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Richard File-Muriel

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Associate Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007

MA, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007

BA, Illinois State University, 1999


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 theUniversidad 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.

Research Interests

  • Sound patterns (phonetics, phonology, sociophonetics)
  • Usage-based approaches to language change
  • Intercultural and Cognitive Approaches to Language in Study Abroad Context


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

Physical Address

Room 447
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070