Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Associate Head
Gilbert Hall 213
(706) 542-2460
Office Hours: 
(Spring 2017) Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 and Thursdays 12:30-1:30

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Michigan State University

Dr. Quesada has investigated the second language (L2) acquisition of tense, aspect and mood, subject pronouns, and lexical datives in conversational and narrative discourse structure.  She is particularly interested in finding common ground among diverse theories of second language acquisition.  Currently she is focusing on two areas of research: to what extent narrative structure impacts the L2 acquisition of Spanish subject pronouns; and how verbal semantics, adverbials, and grammatical markers interact to enhance L2 learners’ production and perception of past temporal reference in Spanish.  Dr. Quesada teaches graduate seminars in Romance Linguistics Theory and Analysis, Spanish Second Language Acquisition, History of Spanish, and Special Topics in Spanish L2 Acquisition, as well as various undergraduate courses in linguistics.

Recent publications:

2016. "Semantic and Pragmatic Causal Relations in Native Speaker and L2 Learner Oral Discourse" (co-authored with S.E. Blackwell), Pragmatics and Language Learning, Vol. 14, eds. K. Bardovi-Harlig and J.C. Félix-Brasdefer, Honolulu: HI: University of Hawai'i, NFLRC.

2015. The L2 Acquisition of Spanish Subjects Multiple Perspectives, Series Studies on Language Acquisition, Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2013. "Subject Pronouns in Second Language Spanish." In The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, ed. K. Geeslin, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

2013. Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, eds. C. Howe, S.E. Blackwell and M. Lubbers Quesada., Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2013. "The Primacy of Morphology in the Acquisition of Tense and Aspect in L2 Spanish Narrative Structure."  In Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, eds. C. Howe et al., Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 

2012. "Third-person Subject Reference in Native Speakers’ and L2 Learners’ Narratives: Testing (and Revising) Predictions of the Givenness Hierarchy for Spanish" (co-authored with S. E. Blackwell). In Proceedings from the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010, eds. K. Geeslin and M. Díaz-Campos, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2011. "The Effect of Temporal Adverbials in the Selection of Preterit and Imperfect by Learners of Spanish L2" (co-authored with J. Baker). In Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum, eds. L. Plonsky and M. Schierloh, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.


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