Department of Spanish and Portuguese

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Ortega Hall

Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Richard File-Muriel

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 277-5907
Fax: (505) 277-3885
Office Location: Ortega Hall 447

Research areas:

  • Phonology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Frecuency effects in language and change phenomena

Richard File-Muriel's research focuses on how frequency of use impacts the production and perception of language. He is also interested in research methodology, such as the quantification of lexical frequency and how the composition of a corpus can influence lexical frequency counts. Recent publications include "Lexical frequency as a scalar variable in explaining variation" (2010), co-authored "The gradient nature of s-lenition in Caleño Spanish (2011), and co-edited volume Colombian varieties of Spanish.  He has been awarded a Fullbright for Spring 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia, where he will be teaching at the Universidad Nacional and advising Caro y Cuervo's research group ASLEC (Sociolinguistic Atlas of Colombia).  His current research attempts to model individual physiology in sound variation, which is rutinely ignored in sociolinguistics research and treated as culturally-learned behavior, such a gender.

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