Linguistics, Florida International
B.A. English/Philosophy, Florida International University, 1999
A.A. English Literature, Miami-Dade College, 1996
Man is born to learn, to plunge boldly into the unknown and emerge with a new understanding of the world that surrounds him, and the right academic environment can substantially increase the effectiveness of this learning process, promoting personal growth in a number of astonishing and unexpected ways. Therefore, the role of education should be to offer learners a source of reliable knowledge and experience from dedicated, well-trained professionals in an environment that cultivates this process of personal growth, in order to effectively assist learners in their development and help
them acquire the tools they need to become effective, productive, and successful in their careers and society.
It is important to remember that the history of our world is the sum of countless individual histories. However, none of our stories have ended yet. We always have the biggest part left for us to write.
Degrees of Velarization in English
This is an ongoing project where I am measuring the degree of
"darkness" (velarization or pharyngealization) of lateral liquids acquired by L1
Spanish-L2 English bilingual students of English as a Second Language at
various stages of the English language acquisition process. This
project continues to research the manner in which velarized laterals are
unconsciously differentiated from both the native, monolingual Spanish [l],
referred to in the literature as a clear [l], and the monolingual Standard
American English [l], referred to in the literature as a "dark,"
or velarized, [l] in the acquisition of English as a second language.
This is a Powerpoint presentation highlighting
some salient points of Quechua grammar, with an emphasis on Quechua
morphology and morphosyntatics.
my personal focus has been on keeping up with my two highly energetic sons,
which takes up most of my so-called "free time.” I have a lot of
fun with them, however, so I am not complaining! Watching them grow is a constant source
of fascination for me, despite the never-ending challenges, and I look
forward to the great memories I know we'll create as a family.
latest recreational pursuit is SCUBA diving. I am currently obtaining my PADI Advanced
Open Water certification and have just one more dive left!I dive because I love the ocean, I love nature,
and I love a challenge.There’s just
something about being underwater for long periods of time that is
at once fascinating, terrifying, endlessly interesting, and fun.Besides, it’s great exercise, physical as
well as mental.
of that, I'm also a musician. I've been a drummer/percussionist since the
age of ten. I've been involved in a few different local music groups,
from art rock to punk and hardcore, and to collaborations with various
Spanish rock groups. I have recorded a few releases over the years,
most as demos and
releases for compilations but a few (such
as Brethren's To Live Again) on independent labels such as OHEV
Records. I am currently on hiatus from the local music scene,
though I have been known to make a cameo performance here and there with friends from time to time, so you never know!I love to play drums, and I don’t ever
intend to stop.
else?I am an avid organic gardener.
I love to cook, and I read incessantly. That about covers it!