(Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2010)
I am Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics specializing in syntax. In my research, I seek to discover insight on how language is represented within the human mind - in monolinguals and multilinguals alike. My theoretical interest focuses on the syntax of subjects, clitics and left-peripheral elements and their interaction with information structure. I additionally employ a variety of experimental methods based on second language acquisition and psycholinguistic research in order to elicit quantitative psycholinguistic grammar judgment data. My current research interests include the prosody of contrast and CLLD in Galician and Spanish, the L2 acquisition of word order variation in Spanish, and subject expression in partial null-subject languages like Caribbean Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, and Marathi. You can see my Linguistics Program webpage here, and my Academia.edu page here.
News: I was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant for the 2018-2019 year. I will be in the Dominican Republic during the fall 2018 semester doing research on the Cibao variety (cibaeño).
Sad news: Two of my former professors at Iowa, Dr. Alice Davison and Dr. William Davies, passed in 2017. They will be dearly missed. The term paper I wrote in Bill's Advanced Syntax class at Iowa became my dissertation topic, and later, my first book.
I am a faculty advisor for the Delta Gamma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society at UGA.
I am also working on a number of international collaborations as well as an Experimental Research in Linguistics Initiative (ERLI), which focuses on developing, exploring, and adapting psycholinguistic research tools such as surveys and eyetracking. We are currently in the final developmental stages of a collaborative project project with the University of São Paulo on control in Brazilian Portuguese!
Potential graduate students: Are you considering graduate studies in linguistics or Hispanic linguistics? Unsure of what that entails or what you can study related to syntax? Please send me an email so we can explore the possibilities. Past and present students, either under my direction or as part of a committee on which I served, have studied the following topics: partitive clitics and clitic doubling in Spanish, idiom processing in L1 and L2 English, the discourse-pragmatics interface with syntax in Finnish, cliticization in Old Spanish and Galego-Portuguese, the syntax of ello in Dominican Spanish, the L3 acquisition of syntax and phonology in Brazilian Portuguese (L1 English/L2 Spanish), nominalized infinitives in Spanish, the second language acquisition of French prosody, Tunisian Arabic-French code switching, bare nominals in Spanish, clitics in Western Iberian Romance, Spanish-English bilingual attrition, and the syntax of the left periphery in Romance. Feel free to email me with questions! If you haven't read it, I also strongly recommend the book Surviving Linguistics by Monica Macaulay.
Current PhD students under my direction are listed below. Please see my CV for a list of past and present UGA graduate student committees.
Potential CURO students: I typically only do CURO projects/directed readings (HONS 4960H, 4970H) with former students of mine. However, I occasionally make exceptions in the case of highly recommended syntax students. See my CV for past CURO students and project summaries.
Courses taught: (Want to know more? You can find past syllabi for my classes and any UGA course here!)
FYOS 1001 - Galicia: Language, History, and Culture (fall 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, spring 2019 - taught in English)
LACS 1000 - Introduction to Latin America, Central America, and Costa Rica (summer 2015 - taught in English)
SPAN 3010 - Spanish Conversation and Composition (fall 2014, fall 2017)
SPAN 3020 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (fall 2015)
SPAN 3050 - Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (summer 2016, spring 2017, 2018)
LING 3150 - Generative Syntax (spring 2014)
SPAN 4120 - Topics: The Languages of Spain (summer 2013, spring 2015)
SPAN 4651 - Advanced Grammar (spring 2016, fall 2016)
SPAN 4652 - Spanish Dialectology and Variation (spring 2015, summer 2015)
SPAN 4750 - Spanish Syntax (spring 2019)
SPAN 6350 - Romance Linguistics: Theory and Analysis (fall 2016)
SPAN 6750 - Spanish Syntax (fall odd-number years)
ROML 8000 - Generative Second Language Acquisition (spring 2019—to be taught in English)
SPAN 8010 - Topics: Bilingualism and Languages in Contact (spring 2017), Generative Second Language Acquisition of Spanish (spring 2016), Advanced Spanish Syntax (spring 2014)
SPAN 8750 - Advanced Spanish Syntax (spring 2018)
Note: I teach in the Department of Romance Languages and my SPAN linguistics classes are taught in Spanish. Unfortunately, students who do not know Spanish will find it difficult to take courses with me.
Recent and forthcoming publications
1. Gupton, T. 2014. The syntax-information structure interface: clausal word order and the left periphery in Galician. Berlin/Boston: DeGruyter/Mouton.
Peer-reviewed book chapters
1. Gupton, T. 2018. "Syntax and Its Interfaces". In Geeslin, Kim (ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Spanish Linguistics, 392-414. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2. Gupton, T. 2017. “Early minority language acquirers of Spanish exhibit focus-related interface asymmetries: Word order alternation and optionality in Spanish-Catalan, Spanish-Galician, and Spanish-English bilinguals”. In Lauchlan, Fraser and María Carmen Parafita-Couto (eds.). Bilingualism and Minority Languages in Europe, 214-241. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Selected peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings
1. Knouse, Stephanie, T. Gupton, and Laurel Abreu. 2015. “Teaching Hispanic Linguistics: Strategies to Engage Learners”. Hispania 98(2), 319-332.
2. Gupton, T. 2014. “Preverbal Subjects in Galician: Experimental Data in the A vs. A’ Debate”. Probus 26(1), 135-175.
3. Gupton, T. and Sarah Lowman. 2013. “An F Projection in Cibeño Dominican Spanish”. In Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer, Gillian Lord, Ana de Prada Pérez, and Jessi Elana Aaron (eds.). Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 338-348. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
4. Gupton, T. and Tania Leal Méndez. 2013. “Experimental Methodologies: Two Case Studies Investigating the Syntax-Discourse Interface”. Studies in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics 6(1), 139-164. (currently unavailable online since SHLL has moved to DeGruyter - contact me via email for this)
5. Gupton, T. 2012. “Object Clitics in Galician and Complications for Clausal Analyses”. In Geeslin, Kimberly and Manuel Díaz-Campos (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, 272-284. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
1. Gupton, T. 2018. Focus-related Operations at the Right Edge in Spanish: Subjects and Ellipsis by Iván Ortega-Santos (review). Language 94(1), 225-228.
1. "Acceptability Judgments in Romance Languages" (with Tania Leal-Méndez, in review)
2. “Aligning syntax and prosody in Galician”
Articles in preparation
1. “Focus and optionality at the syntax-discourse interface in L1 and L2 Spanish”
2. "A formal approach to ad sensum agreement in Spanish binomial expressions" (with Chad Howe)
Projects in various stages of development
1. “Language typology and subject positions in Cibaeño Dominican Spanish”
2. "An experimental approach to raising and control in Brazilian Portuguese" (with Doug Merchant and Marcello Modesto (USP))
Current PhD students under my direction:
James Fenton Gardner
María Morado Vázquez
Brian Gravely, Jr.
My primary interest is the representation of language in the multilingual mind. In particular, I am interested in how discourse/information structure combines with word order, and what makes some word orders more acceptable than others. Although my primary languages of interest are Western Romance (Galician, Catalan, Spanish, Caribbean Spanish, European and Brazilian Portuguese) and English, I have interests in other languages as well, and have worked with Mandarin, Korean, Finnish, and Marathi. A related issue I am working on (with the technical assistance of Margaret Renwick) is the intonation of contrast/correction (in situ and ex situ), the similarities and differences between syntactically-marked and prosodically-marked contrast, and the implications of such differences for syntactic theory.