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Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
B.A. University of Granada 1997
M.A. University of Granada 1999
Ph.D. University of Almería 2004
Professor Checa-Garcia specializes in Hispanic Linguistics, particularly in Grammar and Discourse, Corpus Linguistics, and Conversation Analysis of Very Young Children. Her dissertation focused on measures of later syntactic development and social factors influencing it. During her postdoc she researched resumptive pronouns in the relative clauses of adult speech and adolescent writing. Currently, she is working on grammaticality judgements of relative clauses with resumptive pronouns and experimental studies of relative clauses with and without resumptive pronouns. She is also working on directives by very young children in a bilingual preschool.
Relative clauses, resumptive pronouns, functional motivations for grammar, toddlers requests and directives, pragmatics and grammar interface, priming effects.
3rd Year Spanish I SPAN 3060, 4th Year SPAN 4080: Spanish Morphosyntax, SPAN 3080: Spanish in the USA, SPAN 4310 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, SPAN 4090/5090 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, SPAN 4320 Advanced Studies in Hispanic Linguistics.