I specialize in Spanish and Romance syntax, particularly issues relating to the ordering of the major constituents. Currently I am interested in historical patterns of syntactic development, including apparent verb second effects in Old Spanish.
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.
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
SPA8016 Syntax and History of Spanish