at the Jardins du Palais Royal in Paris

About me

I am a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Originally from Spain, I did my undergraduate studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where I studied English Philology. My initial goal was to become an English teacher once I graduated. However, during my Senior year I took an introductory class to Generative Syntax and I was smitten. It was a mind-opening experience for someone trained solely in traditional grammar, and I was certain that I wanted to go well beyond that introductory class. That is why, after receiving two M.A. degrees in Spain (in Hispanic Linguistics and Spanish as a Second Language), I decided to cross the pond and move to California to pursue an academic career in Linguistics.

At USC, I have specialized in syntax and its intersection with morphology and semantics. I am currently writing my dissertation on the syntax of argument structure and its relationship with verbal aspect, thematic interpretation and derivational morphology. In the meantime, I have been able to gain experience in my other passion: teaching language. I have taught Spanish as a second language at all levels for the Spanish Department at USC.

On the more informal side, I am a movie buff, and I enjoy classic Hollywood films in particular (in case this silent-era themed website was not enough of a hint), so Los Angeles is a really exciting place for me to live in!  


Research interests


Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, morphosyntax, diachronic syntax, psycholinguistics.


The verb phrase, Aktionsart, argument and thematic structure, participles, adjectives, auxiliary and (pseudo-)copulative verbs, passives.

Curriculum Vitae

The latest version of my CV can be accessed here.


Below you can find an updated selection of my papers. Comments are always very welcome!


“Aspect and argument structure in adjectival passives”, Borealis 6:1 (published version)

“The temporal syntax of ser and estar" (joint work with Mythili Menon), Colloquium on Generative Grammar 27 (handout)

“Location verbs and the instrument-subject alternation”, Proceedings of WCCFL 34 (final version)

“The aspectual composition of adjectival passives”, Proceedings of CLS 50 (final version)


“Deriving aspect-alternating verbs without θ-roles”, Proceedings of NELS 46 (final version)

“Event structures of se. A case study of the Spanish light verb quedar(se)", A workshop on Romance se/si (handout)

“Causative states in first-phase syntax", Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 19 (slides)


“The Spanish quedar passive and its relevance for the typology of adjectival passives", Going Romance 28 (handout)

“Auxiliary selection in the perfect", CGG 24 (poster)


“La selección de auxiliares en los tiempos compuestos: un análisis formal del español antiguo" [Auxiliary Selection in Complex Tenses: A Formal Analysis of Old Spanish] (master's thesis)