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Irene Checa-Garcia|Department of Modern & Classical Languages

 Irene Checa-Garcia

Irene Checa-Garcia

Assistant Professor (Spanish Linguistics)

Contact Information

Hoyt Hall 424
(307) 766-2620


B.A. Spanish, University of Granada, 1997
M.A. Linguistics, University of Granada, 1999
Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics, 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. Currently she is continuing this line of research with Prof. Guiberson in the Communication Disorders Department, researching how past tenses and mood are differential in bilingual children (Spanish-English) diagnosed with SLI (Secific Language Impairment). During her postdoc years she researched resumptive pronouns in the relative clauses of adult speech and adolescent writing. In her next project, she is working on grammaticality judgements and comprehension experimental studies of relative clauses with and without resumptive pronouns. She is also working on directives by very young children in a bilingual preschool. More information on her research can be found in her personal website (refer also to Contact Info above).

Research interests

Relative clauses, resumptive pronouns, functional motivations for grammar, toddlers requests and directives, pragmatics and grammar interface, priming effects.


SPAN 3060: 3rd Year Spanish II
SPAN 4080: 4th Year II – 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

And other courses at other institutions (see her personal website for more information).

Selected Publications

To appear in 2014: “Complejidad gramatical y niveles de dificultad en lecturas de ELE adaptadas y originales”, RLA (Revista de Lingüística Teórica y Aplicada). Peer-reviewed journal.

To appear in 2014: “Asking for things without words: Embodiment of action onset as a toddlers communication tool”, in Christine M. Jacknick, Catherine Box, and Hansun Z. Waring (Eds.) Talk in Institutions: A LANSI Volume, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Peer-reviewed collective volume.

2007: “Desarrollo sintáctico en la ciudad de Almería en adolescentes: índices primarios e índices de error”, in Pablo Cano López (Coord.) Actas del VI Congreso de Lingüística General. Madrid: Arco Libros, 181-190. ISBN 84-7635-670-8.

2005: Medidas del desarrollo sintáctico en adolescentes almerienses (12 a 18 años): hitos descriptivos y aportaciones metodológicas. [Syntactic Development Measures Applied to Adolescents in Almería: Descriptive Milestones and Methodological Contributions]. Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Almería: Almería. ISBN: 84-8240-775-9.

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