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College of Liberal Art & Sciences » Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures » Faculty
Eugenia Casielles
Eugenia Casielles, Associate Professor
303 Manoogian
Research Area
Syntax, Pragmatics, Spanish Linguistics
(313) 577-6243


Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, 1997.
         Dissertation title: "Topic, Focus and Bare Nominals in Spanish"

M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, 1994.

M.Ed. University of Liverpool (UK), 1993.
        Thesis: "The use of passive forms in Spanish"

Licenciatura in English Philology, University of Oviedo  (Spain), 1988.



Casielles, E. (2004). The Syntax-Information Structure Interface: Evidence from Spanish and English. New York: Routledge.

Progovac, L., Paesani, K., Casielles, E. and Barton, E. (2006). (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Casielles, E. (1994). "Aspect and Arbitrary Interpretation." University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 17, 49-61.

Casielles, E. (1996). "On the Misbehavior of Bare Nouns in Spanish." In C. Parodi et al. (eds.) Aspects of Romance Linguistics: Selected Papers from the XXIV Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages.  Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 135-148.

Casielles, E. (1997). "¿Es la Interpretación Arbitraria Realmente Arbitraria?" Revista Española de Lingüística 26.2. Madrid: Gredos, 359-377.

Casielles, E. (1998). “Syntactic Structure, Information Structure and Generative Grammar.”  Festschrift in Honor of Noam Chomsky’s 70th Birthday, http://cognet.mit.edu/Books/celebration/essays/casielles.html.

Casielles, E. (1998).  "FOCUS PREPOSING (it is Called)." University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 21, 51-64.

Casielles, E. (1998). “Preverbal Subjects vs. Dislocated Phrases in Spanish.” In J. Gutiérrez Rexach and J. del Valle (eds.) Perspectives on Spanish Linguistics. Proceedings of the First Hispanic Linguistics Colloquium. Volume 3. Columbus, Ohio: OSU, 1-19.

Casielles, E. (1999). “Notes on the Topic-Focus Articulation.” In J. Gutiérrez Rexach and F. Martínez Gil (eds.) Advances in Hispanic Linguistics. Papers from the 2nd Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, Mass.: Cascadilla Press, 346-363.

Casielles, E. (2000). "On the Topicalizing Nature of Multiple Left-dislocations." In L. J. Conathan et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 26 Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 53-64.

Casielles, E. (2000). "El Tratamiento del Orden de Palabras en Algunas Gramáticas de los siglos XIX y XX." Historiographia Linguistica XXVII: 2/3, 415-436.

Casielles, E. (2001). "The Syntax and Semantics of Preverbal Topical Phrases in Spanish." In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach and L. Silva-Villar (eds.) Current Issues in Spanish Syntax and Semantics. Berlin/New York: Mouton DeGruyter, 65-82.

Casielles, E. (2003). “On the Interaction between Syntactic and Information Structures in Spanish.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 80, 1-20.

Casielles, E. (2003). “Left-dislocated Structures in Spanish.” Hispania 86.2, 326-338. 

Casielles, E. (2006).“Big questions, small answers.” In Progovac, L. et al. (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 117-145.

Progovac, L., Paesani, K., Casielles, E. and Barton, E. (2006). “Introduction.” In Progovac, L. et al. (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-9.

Progovac, L., Paesani, K., Casielles, E. and Barton, E. (2006). “Epilogue: Wherefrom and Whereto.” In Progovac, L. et al. (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 323-353.

Casielles, E, Andruski, J., Kim, S., Nathan, G. and Work, R. (2006). “Syntactic and discourse features of subjects in child Spanish: Evidence from Spanish/English bilingual acquisition.” Proceedings of the 30th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA.: Cascadilla Press, 72-83.

Kim, S., Andruski, J., Casielles, E., Nathan, G. and Work, R. (2006). "Acquisition of Prosody in a Spanish-English Bilingual Child." Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Speech Prosody. Dresden, Germany: TUDpress Verlag, 859-862.

Casielles, E. and Progovac, L. (2010). “On Protolinguistic “Fossils”: Subject-Verb vs. Verb-Subject Structures.” In Smith, A.D.M et al. (eds.) The Evolution of Language. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8). New Jersey: World Scientific, 66-73.

