Profile for Antonio Martin Gomez

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Specialty area(s)

Spanish Morphology, Spanish Syntax

Second and Heritage Language Acquisition, L3/Ln Acquisition, Second Dialect Acquisition

Brief biography

I became interested in foreign language learning when I first went on study abroad to Dublin (Ireland) while in high school. Since then, I have oriented my undergraduate studies towards the language, literature and culture of English (Philology), and later to Spanish during my graduate studies. My research concentrates on the acquisition of Spanish word order and morphology among traditional classroom learners and second-generation Hispanic immigrants (heritage speakers) whose dominant language is English. I have taught language courses of Spanish, courses of Spanish Linguistics and Introductory Linguistics at the University of Kentucky and at Purdue University. I am also interested in topics about Latinx identity, as well as the role of language sciences in promoting values of inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect in a global society. 

Current courses at UWL

SPA 323 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPA 324 - Spanish for Professional Communication


MA in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2013

BEd in English Elementary Education, Universidad de Valladolid, 2011

MAT in English Secondary Education, Universidad de Valladolid, 2010

BA in English Philology, Universidad de Valladolid, 2009

Professional history

2013-19 Instructor of Spanish, Purdue University

2011-13 Instructor of Spanish, University of Kentucky

Research and publishing

Peer-reviewed articles

2019. Competing Approaches to “Clitic Climbing” Variation in US Spanish. (in preparation)

2019. Age and Input Effects in the Acquisition of Clitic Climbing Constructions in Heritage and L2 Spanish. The International Journal of Bilingualism. (accepted)


Book reviews

2019. Review of the textbook Spanish for the Professions, by Marta Bris Tarré and Lori Celaya. Cuadernos de ALDEEU, 33(1), 297-299. ISSN 0740-0632

2019. Review of the book Desarrollo de la Competencia Sociolingüística por Aprendices de Español en un Context de Inmersión en el Extranjero, by Francisco Salgado-Robles. Sociolinguistic Studies, 12(3-4), 555-558. DOI: 10.1558/sols.37079

2018. Review of the book Advances in Spanish as a Heritage Language, by Diego Pascual y Cabo.  Hispania, 101(2), 337-338. DOI: 10.1353/hpn.2018.0130


Peer-reviewed presentations

2018. Ultimate Attainment in L2 Spanish: Spanish Clitics and Word Order. Paper presented at the 2018 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. University of Texas at Austin. 

2018. Move-Alpha in Native and Heritage Spanish: Spanish Clitics and Word Order. Poster presented at the 8th biennial conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA-8) at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

2018. Age and input effects in early and late English-Spanish bilingualism. Poster presented at the 28th Colloquium on Generative Grammar 2018. Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona. 

2018. The syntax and lexicon of clitic climbing constructions in L2 Spanish. Poster presented at the 48th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 48). York University, Toronto. 

2018. Variable object clitic placement in heritage and L2 Spanish. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Heritage Languages. University of California, Los Angeles.