Work on Indigenous Languages of Latin America
The empirical basis of my work is research on languages of Latin America. My dissertation research is based on my fieldwork on Rarámuri (Taracahitan; Uto-Aztecan) in the community of Choguita, Chihuahua, which I began in 2003. Before that, I worked with a speaker of Ojachichi Rarámuri (between 2000 and 2002) for my undergraduate honors thesis. I have worked with speakers of Mayo (Taracahitan; Uto-Aztecan), Huastec Nahuatl (Aztecan; Uto-Aztecan), Yucatec Maya (Yucatecan; Mayan) and Popti’ (Kanjobalan; Mayan) for different projects. I have also worked with published sources of Guarijío (Taracahitan; Uto-Aztecan) and several Tepiman languages (Uto-Aztecan) for projects on synchronic and diachronic aspects of the prosodic morphology of these languages.

My dissertation (completed in August 2008 at UC Berkeley) provides a detailed description and analysis of the phonology and morphology of Choguita Rarámuri, a previously undocumented Uto-Aztecan language (PDF (447 pages))

Choguita Rarámuri language documentation  
I am currently engaged in a documentation project funded by the National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages program (2012-ongoing); previously, this project was funded by the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (hosted at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London) (2006-2010). In collaboration with community members, the project will produce a reference grammar of Choguita Rarámuri, and a corpus of annotated texts, audio and video. These documents are being archived at ELAR and are also deposited in the community, responding to the interests of native speakers to have an archive of audio and video recordings that will serve as a community heritage for future generations (details about the Choguita Rarámuri materials deposited at ELAR can be found here). This project builds on work started through the projects Choguita Raramuri (Tarahumara) documentation and description and A reference grammar of Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara).

Last update: June 30th, 2016

Associate Professor
UCSD Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics - 0108
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0108

Phone: (858) 534-4892
Fax: (858) 534-4789
E-mail: gcaballero at ucsd dot edu

Research interests

Languages of the Americas (particularly Uto-Aztecan languages), phonology, morphology, language description and documentation, comparative/historical linguistics, typology.

Summer 2016:

Meeting by appointment


UCSD Linguistics Field Research Lab

Linguistic Fieldwork Working Group

The Phon Company: San Diego Phonetics and Phonology Research Community

Linguistic Anthropology Lab

Upcoming/recent talks and presentations:

  1. *Caballero, G. 2015. Lenition and prosodic structure in Choguita Rarámuri. Texts in Transition: Languages and Linguistics in the Native West, UCSC, November 20-21. (invited)

  1. *Caballero, G. 2015. Debilitamiento consonántico y estructura prosódica en el rarámuri de Choguita. Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America VII/Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica VII, UT Austin, October 29-31. (invited)

  1. *Caballero, G. 2015. Motivating multiple exponence. Workshop - Replicative processes in grammar: harmony, copying, doubling, and repetition, Universität Leipzig, October 1-2. (invited) Caballero-Leipzig.pdf

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