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FEATURED STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

August 2021

Jesús Olguín Martínez

University of California, Santa Barbara

Title of Publication: Hypothetical manner constructions in world-wide perspective​

Journal: Linguistic Typology at the Crossraods

Biography

Jesús Olguín Martínez is a 5th-year PhD candidate  at the UCSB Linguistics Department. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, he received his MA in Linguistics from the University of Sonora in Mexico, where he is from. His main research interests include: Language universals and typology, intra-genetic and areal typology, language contact and language change, historical linguistics, clause-linkage, morphology, syntax, discourse and their interrelations, language documentation, and indigenous languages of Mexico. Among the topics he has investigated from a cross-linguistic, typological perspective include: 'relative clauses of time', 'counterfactual conditional constructions', 'as if-constructions', 'tail-head linkage constructions', 'avertive lest-constructions', 'temporally subsequent constructions', 'and then-devices', and 'as soon as-constructions'.

His dissertation, titled Temporal adverbial clauses in the languages of the world: Clause-linking devices, explores  the cross-linguistic variation in the expression of temporal adverbial relations, the semantic polyfunctionality of temporal clause-linking strategies, and the areality of temporal clause-linking strategies in a sample of 218 languages. In particular, he concentrates on strategies expressing: (1) when-relations, (2) while-relations, (3) after-relations, (4) before-relations, and (5) until-relations. To explore these domains, he employs different methods. For instance, to analyze the areality of temporal clause-linking strategies, he uses models of social/cultural history, systematically informed by what is known from historical linguistics and anthropological archeology. These models have enabled him to uncover the possible places from which a particular development could have originated. 

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