Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics

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  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337
  • Address: Room 5.31 Old Library Building
    Office hours (Semester 1, 2014–2015):
    Tuesday 14.00 to 15.00
    Friday 10.00 to 12.00


I specialize in Spanish and Romance syntax, particularly issues relating to the major questions of the day. Currently I am looking at projection and its relation to ECP island effects and, prior to that, I investigated parameter interaction in the transition from OV to VO word order in Ibero-Romance and English.

I am also interested in standardization and the way it impacts both language users and professional analysts of language.

My theoretical approach reflects an uneasy tension between strict Chomskyan Minimalism and Milroy-style sociolinguistic scepticism.

Prospective research students are very welcome to contact me to discuss possible projects in any area relating to Spanish syntax. Topics in French syntax will also be considered.

Link to The linguistics of Spanish

Undergraduate Teaching

SML1018 Texts & contexts: an introduction to literature

SML1019 Introduction to Linguistics

SPA2019 World Spanish

SPA2061 Level C Spanish General Language

SPA4061 Level D Spanish General Language

Postgraduate Teaching

SPA8016 Syntax and History of Spanish