Dr Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Fellow and Tutor in Linguistics and Spanish
BA, MPhil, DPhil

I studied Classics in my home town, Valladolid (Spain), and a second BA in Linguistics in Barcelona, where I obtained my DPhil in Linguistics.

I have been a lecturer in Linguistics and Catalan syntax at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a post-doctoral researcher at Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal), and a Junior Research Fellow in Linguistics at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, where I also provided lectures on Ibero-Romance linguistics and tutorials on morphology and syntax. I joined Oriel as a Tutorial Fellow in Linguistics and Spanish in 2017.

The teaching of Spanish at Oriel is generously supported by Santander Universities.

Research interests

A theoretical linguist, I have specialized in the grammatical realization of argument and event structure and the syntax-lexicon and syntax-morphology interfaces. My overarching interest is the architecture of grammar, i.e., how the different grammatical modules interact, from a generative perspective.

In my dissertation, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press, I explored issues in the argument structure of Latin, and compared this language to the Slavic and Germanic languages within the domain of the morphosyntactic expression of transition events. Related research interests include the cross-linguistic typology of the expression of motion events, the syntax of roots, the grammatical representation of inner aspect, the structure of adpositions and prefixes, and the diachrony of argument structure from Latin into Romance and within the history of Catalan.

Selected publications

Acedo-Matellán, Víctor. 2016. The Morphosyntax of Transitions. A Case Study in Latin and Other Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

Acedo-Matellán, Víctor & Jaume Mateu. 2015. Parameters and argument structure I: Motion predicates and resultatives. In Antonio Fábregas, Jaume Mateu & Michael Putnam (eds.), Contemporary Linguistic Parameters, 99-122. London: Bloomsbury.

Acedo-Matellán, Víctor & Cristina Real-Puigdollers. 2015. Aspectual and quantificational properties of locative verbs. Acta Linguistica Hungarica 62(2). 1-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/064.2015.62.2.1

Acedo-Matellán, Víctor & Cristina Real-Puigdollers. 2014. Inserting roots into (functional) nodes: Categories and cross-linguistic variation. Linguistic analysis 39(1-2). 125-168.

Acedo-Matellán, Víctor. 2014. Can we dance without doing a dance? Two opposite views on the integration of roots in the syntactic structure of the vP. In Bachrach, Asaf, Isabelle Roy & Linnaea Stockall (eds.), Structuring the Argument. Multidisciplinary research on verb argument structure, 23-43. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/lfab.10.02ace