Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Chiyo Nishida


Associate ProfessorPh.D.-Linguistics, University of Arizona

Chiyo Nishida

Contact

  • Phone: 512-232-4514
  • Office: BEN 3.124
  • Office Hours: TTh 11-12 / 2-2:30
  • Campus Mail Code: B3700

Interests


Spanish morphosyntax

Biography


My past research has focused on Spanish morph-syntax, with a particular interest in the behavior of pronominal clitics and related constructions.  I have published on such topics as the reflexive clitic se and aspect, the second-position clitics in Old Spanish, and restructuring.  I am also one of the few to apply Categorial Grammar to the analysis of Spanish syntax. 

My current research interests include argument realization variation in ditransitive and gustar-type verb constructions. I am also interested in word order issues in unaccusative verb constructions. In the last few years I have conducted corpus studies on these topics, publishing and giving conference presentations. I base my analyses broadly on lexical semantics,  information structure, and performance theory to account for the data.  

Most recently, I have begun working on how we can teach information structure and word order to intermediate to advanced students of Spanish.

Courses


SPN F345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

88280 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm BEN 1.124

SPN 345L:
 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to successfully  describe and analyze sounds, words and phrases in Spanish. This course will introduce students to various subfields of linguistics, including:
·   Phonetics: nature and articulation of sounds
·   Phonology: organization and use of sounds to encode meaning
·   Morphology: internal structure of words
·   Syntax: principles underlying construction of phrases and sentences
·   Diachronic linguistics: processes involved in the evolution of language
·   Pragmatics: situational or contextual usage of language
·   Sociolinguistics: effects of society / social variables on language
·   Dialectology: linguistic variation corresponding to geographic distribution
Although this is an introductory linguistics course, it is not an introduction to basic aspects of the Spanish language. Therefore, students should enter the course with an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish as well as a familiarity with grammatical concepts. This is a very challenging course that requires strong analytical skills as well as a willingness to deal with a wide range of technical terminology, definitions, formalizations and abstract concepts.

SPN F345L • Intro To Hispanic Linguistics

88605 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 100pm-230pm BEN 1.104

SPN 345L:
 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to successfully  describe and analyze sounds, words and phrases in Spanish. This course will introduce students to various subfields of linguistics, including:
·   Phonetics: nature and articulation of sounds
·   Phonology: organization and use of sounds to encode meaning
·   Morphology: internal structure of words
·   Syntax: principles underlying construction of phrases and sentences
·   Diachronic linguistics: processes involved in the evolution of language
·   Pragmatics: situational or contextual usage of language
·   Sociolinguistics: effects of society / social variables on language
·   Dialectology: linguistic variation corresponding to geographic distribution
Although this is an introductory linguistics course, it is not an introduction to basic aspects of the Spanish language. Therefore, students should enter the course with an advanced level of proficiency in Spanish as well as a familiarity with grammatical concepts. This is a very challenging course that requires strong analytical skills as well as a willingness to deal with a wide range of technical terminology, definitions, formalizations and abstract concepts.

SPN 383N • Smnr On Interfaces In Spanish

46715 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.210

Publications


Nishida, C.  2016.  "El español y el japonés".  Book review.  Hispania.  (In press)

Nishida, C. 2016.  “IO realization variation in Spanish reverse psych verb sentences.” In Thierry Ruchot (ed.) Non-canonical Predicative Relations, John Benjamins.   (In press)

Nishida, C.  2012.  "A Corpus Study of Mexican Spanish Three-participant Constructions with and without Clitic Doubling."   Linguistic Discovery 10.3: 208-240.   

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Nishida, C & C. Russi (eds).  2012. Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and New World: Current approaches to the study of tense, aspect, mood and modality across languages.  New York: Rodopi.   

Beavers, J. and C. Nishida. 2010.  “The Spanish Dative Alternation Revisited," in Sonia Colina et. al (eds.),  The Selected Proceedings of 39th Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages. 217-230.   Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 

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Nishida, C. 2012.  "Restructuring and Clitic Climbing in Romance: A Categorial Grammar Analysis". In Artemis Alexiadou, Tibor Kiss, and Gereon Mueller (eds.), Local Modelling for Non-local Problems in Syntax. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.   

