members

 

raquelff@lia.uva.es

Raquel Fernández Fuertes

Raquel Fernández Fuertes is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and she is the director of the UVALAL research group (University of Valladolid Language Acquisition Lab). She specializes in linguistic theory, comparative grammar and bilingual acquisition. In her research she makes use of linguistic theory and, in particular, of minimalist premises in order to account for language-contact phenomena and the latent relationship between native and non-native acquisition. This is achieved by means of the analyses of spontaneous and experimental data elicited via different methodologies.

 alvareze@fyl.uva.es Esther Álvarez de la Fuente

Esther Álvarez de la Fuente is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Her main research interest is the morphosyntactic analysis of the cases of Natural Interpreting/Translation (the translation done by bilinguals in everyday circumstances without academic formation in it) performed by bilingual children together with the analysis of the development of the translation ability in natural interpreters. As a member of the UVALAL research group, she works on the analysis of linguistic phenomena related to languages in contact observed in both spontaneous and experimental data from child and adult bilingualism.

sonja@fing.uva.es 

Sonja Mujcinovic

Sonja Mujcinovic holds a degree in English Philology and a second degree in Spanish Philology both from the University of Valladolid. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Advanced English Studies from the joint program of the universities of Valladolid and Salamanca. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on second language acquisition focused on bilingual morphosyntactic analysis and crosslinguistic influence, (supervised by Raquel Fernández Fuertes). She also works as a part-time professor at the University of Valladolid.

postdocs

 Qianting Yuan (2012-2017)

Qianting Yuan received a double BA in English Philology and in Spanish Philology from Sun Yat-sen University (China) in 2011. She then obtained her MA in 2012 and her PhD in 2017 as part of the MA/PhD program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact from the University of Valladolid (Spain). Both her MA and PhD dissertations deal with the acquisition of direct objects by Chinese-English and Spanish-English bilingual children. Her research interests include bilingualism, bilingual acquisition, second language acquisition and comparative grammar of Chinese, English and Spanish.

 Alejandro Martínez (2018-2019)

Alejandro Martínez González is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain). He holds a Master’s degree in Second Language Acquisition in Multicultural Settings from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and a Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language from the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL). Alejandro has a PhD in neurolinguistics from the UPV/EHU and BCBL. His main research interests are the study of language switch costs and math processing in bilinguals. His skills include neuroimaging techniques such as Electro Encephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

PhD students

Silvia Sánchez Calderón (2013-2018)

Silvia Sánchez Calderón is a PhD researcher in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain). She holds an MA on Applied Linguistics, an MA on Secondary Education and a B.A on English Philology. At the moment she is working on her PhD dissertation on the acquisition of complex predicates by English and Spanish bilinguals and monolinguals. Her main research field is based on the acquisition of dative alternation structures by English and Spanish bilingual and monolingual children using data from the CHILDES project (MacWhinney 2000).

 Sonja Mujcinovic (2013-2019)

Sonja Mujcinovic holds a degree in English Philology and a second degree in Spanish Philology both from the University of Valladolid. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Advanced English Studies from the joint program of the universities of Valladolid and Salamanca. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on second language acquisition focused on bilingual morphosyntactic analysis and crosslinguistic influence, (supervised by Raquel Fernández Fuertes). She also works as a part-time professor at the University of Valladolid.

 Eduardo Gómez Garzarán (2015-in progress)

Eduardo Gómez Garzarán is a full time English and content subjects teacher and the coordinator of the English-Spanish bilingual section at Colegio Ave María in Valladolid (Spain). He is a PhD student in the Valladolid-Salamanca interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid. His doctoral research revolves around cross-linguistic influence and word order within the determiner phrase domain in structures presenting nominal modification by adjectives and by nouns. This is explored in the case of Spanish native children learning English as a second language in formal educational contexts.

 

 Diana Carrascal Tris (2016-in progress)

Diana Carrascal Tris is a PhD student of the Valladolid-Salamanca interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact supervised by Raquel Fernández Fuertes. She holds a degree in English Philology and a Master’s Degree in English Teacher Training both at the University of Valladolid (UVa). She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation which deals with the acquisition of two first languages (L1) from birth and with how the properties of the two grammars interact as seen in the language of bilingual children and adults. Specifically, the study characterizes the direct object production of child and adult English heritage speakers whose L1 is Mandarin Chinese. She also works as a part-time professor at the UVa and she has been awarded the prestigious Joint research PhD Fellowship from the Confucius Institute to carry out a 6-month (February-July 2019) research stay at the University of Beijing.

 Radoslava Stankova Laikova (2016-in progress)

Radoslava Stankova Laykova graduated in English Studies from the University of Valladolid. Moreover, she completed an interuniversity MA program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the universities of Valladolid and Salamanca. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Valladolid under the supervision of Raquel Fernández Fuertes. Her main research interests include bilingual first language acquisition, language contact and morphosyntax in the case of Bulgarian, Spanish and English. She is also interested in applied linguistics and language teaching.

 

 

MA students

 Tamara Gómez Carrero (2017-in progress)

Tamara Gómez Carrero completed a B.A. in English Philology (2014) and an M.A. in Advanced English Studies (2015) at the University of Valladolid (UVa). In 2017, she completed an M.A. in World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, at West Virginia University. In 2017, she started the Valladolid-Salamanca interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the UVa. Her research focuses on code-switching. She investigates how grammatical gender in code-switched determiner phrases and adjectival predicates is perceived/produced by sequential and simultaneous English-Spanish bilinguals.

 

 

Sofía Arranz (2017-2018)

Sofía Arranz completed her undergraduate studies in English Philology (B.A. mod) at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 2017. She obtained her certificate as a Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) at the University of Barcelona (2017). She holds a Master’s degree in Education, major in English, from the University of Valladolid (2018). At the present time, she is a lecturer at the Universität des Saarlandes (Germany). Apart from teaching, her interests focus on multilingualism, bilingualism and codeswitching involving three language pairs: Spanish-English, Spanish-German and English-German.

grant holders

  • Patricia Carro García (2017-2018; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)
  • Luis Miguel Toquero Pérez (2015-2016; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (2014-2015; master; UVa Consejo social)
  • Radoslava Stankova Laikova (2015-2016; master; UVa Consejo social)
  • Silvia Sánchez Calderón (2014-2018; PhD; Castile and León regional government, Department of education, Spain)
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (2013-2014; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)
  • Alejandro Martínez (2018-2019; postdoc; Castile and León regional government and FEDER; project [VA009P17])