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Richard File-Muriel

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
    Director of Graduate Studies Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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Associate Professor Richard File-Muriel received an appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of New Mexico in 2010. He is the department’s Director for Graduate Studies and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for Latin American Studies students. File-Muriel’s classes help students improve writing skills in Spanish, gain a strong understanding of the phonological processes in the Spanish language, and learn basic concepts of phonetics and phonology, among others skills. His research focuses on how frequency of use impacts the production and perception of language, and includes an emphasis on research methodology, such as the quantification of lexical frequency and how the composition of a corpus can influence lexical frequency counts.


  • PhD in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington (2007)
  • MA in Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington (2001)
  • BA in Spanish, Illinois State University (1999)

Research Areas

  • Colombian Varieties of Spanish
  • Language Change
  • Lexical Frequency
  • Sound Patterns
  • Spanish Phonology

Country Specialization(s)

  • Colombia

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • SPAN 350 Spanish Phonetics
  • SPAN 302 Developing Spanish Writing Skills
  • SPAN 545 Spanish Phonology
  • SPAN 549 Seminar: Adv T: Spanish Phonology