguistics
Reading Group: Social Dynamics of Language Variation and Change
Contact Linguistics Seminar
Dynamics of Language Variation and Change Seminar
Oral Varieties of Spanish
Spanish in the U.S.
Structure of Spanish
Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
Practical Review of Spanish Grammar
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor Emerita, Spanish and Portuguese
Professor Emerita, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Honors & Awards
LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2001-2002
Escobar, A. M., & Roy, J. (2022). Grammaticalization in the Evidential pathway of the Andean Spanish Present Perfect: Language contact as a trigger for language change. Isogloss, 8(4), . https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/isogloss.184
Escobar, A. M. (Accepted/In press). The emergence of Andean Spanish: against the odds. In S. Mufwene, & A. M. Escobar (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact: Volume 2: Multilingualism in Population Structure (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge University Press.
Mufwene, S., & Escobar, A. M. (Accepted/In press). Introduction: language contact in population structure. In S. Mufwene, & A. M. Escobar (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact: Volume 2: Multilingualism in Population Structure (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge University Press.
Mufwene, S., & Escobar, A. M. (Eds.) (2022). The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact: Volume 2: Multilingualism in Population Structure. (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics). Cambridge University Press.
Carvalho, A. M., & Escobar, A. M. (2020). Preface. In T. Bugel, & C. Montes-Alcala (Eds.), New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World (pp. IX-XI). (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics; Vol. 25). John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/ihll.25.pre