Dr Julio Villa-García

Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics and Syntax

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BA-MA Oviedo '05; Dip. Kent '05; MA Essex '07; MA Connecticut '10; PhD Connecticut '12

[On Institutional Research Leave (sabbatical) during the 2018-2019 academic year]

Dr Julio Villa-García [xúli̯o βíʝa ɣaɾθía] was born in Avilés, in the Principality of Asturias, Spain, in the year Spain last hosted the FIFA World Cup. In the course of his PhD at the University of Connecticut, Dr Villa-García was trained as a theoretical syntactician and as a language acquisitionist, working within the framework of Minimalism. His current interests include Romance and English Linguistics, Dialectal Microvariation in Syntax, Bilingualism, and First and Second Language Acquisition, including the application of theoretical linguistics research to the language classroom. After pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in English Studies and Linguistics in Spain, the UK, and the USA, Dr Villa-García became an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Villanova University, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. In September 2015, he was appointed permanent Lecturer in Spanish Linguistics and Syntax in the Division of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester, in the UK, and was confirmed in post in May 2017.

On the research side, Dr Villa-García's focus has so far been mainly Spanish/Romance syntax and monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition. His research is concerned with issues pertaining to the syntax-phonology interface, the architecture of the (Spanish) left periphery, complementiser systems, locality of movement, left-dislocations and questions, negative imperatives and clitic directionality, evidentials, ellipsis, polarity, predicates of truth, as well as subjecthood from any standpoint. The results of his recent acquisitional and syntactic research have appeared in a number of peer-reviewed papers, and the outcomes of his long-term investigation into the syntax of Spanish sentences featuring various que 'that' complementisers are reported in his book The Syntax of Multiple-que Sentences in Spanish: Along the left periphery, published by John Benjamins (Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Vol. 2, 2015). His interest in the architecture of the CP domain/clausal left edge and complementisers in general continues to the present day, with current projects that delve into such issues across Spanish varieties and beyond. 

Dr Villa-García teaches units in linguistics (Minimalist Syntax and First and Second Language Acquisition) as well as in Spanish (Spanish Linguistics) and welcomes BA, MA and PhD students working mainly on the theoretical (Minimalism) and descriptive syntax of English, Spanish and Romance, but also on topics related to the acquisition of syntax.

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