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Alice Corr

Ibero-Romance syntax; Romance philology; comparative syntax; Ibero-Romance dialectology
Alice Corr

Drapers' Company Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Spanish & Portuguese (MML), Pembroke College

Ibero-Romance syntax

Romance philology

Comparative syntax

Ibero-Romance dialectology

Research Interests

I specialise in comparative Ibero-Romance linguistics and dialectology, with a focus on the morphosyntactic variation of Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other understudied Romance varieties in the Iberian Peninsula. I am currently undertaking a three-year research project on Ibero-Romance morphosyntactic variation (2016-2019) based at Pembroke College, Cambridge, focusing on uniformity and diversity in the nominal domain across standard and non-standard Ibero-Romance varieties. My PhD (2013-2016) investigates what the Ibero-Romance languages can tell us about the extent to which conversational turn-taking and signposting in dialogue is in some sense ‘hardwired’ into the grammatical core of human language via so-called 'utterance syntax'. A corollary of my research is the documentation of Ibero-Romance dialect structures, contributing to the protection and preservation of the Iberian Peninsula (and beyond)’s linguistic and cultural legacy. I am also interested in the development of empirically-sound, qualitative methodologies for generative research.

Research areas: Comparative Romance syntax, Romance dialectology, comparative Ibero-Romance syntax, Ibero-Romance dialectology, the syntax-pragmatics interface, language documentation.

Theoretical intereststhe architecture of the clause, in particular the hierarchy of the left periphery and the availability of dedicated positions for structural elements; utterance syntax; the syntax-pragmatics interface; the demarcation of the TP/CP boundary; the notion of subjecthood and 'expletives'; complementisers, complementiser systems and the status of left-peripheral elements.


  • Language revitalization
  • Dialectology
  • Latin
  • Information structure
  • Language change
  • Spanish
  • Philology
  • Endangered languages
  • Syntax
  • Catalan
  • Multilingualism
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language typology

Key Publications

Corr, Alice. To appear. The grammaticalization of epistemicity in Ibero-Romance: alike processes; unlike outcomesJournal of Historical Linguistics 7(1/2).

Corr, Alice. To appear. The syntax of Ibero-Romance quotation. In Gabriela Pană Dindelegan, Rodica Zafiu, Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Irina Nicula Paraschiv (eds.), Romance Syntax. Comparative and Diachronic Perspectives. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Corr, Alice. To appear. Matrix complementizers and ‘speech act’ syntax: formalizing insubordination in Catalan and Spanish. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Corr, Alice. To appear. 'Exclamative' and 'quotative' illocutionary complementisers in Catalan, European Portuguese and Spanish: a study in Ibero-Romance syntactic 'near-synonmy'. Languages in Contrast: International Journal for Contrastive Linguistics 18 (1).

Corr, Alice. 2016. Wide-focus subject-verb inversion in Ibero-Romance: a locative account. Glossa: a Journal of General Linguistics 1(1): 11. 1–33. DOI:

Corr, Alice. 2016. El cambio lingüístico y la interfaz sintaxis-pragmática: evidencias de las lenguas ibero-románicas. Cuadernos de Lingüística de El Colegio de México 3 (1), 73-118.

Corr, Alice. 2015. De la sintaxis a la pragmática: el desarrollo del expletivo ibérico desde el español medieval hasta la actualidad. Armonía y contrastes. Estudios de variación dialectal, histórica y sociolingüística del español, Colección Lingüística Hispánica 2, 249-263.

Corr, Alice. 2015. Overt expletives in Ibero-Romance: a diachronic and diatopic perspective. Revue roumaine de linguistique 60 (2-3), 205-222.