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Derrin Pinto

Department Chair/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
MW 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment
(651) 962-5151
(651) 962-5266

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.

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SPAN 316 - 01 Topics Span Ling: Pragmatics M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 319
CRN: 22384 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Derrin R. Pinto This course provides an in-depth study into a particular area of Spanish Linguistics. Topics may vary with each offering and may include Phonology/Morphology, Syntax, Dialectology, Semantics/Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, and Second Language Acquisition. Credit may be earned more than once under this number for different emphases. Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPAN 301 and 305 or their equivalents with a C- or better in each course (may be taken simultaneously with SPAN 305).

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