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Derrin Pinto

Department Chair/Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., San Diego State University
M.A., University of California, Riverside
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
At St. Thomas since 2004
(651) 962-5151
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Within the broad area of Spanish Linguistics, my interdisciplinary research includes the fields of pragmatics, discourse analysis, and second language acquisition. My interests are largely motivated by a general fascination with how different linguistic devices are employed to achieve particular effects in various types of spoken and written discourse. In the area of pragmatics, my work focuses on the production and perception of speech acts and politeness phenomena by speakers of Spanish and English. Some recent publications are:

Pinto, D., & de Pablos-Ortega, C. 2014. Carlos. Seamos pragmáticos: Introducción a la pragmática española. Yale University Press.  

Pinto, D. 2013. “Education and etiquette: Behaviour Formation in Fascist Spain”. In R. Wodak & J. Richardson (Eds.), European Fascism in Text and Talk, pp. 122-145. Routledge.      

Pinto, D. 2012. “Pragmatics and Discourse: Doing Things with Words in Spanish as a Heritage Language”. In S. Beaudrie & M. Fairclough (Eds.), Spanish as a Heritage Language in the US: State of the Science, pp. 121-138. Georgetown University Press.

Pinto, D. 2011. “La cortesía y la formación del espíritu nacional en los libros escolares franquistas”. In T. Oteíza & D. Pinto (Eds.), En (re)construcción: Discurso, identidad y nación en los manuales escolares de historia y de ciencias sociales, pp. 173-204. Santiago, Chile: Cuarto Propio.

Fall 2015 Courses

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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
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SPAN 212 - 01 Intermediate Spanish II - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 OEC 319
CRN: 10133 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Derrin R. Pinto Continuation of SPAN 211. Emphasis on Hispanic culture, conversation, writing, and expansion of vocabulary based on thematic discussions and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 211 or its equivalent with a grade of C- or better

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