About me

I'm currently a visiting lecturer at the Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Department at Wellesley College for the academic year 2017-2018. My main research interests are in semantics, pragmatics, syntax-semantics interfaces, Romance linguistics, and dialectal and typological variation. 

I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). My dissertation work deals with Scope, Scalarity and Polarity in Aspectual Marking and focuses on the case of English 'until' and Spanish 'hasta' wherein by examining  whether seemingly random questions of variation can be accounted for uniformly in a parametric setting I aim to push forward cross-linguistic semantics. 

Before my Ph.D., I completed my M.A. in linguistics from the same institution, with a major in syntax and semantics and a minor in Romance and applied linguistics. Prior to that, I got my B.A. in English literature and linguistics from the University of the Balearic Islands, in Mallorca, my hometown. 

During my Ph.D. years, I've had the opportunity to be a Ph.D. visiting student at the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy in 2014-2015, and at the Department of Linguistics at the University of São Paulo in 2015-2016. As an undergraduate, I also studied at the Linguistics and English Literature Departments at UT Austin in 2006-2007, and at the English Literature Program and the Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London in 2008-2009.

I have also taught linguistics, languages (Spanish and Portuguese), and Hispanic culture and civilization at various institutions in diverse learning environments: at the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at College of the Holy Cross (as a Foreign Language Assistant in 2009-2010), at the Department of Linguistics and Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin (as both a TA and instructor of record), at the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University (as a visiting scholar in Spring 2014), and currently at the Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Program at Wellesley College. 

Other than linguistics and languages, I'm passionate about playing the piano (and learning how), dance (both classical and contemporary), painting, photography and cinema, cats (I have a cute cat named Taco), food (experimenting with new flavors), traveling and hiking (discovering new places), and, of course, the Mediterranean.