Rosa Vallejos Y.


My research is centered in Amazonia, and integrates functional syntax, documentary fieldwork and Spanish in contact with Amazonian languages. Since 1997, I have been participating in various projects involving indigenous people from the Amazon, one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse areas of the world, and also one of the least understood. For my dissertation I wrote A Grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla under the supervision of Spike Gildea, from the University of Oregon. This grammar describes an endangered language spoken by approximately 1000 people in the Peruvian Amazon. I started to expand my studies to Secoya, another minimally documented language spoken by the Airo-Păi in Peru and Ecuador, and to Peruvian Amazonian Spanish, a regional variety that has yet to be documented.