Dr. R. Mata

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

M.F.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks

Ph.D. & M.A., University of California San Diego

(360) 650-3927

Miller Hall 218

By appointment

Current Courses

Fall 2020
SPAN 404 & LING 302: Spanish Dialectology
LING 421: Morphosyntax of Romance Languages

Winter 2021
SPAN 301:  Grammar and Composition for Heritage Learners
SPAN 404: Intro to Spanish Linguistics

Spring 2021
SPAN 302: Grammar and Composition for Heritage Learners
LING 310: Linguistic Analysis

Professor Mata's current research focus is Spanish as a heritage language in the United States, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border area. His fieldwork analyzes some of the morpho-syntactic properties of Spanish (such as subjunctive) that may be vulnerable to language contact, as well as discourse-pragmatics elements such as fillers and discourse markers. At Western he teaches general & Spanish linguistics, as well as Spanish as a heritage language.