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Deyanira (Sindy) Moya-Chaves
47 Burrowes, Cubicle 5
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0035

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

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  1. MA, Linguistics, the National University of Colombia

Research Interests:

pragmatics, form-meaning pairings, the discourse and syntax interface


Deyanira Moya is a graduate student of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese and an instructor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, where she has served as faculty member since 1998. She received her B. A. and her M. A.  D. from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She has taught at Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, Universidad Distrital FJC and at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Caribe. Her research interests include foreign and second language teaching and learning, teacher education, language variation, pragmatics, the linguistic aspects of bilingualism, language ideologies and language policies.  She has done fieldwork mainly in Colombia (San Andres Island and San Basilio de Palenque).

Her studies are currently funded by a Fulbright-Colciencias fellowship, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and by the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She is the author of textbooks such as Desarrollo de unidades didácticas para la serie Lesson Reviews for Learning Science (2012) and Serie Lenguajes y saberes (2007 and 2006)She has also published La escuela en San Andrés isla (2010), Dominio de la lengua española entre estudiantes de grado quinto en la isla de Providencia (coauthor) (2005). In 2014 she published La situación lingüística de San Andrés isla and Formación inicial en lectura y escritura en la universidad: de la educación media al desempeño académico en la educación superior. She has also translated the book La ciguatera, un riesgo potencial para la salud humana: preguntas frecuentes (2009) into English. Her most recent publications are “Aproximaciones a lo negro, afrocolombiano y afrodescendiente: entre lo visible y lo invisible” published in: Reflexiones Sobre Lengua, Etnia Y Educación in 2014 and Interculturality and language teaching in Colombia: The case of three Teacher Education Programs. She has also worked for the Ministry of Education in Colombia as a coordinator for bilingual programs for elementary and secondary education. She is currently a member in the research group Lenguajes, Pedagogías y Culturas.


  • 2018. Me quedé fue así, a focalizing construction in Spanish: Evidence from conversation. Presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), October 25-27, UT-Austin


Dissertation (in progress): Focus, contrast and conversation: A variationist study of Romance “be-cleft” constructions