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Hispanic & Romance Linguistics

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Hispanic and Romance linguistics study language in all its aspects using scientific methods.  Research in the department covers the major areas of theoretical and applied linguistics in the Romance Languages including historical linguistics, language variation and change, pragmatics, semantics, and syntax, as well as the study of Catalan, Galician, Quechua, and endangered Indigenous languages of the Americas. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 10:06am

The article "Why we need a gradient approach to word order" recently appeared (ahead of print) in the journal Linguistics. An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Language Sciences. This project…

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 2:13pm

The article "Focus at the syntax–discourse interface in L2 Spanish: Optionality and unaccusativity reconsidered", by Dr. Timothy Gupton (UGA, Romance Languages) and Dr. Silvia Sánchez Calderón (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain) recently…

Monday, January 16, 2023 - 5:06pm

María González-Ferrer, Graham Johnson, and Eliot Westdorp, doctoral students in Romance Linguistics, recently published their paper "The historical evolution of the Spanish discourse marker pues from the 16th century" in the proceedings of the

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 10:15am

Caitlin Samples (PhD student, Hispanic Linguistics) was awarded a grant for her project “The Acquisition of the Uses and Meanings of Possessive Structures in Second and Heritage Languages”.

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 9:37am

Dr. Brian Gravely and Dr. Timothy Gupton recently published an article in the journal Isogloss on null-copula constructions in Galician and Asturian. The article is open access.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 11:35am

Congratulations to University of Georgia's newest PhD in Romance Linguistics, Dr. María Morado-Vázquez, who successfully defended her dissertation, "La adquisición del orden sujeto-verbo en la intransitividad y la interfaz sintaxis-discurso: Un estudio…

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 6:41pm

Please join us in warmly congratulating Ingrid Abisambra Miccheli on the successful defense of her dissertation, "Cognición y selección de sujetos: Análisis comparativo entre narrativas escritas y orales en el discurso de español como L2". The committee lauded…

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 9:25am

Congratulations to Bethany Bateman on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation. Bethany’s dissertation, entitled “Contact-induced subjectivization in the compound past: an examination of PP/PRET variation in Cusco Spanish,” examines past reference…


Spanish pragmatics and semantics, conversation and discourse analysis, applied linguistics

Linguistic Fieldwork: Galician, Portuguese, Spanish, Malayalam, Tenetehára

Crosslinguistic study of the semantics and pragmatics of tense, aspect, modality, evidentiality, quantification, count/mass distinction and number

My primary interest is the representation of language in the monolingual and 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,…

Some Current Projects:

Grammaticalization and language change in Romance Languages Language variation and change in social media Incipient Language Shift in a Southern Latino Community Indigenous Languages in Latin America: Contact, Shift, and Maintenance

Historical linguistics and language variation and change of the Romance languages.

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