LINGUIST List 28.1317

Fri Mar 17 2017

Featured Linguist: Meet Rosa Vallejos!

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 17-Mar-2017
From: LINGUIST List <>
Subject: Featured Linguist: Meet Rosa Vallejos!
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Dear subscribers,

We are pleased to present you our next featured linguist of the 2017 Fund Drive: Rosa Vallejos! Read her story and more on our blog or on our fund drive web page:


Linguistics arrived in my life in the most unexpected way. It was 1983 when I heard about it for the first time. I was about to start high school, and a new language instructor arrived into Lámud, a little town of about 2000 people in the foothills of the Peruvian Andes. He came from Lima, the capital of the country, full of enthusiasm and all these “new” ideas about language. And one day, he taught as to draw syntactic trees. This is how I first became fascinated by language structure.

For most high school graduates from the interior of Peru, going to college means moving to Lima to compete with thousands of others from around the country to get a spot into a university. At that point, my high school instructor, who by then became my brother-in-law, suggested that I seriously consider linguistics. The prospects of getting into a field that almost nobody had heard of was not very attractive at the time. But given that I had limited choices, in 1988 I applied to the Linguistics program of the National University of San Marcos, still the only public university in Peru that offers a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics.


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