Raquel Fernández Fuertes

Raquel Fernández Fuertes is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and she is the director of the UVALAL research group (University of Valladolid Language Acquisition Lab). She specializes in linguistic theory, comparative grammar and bilingual acquisition. In her research she makes use of linguistic theory and, in particular, of minimalist premises in order to account for language-contact phenomena and the latent relationship between native and non-native acquisition. This is achieved by means of the analyses of spontaneous and experimental data elicited via different methodologies.

Esther Álvarez de la Fuente

Esther Álvarez de la Fuente is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Her main research interest is the morphosyntactic analysis of the cases of natural interpreting/translation (the translation done by bilinguals in everyday circumstances without academic formation in it) performed by bilingual children together with the analysis of the development of the translation ability in natural interpreters. As a member of the UVALAL research group, she works on the analysis of linguistic phenomena related to languages in contact observed in both spontaneous and experimental data from child and adult bilinguals.

Sonja Mujcinovic

Sonja Mujcinovic is a part-time professor in the Department of English at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Her research is mainly focused on second and third language acquisition, linguistic typology, bilingual morphosyntactic analysis and crosslinguistic influence. As a member of the UVALAL research group, she works both on adult and child spontaneous and experimental data in language contact situations. Her PhD dissertation, defended in 2020, discusses the acquisition of English as an L2 by three groups of children (L1 Danish, L1 Spanish and L1 Bosnian). The focus is placed on crosslinguistic influence and typological similarity in the domain of sentential subjects.

Qianting Yuan

Qianting Yuan received a double BA in English Philology and in Spanish Philology from Sun Yat-sen University (China) in 2011. She then obtained her MA in 2012 and her PhD in 2017 as part of the interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Both her MA and PhD dissertations deal with the acquisition of direct objects by Chinese-English and Spanish-English bilingual children. Her research interests include bilingualism, bilingual acquisition, second language acquisition and comparative grammar of Chinese, English and Spanish.

Silvia Sánchez Calderón

Silvia Sánchez Calderón holds an MA on Applied Linguistics, an MA on Secondary Education and a B.A on English Philology. She obtained her PhD in 2018 as part of the the interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid. Her main research field is based on the acquisition of dative alternation structures by English and Spanish bilingual and monolingual children using data from the CHILDES project (MacWhinney 2000). From November 2019 she works as an assistant professor at the National Distance Education University (UNED).

Eduardo Gómez Garzarán

Eduardo Gómez Garzarán is a full time English and content subjects teacher and the coordinator of the English-Spanish bilingual section at Colegio Ave María in Valladolid (Spain). He is a PhD student in the interuniversity PhD Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid. His doctoral research revolves around cross-linguistic influence and word order within the determiner phrase domain in structures presenting nominal modification by adjectives and by nouns. This is explored in the case of Spanish native children learning English as a second language in formal educational contexts.

Radoslava Stankova Laykova

Radoslava Stankova Laykova graduated in English Studies from the University of Valladolid. She completed the interuniversity MA Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid. Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Valladolid under the supervision of Raquel Fernández Fuertes. Her main research interests include bilingual first language acquisition, language contact and morphosyntax in the case of Bulgarian, Spanish and English. She is also interested in applied linguistics and language teaching.

Tamara Gómez Carrero

Tamara Gómez Carrero completed a B.A. in English Philology at the University of Valladolid (2014). In 2015 she completed the interuniversity MA Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact (University of Valladolid) and in 2017 the MA Program in World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (West Virginia University). She is a PhD student at the University of Valladolid and her research focuses on code-switching. She investigates how grammatical gender in code-switched determiner phrases and adjectival predicates is perceived/produced by sequential and simultaneous English-Spanish bilinguals. 

Diana Carrascal Tris

Diana Carrascal Tris graduated in English Studies from the University of Valladolid. In 2019 she was awarded the Joint Research PhD Fellowship by the Confucius Institute to carry out a 6-month research stay at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). In 2020 she completed the interuniversity MA Program in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact at the University of Valladolid. Her MA dissertation dealt with the analysis of crosslinguistic influence from L1 Chinese into L2 English in the direct object domain. Currently, she works as a part-time professor at the English Department of the University of Valladolid.

Sofía Arranz

Sofía Arranz completed her undergraduate studies in English Philology (B.A. mod) at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 2017. She obtained her certificate as a Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) at the University of Barcelona (2017). She holds a Master’s degree in Education, major in English, from the University of Valladolid (2018). At the present time, she is a lecturer at the Universität des Saarlandes (Germany). Apart from teaching, her interests focus on multilingualism, bilingualism and codeswitching involving three language pairs: Spanish-English, Spanish-German and English-German.

grant holders
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (2019-2022; predoc; Castile and León regional government, Department of education, Spain)
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (Jan 2019-Jun 2019; predoc; University of Valladolid; Spain)
  • Alejandro Martínez (2018-2019; postdoc; Castile and León regional government and FEDER; project [VA009P17])
  • Patricia Carro García (2017-2018; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)
  • Luis Miguel Toquero Pérez (2015-2016; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (2014-2015; master; UVa Consejo social)
  • Radoslava Stankova Laikova (2015-2016; master; UVa Consejo social)
  • Silvia Sánchez Calderón (2014-2018; PhD; Castile and León regional government, Department of education, Spain)
  • Tamara Gómez Carrero (2013-2014; undergraduate; Ministry of education, Spain)