My hometown: Moralzarzal, Sierra del Guadarrama (Madrid)

Alberto Pastor
Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics Spanish Area Chair

 

          

                            

Email: apastor (at) smu.edu

Office: Clements Hall 424

Phone/fax: 214-768-1414 / 214-768-4133

Mailing address: 309 Clements Hall.  3200 Dyer St.

                           Dallas, TX 75275-0236

Office hours (Spring 14):

MWF 11:00-11:45am & Tu 10:30am-12:30pm

or by appointment.

 

Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics (2004), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

M.A. Spanish Language and General Linguistics (1996), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.  M.A. Hispanic Philology (1994). Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

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Teaching

Span4357 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics; Span5340 The Structure of Spanish; Span 5343 Spanish as a Second language: Principles of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching; Span3358 Advanced Spanish; Span4358 Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

Research

My area of specialization is Spanish syntax and Linguistic Theory.  In particular, my research focuses on the syntax-semantics interface. I have recently been studying the syntax and interpretive properties of adjectival degree constructions as an effort to increase our understanding of the extended projection of gradable adjectives. I am also interested in the interaction between the notions of degree, definiteness, specificity and judge-dependency. In addition to these projects, I have been researching on the syntax of predicative degree constructions, and studying the formal and interpretive properties of Spanish measure phrases.

 

Research articles

 

      Forthcoming. Los adjetivos. In Gutiérrez Rexach, Javier (ed.), Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica, New

                              York: Routledge Publishing Co. 

 

      Forthcoming.  Measure Phrases in Spanish Nominals. In Smith, John (ed.) Selected  Proceedings of the

            42nd Linguistic Symposium of Romance Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

            (with Luis Eguren)

 

2014. Measure phrases with bare adjectives in Spanish. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 

           32.1 (with Luis Eguren).

 

2011. Sobre las interferencias entre el grado, la (in)definitud y la (in)especificidad. (2011). Revista Española de   

           Lingüística 41.2. 117-145.

 

2011. Relaciones predicativas en el interior de construcciones de grado adjetivas (2011). In Cortázar, A. & Orozco, R.    

           (Eds.), Lenguaje, arte y revoluciones ayer y hoy: New Approaches to Hispanic Linguistic, Literary, and  

           Cultural Studies.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 267-290.

 

      2011. Degree Modifiers, Definiteness, and Specificity. Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics

                 Symposium, Cascadilla Press. 325-336

        

2010. Predicative Degree Constructions in Spanish. Probus  22.1, 27-71.

           

2008. Split Analysis of Gradable Adjectives in Spanish. Probus 20.2, 257-299.

                      

2008. Sobre las construcciones consecutivas con adjetivos. Hispania 91.3,  676-689.

 

2008. La nuclearidad y las construcciones de grado adjetivas. Revista de Lingüística Teórica y Aplicada 46:1,

           29-54.

       2006. Apuntes sobre poco (2006). in López Durán, J.D. Actas del V congreso andaluz de lingüística general. Granada:                  Granada Lingvistica, 657-665

     2005. Poco y la denotación de los adjetivos graduables (2005), Cuadernos de Lingüística XII,  31-46.

 

Work in progress

- Formal and interpretive properties of Spanish bien. (With Grant Armstrong)

- Interferences between Definiteness and Judge-Dependency: Spanish Degree Modifiers.

 

Conference Presentations 

2012. "Measure phrases within the nominal domain in Spanish" (with Luis Eguren). Lingusitic Symposium of Romance

           Languages (LSRL 42). Southern Utah Univesity. Cedar City, UT. April 20-22

 

2011. "Measure phrases with bare adjectives in Spanish" (with Luis Eguren). Going Romance XXV. University of Utrecht.

           Utrecht (The Netherlands). December 8-11, 2011.

 

2010. "Predication relationships inside adjectival degree constructions". XXXVI Incontro di Grammatica Generativa.

           Universita degli Studi di Milano-Biccoca. Milan (Italy).

 

2010. "Predication relationships inside adjectival degree constructions". XXVII Biennal Louisiana Conference on Hispanic

           Languages and Literatures. Baton Rouge, Lousiana.

 

2009. "Degree modifiers, definiteness, and specificity". Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2009. University of Puerto Rico.

           San Juan, PR.

 

2007. “Spanish poco and the split analysis of gradable adjectives”. Georgetown University Round Table of Linguistics 07,

           Georgetown University. Washington DC .

 

2007. “On Spanish de as a partitive degree operator”. 2007 Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference. University of

           Kentucky. Lexington, KY. 

 

2004. “Poco y la denotación de los adjetivos graduables” XXXIV Simposio de la Sociedad

               Española de Lingüística. Madrid (Spain)

 

1998. “Algunas notas sobre la gradación”, XIII Encuentro de la Asociación de Jóvenes Lingüistas. Universidad de

           Salamanca (Spain).

 

1996. “Los adjetivos relacionales como compuestos”. XXVI Simposio de la Sociedad Española de Lingüística. Madrid

           (Spain).

 

1995  “Dos tipos de adjetivos: Adjetivos relacionales y adjetivos calificativos”. VII Encuentro de la Asociación de Jóvenes

          Lingüistas. The University of Vitoria (Spain).

 

1995  “La interfaz sintaxis-morfología en el periodo de 18 a 24 meses”, I International Meeting on the Acquisition of

           National Languages. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). 

 

Academic and Administrative Experience 

Aug 2013-present. Spanish Area Chair. Department of World Languages and Literatures. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

 

Aug 2011-present. Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. Department of World Languages and Literatures. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

 

Aug 2005-2011. Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics. Department of World Languages and Literatures. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

 

Aug 2003-May 2005. Spanish Language Coordinator. CIEE Seville Study Center in affiliation with Universidad de Sevilla

            and Universidad Pablo de Olavide. Seville (Spain).

 

 Aug 2000-June 2003. Supervisor of Intermediate Spanish and Instructor of all levels of Spanish. The George Washington University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington D.C.

   

Jan 2000-June 2000. Visiting Instructor of Spanish. The George Washington University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington D.C.

 

Aug 1999-Dec 1999. Lecturer in Spanish. The George Washington University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington D.C.

 

Aug 1998-Dec 1999. Visiting Scholar in Spanish Linguistics. Georgetown University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Washington D.C.

Academic Honors and Awards

2011 Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award. Southern Methodist University. Dallas, TX

 

Aug08-May09. Research Leave. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

 

Jun-Aug 2006. University Research Grant. University Research Council. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

                        Conducted research on the internal syntax of adjectival projections headed by a gradable adjective.

 

Aug 1998-Dec 1999. Visiting Scholar in Spanish Linguistics. Georgetown University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Washington D.C.

            Conducted research on Semantics and Syntax of gradability.

 

Jan 1997-June 1997. Visiting Researcher in Spanish Linguistics. Georgetown University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Washington D.C.

            Conducted research on the grammar of relational adjectives.

 

1994-96. Doctoral Fellowship, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Department of Spanish Philology. Madrid (Spain).

 Languages

 Spanish (Native)

 English (Spoken, read, written)

 Catalan (Read)

 French (Read)

 Galician (Read)

 Italian (Read)

 Portuguese (Read)