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B.A. Oviedo '05
Dip. Kent '05
M.A. Essex '07
M.A. UConn '10
Ph.D. UConn '12

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About Me

I was born in Avilés, in the Principality of Asturias, Spain, in the year Spain last hosted the FIFA World Cup. After pursuing degrees mostly in English Studies and Linguistics in Spain, the UK, and the USA, I became an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Villanova University, in Philadelphia, PA, USA in 2012. In September 2015, I started to work as a Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics at The University of Manchester, in the UK. I was trained as a theoretical syntactician and as a language acquisitionist during my Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, but my interests extend to Romance and English Linguistics, Dialectal Microvariation, Translation and Interpretation, Bilingualism, and Second Language Acquisition (including Heritage Speakers), among others.

On the research side, my focus so far has been mainly Spanish/Romance syntax and language acquisition. I am interested in the architecture of the (Spanish) left periphery, complementizer systems, locality of movement, left-dislocations and questions, negative imperatives and clitic directionality, evidentials, and subjecthood from any standpoint. The results of my recent acquisitional and syntactic research have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed papers, and the outcome of my long-term investigation into the syntax of Spanish sentences featuring various que complementizers is reported in my book The Syntax of Multiple-que Sentences in Spanish: Along the left periphery, published by John Benjamins (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Vol. 2, 2015). I’m particularly impressed with how “linguistically exotic” Spanish is and, more generally, I’m interested in whatever natural languages can tell us about the Human Language Faculty.

I find teaching at university level extremely exciting and rewarding, and so far I haven’t found one single aspect of linguistics and Spanish that I don’t enjoy teaching.

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Julio Villa-García