Carlos Benavides


Carlos Benavides, PhD

Associate Professor / Chairperson

Global Languages and Cultures

Curriculum Vitae




Liberal Arts 354


1999University of IowaPhD in Linguistics
1993University of Texas at El Paso MA in Linguistics
1986Universidad Nacional Autónoma de HondurasBA in Business Administration





Essentials of aural-oral, reading and writing with intensive drilling on pronunciation, intonation and grammar.

Essentials of aural-oral, reading and writing with intensive drilling on pronunciation, intonation and grammar.

Essentials of aural-oral, reading and writing with intensive drilling on pronunciation, intonation and grammar.

Continuation of SPA 101.

Outstanding works of Spanish literature through the eighteenth century. Readings lectures, and discussions in English.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

Historical overview of the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages focusing on the contextualization of language instruction and integrated language instruction in ways that are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Course topics include the role of contextualized input, output, and interaction in language learning; organizing content and planning for integrated language instruction; using an interactive approach to developing interpretive communication; using a story-based approach to teach grammar; developing oral and written interpersonal and presentational communication; addressing diverse needs of learners, assessing standards-based language performance in context, and using technology to contextualize and integrate language instruction. Students also reflect upon actual teaching scenarios and plan, design, and implement various microteaching situations.
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Research interests

  • Hispanic linguistics
  • Morphology, lexical semantics
  • Voseo in Latin America
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Conceptual Structure

Select publications

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  • Carlos Benavides (2022).
    Morphology Within the Parallel Architecture Framework
    Isogloss: Journal of Romance Linguistics, 8, 1-87.
  • Carlos Benavides (2015).
    Using a Corpus in a 300-level Spanish Grammar Course.
    Foreign Language Annals , 48(2), 218-235.
  • Carlos Benavides (2014).
    Lexicalization and Spanish Derivational Morphology
    Research in Corpus Linguistics, 2, 1-14.
  • Carlos Benavides (2010).
    El componente semántico Trayectoria y los verbos de movimiento en español.”
    Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28(2), 67-82.

Dr. Carlos Benavides is Associate Professor of Spanish language, literature and linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and his M.A. also in Linguistics from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has a Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas (B.A. in Business Management) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.

Dr. Benavides’ research interests include Hispanic linguistics, semantics, morphology, and the importance of Conceptual Structure to linguistic analysis. His most recent research deals with how morphology fits within the overall language architecture. He has taught a wide range of Spanish language, culture, literature, and linguistics courses at the intermediate, advanced, and graduate levels. Dr. Benavides has consistently incorporated service learning projects in many of his courses, and is active in promoting the institutionalization of this teaching methodology at UMassD.

Dr. Benavides is a member of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).