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Bruno Estigarribia

Bruno Estigarribia

Director of Graduate Studies
Dey Hall 332

Accepting graduate students 


Ph. D., Linguistics, Stanford University.  Sept 2007

M.A. Linguistics, Stanford University.  June 2005

Maîtrise Sciences du langage (summa cum laude), Université Paris V, Rene Descartes-Sorbonne, June 2001

Licence Sciences du langage (summa cum laude), Université Paris V, Rene Descartes-Sorbonne, June 2000

DEUG Sciences du langage (summa cum laude), Université Paris V, Rene Descartes-Sorbonne, July 1999

About Professor Estigarribia

Bruno Estigarribia is a Hispanic linguist who studies the structure of Paraguayan Guarani and of Spanish (in particular Argentinian Spanish), and in the contact of both these languages. He was born in Argentina to a Paraguayan father (bilingual speaker of Spanish and Guarani) and an Italian mother (bilingual speaker of Spanish and Calabrian). This background sparked in him an early fascination with language. Language is an everyday miracle, both run-of-the-mill and mysterious. It raises questions whose answers seem sometimes obvious, sometimes elusive, but they are always crucial to understanding what it is to be human. His work inscribes itself in a long tradition of research examining what it means to (and how we get to) know one or many languages. How should we describe our unique human language knowledge? How do discourse and usage shape the structure of language? How do we understand the language competence of multilingual/multicultural speakers? In addition, he has a strong commitment to multidisciplinarity. Estigarribia believes in using cross-disciplinary methodological approaches to linguistic problems. He uses literature sources, conversational data, web and social media data, experimental designs, and standardized assessments.

Publications, Articles, & Presentations


Estigarribia, Bruno. 2020. A Reference Grammar of Paraguayan Guarani. Grammars of World and Minority Languages Series. London, UK: UCL (University College London) Press.

Estigarribia, Bruno and Justin Pinta (Eds.). 2017. Guarani Linguistics in the 21st Century. Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (BSILA) Series. Leiden: Brill.

Arnon, Inbal, Marisa Casillas, Chigusa Kurumada, and Bruno Estigarribia (Eds.). Language in interaction: Studies in honor of Eve V. Clark. Trends in Language Acquisition (TiLAR) Series. Amsterdam-Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Refereed Articles and Chapters

Estigarribia, Bruno. Forthcoming 2021. Mecanismos de derivación morfológica en el guaraní paraguayo. In Alejandra Vidal & Ignacio Telesca (Eds.), Estudios sobre historia y lingüística guaraní. Homenaje a Bartolomé Meliá. Asunción: CEADUC. (By editors’ invitation)

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2021. A diachronic account of exceptional nasalization patterns in Guarani causatives. International Journal of American Linguistics 87(2). 203–241.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2021. A speech planning account of Guarani grammatical borrowings in Paraguayan Spanish. Journal of Language Contact 13(3), special issue Usage-based Contact Linguistics: Effects of frequency and similarity in language contact, ed. by Ad Backus and Nikolay Hakimov. 664–697.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2020. A biclausal account of Clitic Left-Dislocations with epithets in Rioplatense Spanish. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 5(1): 33. 1–

Sag, Ivan A., Rui P. Chaves, Anne Abeillé, Bruno Estigarribia, Dan Flickinger, Paul Kay, Laura A. Michaelis, Stefan Müller, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Frank Van Eynde, and Tom Wasow. 2020. Lessons from the English Auxiliary System. Journal of Linguistics 56(1), 87–155. doi:10.1017/S002222671800052X.

Estigarribia, Bruno and Zachary Wilkins. 2018. Analyzing the structure of code-switched written texts: The case of Guaraní-Spanish Jopara in the novel Ramona Quebranto. Linguistic Variation, special issue “Romance (Parsed) Corpora” 18(1), ed. by Christina Tortora, Beatrice Santorini, and Frances Blanchette. 121–144.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2017. The semantics of Spanish Clitic Left Dislocations with epithets. Probus 29(2). 287–322.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2017. Automatic detection of syntactic patterns from texts with application to Spanish Clitic Doubling. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 11 (RLLT11). Selected papers from the 44th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), by David Heap, Silvia Perpiñán, Itziri Moreno-Villamar, and Adriana Soto-Corominas, 169–188. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Estigarribia, Bruno. Guarani morphology in Paraguayan Spanish: insights from code-mixing typology. Hispania, 100(1). 47–64.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2015. Guaraní-Spanish Jopara mixing in Paraguay: Does it reflect a third language, a language variety, or true codeswitching? Journal of Language Contact, 8(2). 183–222.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2014. La estructura informacional en la triplicación de clíticos del español rioplatense. Signo y seña. Revista del Instituto de Lingüística de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires 25, special issue “Interfaz sintaxis-pragmática”. 105-132.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2013. Rioplatense Spanish clitic doubling and "tripling" in lexical-functional grammar. Selected Proceedings of the 2011 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, ed. by Chad Howe, Sarah A. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada, 297-309. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Estigarribia, Bruno. 2013. El modelo de las fuerzas discursivas y el doblado de clíticos rioplatense. Signo y Seña. Revista del Instituto de Lingüística de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires119–142.

Awards & Honors

Schwab Academic Excellence Award 2019. UNC Institute for the Arts and the Humanities.

NEH Fellowship, Language and Indigeneity in a Global World: Guarani Spaces and Linguistic Decolonization in Paraguay, Jan 2018 to Dec 2018.

Center for Global Initiatives Conference Presentation Award. 2014

Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award Semi-finalist. 2013.

Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica Sigma Delta Pi, Socio honorario (Honorary Member)

“Multilingualism in the Americas”. UNC-Duke Working Group funded by the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 2013–2015.

Junior Faculty Development Award 2013. For Fieldwork on Guaraní-Spanish contact in Paraguay.

IAH Innovation Fund, “The taming of the WWW: Web-based language research of tomorrow.” 2012–2015.

“Guarani Working Group”. UNC-Duke Working Group funded by the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 2012–2013.

Typical Courses

SPAN 360: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics (Undergraduate)

SPAN 376: Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (Undergraduate)

SPAN 397: Forensic Linguistics (Undergraduate)

SPAN 377: Grammatical Structures of Spanish (Undergraduate)

SPAN 677: Spanish Syntax (Undergraduate & Graduate)

SPAN 680: First and Second Language Acquisition of Spanish (Undergraduate & Graduate)

SPAN 681: Spanish Semantics (Undergraduate & Graduate)

SPAN 683: Guarani Linguistics (Undergraduate & Graduate)