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MaCready, E. and C. Nishida. 2008.  "Reflexive Intransitives in Spanish and Event Semantics". In Johannes Dölling, Tatjana Heyde-Zybatow, and Martin Shäfer (eds.), Event Structures in Linguistic Form and Interpretation, Language Context and Cognition 5, 223-245.  Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 

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Nishida, C. & Montreuil, J. (eds)  2006. New Perspectives in Romance Linguistics. Amsterdam :John Benjamins

Nishida, C. & C. Isabelli.  2005.  "Development of the Spanish Subjunctive in a Nine-month Study-abroad Setting."  Cascadilla Press.

Nishida, C. 1996.  Second-Position Clitic Pronouns in Old Spanish and Categorical GrammarIn Aaron Halpern and Arnold Zwicky (eds.), Second Position Clitics and Related Phenomena, 333-373.  Stanford, Ca.: Center for the Study of Language and Information.  

 

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Conference Presentations


No simple agreement markers: Distribution of Spanish dative clitics in two reverse psych verbconstructions, to be presented at 49th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Naples, Italy.

Teaching word-order: Where we can begin.  (invited lecture)  University of Nevada –Reno.   Spring 2016.

Clitic doubling in Spanish reverse psych verb sentences: variation and gradience.  EmpiricalMethods and Grammatical Theory: The Issue of Gradience.   38th Annual Conference of theGerman Linguistic Society (DGfS), Konstanz, Germany.   Spring 2016.

“IO realization variation in Spanish gustar-type verb constructions: a corpus-based study.   Romania Nova IV, Buenos Aires, Argentina.   Fall 2014.

“Referential effects on IO realization in Spanish reverse psych verb constructions.” Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language,  Santa Barbara.  Fall 2014.

English-Spanish Contrastive Morpho-syntax,” Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) Special Speaker Series, University of Texas-Austin.  Summer 2014.  Invited lecture.

Optional clitic doubling in Spanish reverse psych verb constructions. Texas Linguistics Society, University of Texas-Austin.   Fall 2013. 

The subject in Italian and Spanish unaccusative constructions: a discourse perspective.    Workshop on Subject: Cognitive, Typological and Functional Approaches organized by Linguistics Society of Finland (SKY), Helsinki, Finland (with Cinzia Russi).  Fall 2013.

Reverse psych verb constructions with and without clitic doubling in the Peninsular Spanish. 43rd Annual Meeting of Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), CUNY, NY.  Spring 2013.

Complement order variation in Spanish ditransitive constructions.” American Association of Corpus Linguistics.  San Diego.  Spring 2013.

Inversion psych verb gustar ‘to appeal’ with and without clitic doubling in the Peninsular Spanish. Colloquium on non-canonical predicative Relations.  Caen, France.  Fall 2012.

 The Oblique/IO Alternation with Give-type and Send-type Verbs in Spanish. 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.   Universidad de Logroño, Spain.  Fall 2011.

The Oblique/IO Alternation in Three-participant Constructions,” Workshop on Referential Hierarchy in Three-participant Constructions.  Lancaster University, Great Britain.   Summer 2011.

What can a corpus-study tell us about the Spanish dative alternation? 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Indiana University.  Fall 2010.

Localizing the Loss and Attrition of the Subjunctive through Generations

Localizing the Loss and Attrition of the Subjunctive through Generations: The Case of Central Texas Adult Bilinguals, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  October, 2009.  (with Isla Flores-Bayer)

What can a corpus study tell us about the Spanish dative alternation?

What can a corpus-study tell us about the Spanish dative alternation?  Paper presented at the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Indiana University.  October 2010.

The Oblique/IO Alternation in Spanish Three-participant Constructions

Workshop on Referential Hierarchy in Three-participant Costructions. Lancaster University,  May 2011

The Oblique/IO Alternation with Give-type and Send-type Verbs in Spanish.

44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea.   Universidad de Logroño, Spain.  September 2011.

Inversion psych verb gustar 'to appeal' with and without clitic doubling in the Peninsular Spanish

Colloquium on Non Canonical Predicative Relations, University of Caen, France.  November 2012

Complement Order Variation in Spanish Ditranstive Constructions

American Association of Corpus Linguistics, San Diego State University.  January 2013


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