Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Associate Head
Gilbert Hall 213
(706) 542-2460
Office Hours: 
(Fall 2017) Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 and by appointment

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 and language. Before coming to UGA in the fall of 2005, she was on the faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (México) from 1990-2005.

Selected publications


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

Edited volume

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

Articles and book chapters

2017. Kanwit, M. and M.L. Quesada. "Learner and native-speaker differences in the acceptability of gustar-type psychological verbs in Spanish", International Review of Applied LInguistics in Language Teaching, DOI 10.1515/iral-2015-102,

2016. Blackwell, S.E. and M.L. Quesada. "Semantic and pragmatic causal relations in native speaker and L2 learner oral discourse", Pragmatics and Language Learning, Vol. 14, eds. K. Bardovi-Harlig and J.C. Félix-Brasdefer, Honolulu: HI: University of Hawai'i, NFLRC.

2013. Quesada, M.L. "Subject pronouns in second language Spanish." In The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, ed. K. Geeslin, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

2013. Quesada, M.L. "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. Blackwell, S.E. and M.L. Quesada.  "Third-person subject reference in native speakers’ and L2 learners’ narratives: Testing (and revising) predictions of the Givenness Hierarchy for Spanish". In Proceedings from the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010, eds. K. Geeslin and M. Díaz-Campos, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2011. Baker, J. and M.L. Quesada. "The effect of temporal adverbials in the selection of preterit and imperfect by learners of Spanish L2". In Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum, eds. L. Plonsky and M. Schierloh, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2009. Quesada, M.L. and S.E. Blackwell. "The L2 acquisition of null and overt Spanish subject pronouns: A pragmatic approach". In Proceedings of the 2007 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. eds. J. Collentine, M. E. Garcia, B. Lafford, and F. Marcos-Marin, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

For a complete list of publications and student-directed research, see Curriculum Vitae link below.

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