I am an Assistant Professor in Spanish Linguistics at Western Michigan University. I currently teach both Spanish composition and Introduction to Spanish Linguistics to undergraduate students. I love preparing classes for my students, especially in my area, linguistics, and sharing with them my love for discovering the inner structure of language and how wonderful it is to speak a language in order to communicate and to understand how that is possible.
I am also an active researcher. My main area of expertise is theoretical (Generative) and comparative linguistics, and I specialize in syntax, morphology, argument structure and lexical semantics. In particular, I have done extensive research on causative constructions crosslinguistically. I have also explored different aspects of Spanish syntax such as psychological verbs, causative verbs and applicative constructions, syntactic variation, DP ellipsis and information structure. I actively collaborate with other linguists worldwide. I currently form part of a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education, based at the University of Seville, Spain. We are currently studying the interaction between the word order, information structure and argument structure of psychological verbs in Spanish. We plan to explain relevant contrasts between this verb class and the eventive class.
I hold a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Arizona, Department of Linguistics, where I graduated in May 2010. If you'd like to read my dissertation on the different ways in which languages may express causation, it is available in the following link Contrasting causatives: A minimalist approach.
During my PhD years and my time as an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Universidad de Sonora, Letras y Lingüística, México I had the opportunity to do research on the Uto-Aztecan language Hiaki (Yaqui) - an SOV language spoken in Sonora, Mexico, and Arizona, USA. As a result of this research, I have investigated different aspects of the Yaqui language, such as complex predicates, its morphological verb classes, its lexical verb classes, its derivation mechanisms, and its applicative constructions, among other aspects.If you'd like to read a bit more on the syntax of this pretty language, you will find my work in my Academia profile.