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Raul Aranovich


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, UC San Diego, 1996


Raúl Aranovich is a theoretical linguist working on the interfaces between syntax, morphology, and semantics. His research focuses on grammatical mismatches between these levels. Professor Aranovich specializes in the grammars of Spanish and other romance languages, but also Fijian and Shona. He employs empirical methods using natural language processing and corpus linguistics tools, which recently have lead him to work on computer-mediated communication. He earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from UC San Diego in 1996, under the direction of Profs. S.-Y. Kuroda and John Moore. He has been at UC Davis since 2001, and is currently an associate professor. He held faculty positions at the Ohio State University and the University of Texas in San Antonio before joining UC Davis. 

Research Focus

Language Structure and Theory: Syntax and morphology; descriptive, typological, and corpus linguistics; Spanish, Fijian, Shona 

Selected Publications

Aranovich, R. (2015) Realizational morphology beyond the lexicon: Synthetic and periphrastic verbs in Shona, Language Sciences

Aranovich, R. (2015) Language as a complex algebra: Post-structuralism and inflectional morphology in Saussure’s Cours, Seminotica

Aranovich, R. (2015) Fijian Reference Grammar by Albert J. Schütz, Oceanic Linguistics 54(1):323-328

Aranovich, R. (2014) Spanish Casi as a Scalar Operator, Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: General Session and Parasession on HistoricalIssues in Sociolinguistics/Social Issues in Historical Linguistics (1995), pp. 12-23

Aranovich, R. (2013) Transitivity and Polysynthesis in Fijian, Language 89(3):465-500

Aranovich, R. (2013) Mismatched Spanish Unaccusativity Tests, In From Quirky Case to Representing Space: Papers in Honor of Annie Zaenen, Publisher: CSLI Publications, Tracy Holloway King and Valeria de Paiva (Eds.), pp.33-45

Aranovich, R. (2011) A lexical-functional account of Spanish dative usage, In Case, Word Order and Prominence, pp.17-41