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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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María González-Ferrer has been selected as a recipient of a 2024 Sigma Delta Pi (SDP…

Congratulations to Sarah Hubbel, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Predicate constituent order variation in the Andes: A comparative analysis of Andean Spanish and bilingual Cusco Quechua" on March 27, 2024.

Congratulations to Ningxian Li, who successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "V(P) copying in Spanish and Chinese" on January 26, 2024. In his dissertation, Li compares the syntax, semantics, and information structure of verb-…

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The Research Note entitled, "Processing polarity sensitivity in L2 Spanish" recently appeared in the Online First section of the leading academic journal Second Language…

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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…

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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…

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”.…

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.

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…

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…

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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

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