Casielles, E. and Progovac, L. (2012). “Protosyntax: A Thetic (Unaccusative) Stage?” Theoria et Historia Scientiarum IX, 29-48.

Casielles, E. (2013) “Radical Code-switching in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90.4, 475-487.
Casielles, E. (2013). “Some remarks on overt subjects of infinitives in Spanish” In A Life in Language. Estudios en Homenaje al Profesor José Luis González Escribano. Oviedo: Ediciones de la Universidad de Oviedo, 49-72.

Andruski, J., Casielles, E. and Nathan, G. (forthcoming). “Is bilingual babbling language specific? Some evidence from a case study of Spanish-English dual acquisition.” To appear in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Casielles, E. (forthcoming). “La vulnerabilidad del sujeto en el habla infantil: ¿un problema categórico?” To appear in Estudios en Homenaje al Profesor José Antonio Martínez. Oviedo: Ediciones de la Universidad de Oviedo.



Teaching  Experience

Instructor of English Language, The English Center, Avilés (Spain), 1987-88

Instructor of English Language, Colegio Estilo, Avilés (Spain), 1990-91

Teaching Associate in Spanish, University of Massachusetts, 1991-1997.

        Courses taught:
        S110 (Elementary Spanish I)
        S120 (Elementary Spanish II)
        S230 (Intermediate Spanish I)
        S240 (Intermediate Spanish II)
        S311 (Advanced Grammar)
        S470 (General View of Hispanic Linguistics)

Associate Professor, Wayne State University, 1997-

       Courses taught:
       SPA 1020 (Elementary Spanish II)
       SPA 2010 (Intermediate Spanish)
       SPA 3100 (Intermediate Grammar)
       SPA 3200 (Spanish Conversation)
       SPA 5200 (Spanish Phonetics and Phonology)
       SPA 5300 (Advanced Grammar and Stylistics)
       SPA 6400 (Structure of Spanish)
       SPA 7510 (History of the Spanish Language)
       SPA/FRE/ITA 7300 (Romance Philology) 

Personal Background

I was born in Gijón, a beautiful city in Asturias (Spain) in the summer of 1965. Although my parents are from Asturias, they were living in Madrid at the time, and I spent my first five years there with my older brother and  my sister. In 1970, we all moved back to Asturias. In particular to Avilés,  a city which, in addition to a well-known  pollution problem, has a much less known beautiful old downtown. In this city, my younger brother was born in 1971 and it is where my parents still live.  Most of my life has taken place in Avilés. There, I went to public school and I studied violin and piano at the school of music, where my father taught for many years. From 1983 to 1988, I studied English Philology at the Univerity of Oviedo. Even though I enjoyed literature,  my fascination for linguistics grew during this time, and I applied for and received an ECC Erasmus  one-year grant to study Linguistics at the University of Liverpool. During 89-90, I was back in Asturias taking all the graduate courses required for the PhD program in English Philology at the University of Oviedo. In 1991, I was selected to participate in a one year exchange program that exists between the University of Oviedo and the University of Massachusetts, and I came to the States to study Linguistics.  I decided to stay and start a Ph.D. at this University. I spent 6 wonderful years at the University of Massachusetts where I got my Ph.D. in May 1997. In August 1997, I joined the faculty of the Romance languages department at Wayne State University, a great place which you can check out right here. If you want to have fun and learn a little bit about linguistics, check also the Linguistics Program Page  at Wayne, and the Linguist List.

 Useful Sites

Newspapers from Spain:
El País, El Mundo, ABC
Live Radio:
Onda Cero , Radio Nacional, Cadena Ser, La Cope, MIT list of Radios on the Net
Spanish TV
Radiotelevisión Española

Instituto Cervantes,Biblioteca Nacional, Real Academia Española
Latino Web, LatinAmerican Network, Recursos Españoles de Internet

Museos Guggenheim, Museo del Prado, Picasso

Language and Linguistics:
Spanish Language Resources, Página del Castellano , La Lengua Española
Diccionario Anaya
Asturian Language, Semanariu electrónicu asturianu
Linguistics Materials on the Web
Linguist List

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