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I am a postdoctoral researcher at Sorbonne Université and I am currently a guest at the CRC 1252 Prominence in Language, with a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. 

Brief presentation

After finishing my undergraduate studies in Catalan Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona (2009), I combined teaching at the Ramon Llull University with research-oriented Master’s studies in Catalan Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2010). Finally, I did my PhD in Cognitive Science and Language at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2014) with a thesis dedicated to syntactic variation in Romance languages in general and in Catalan in particular, as well as in Basque. Since 2020 I am a postdoctoral researcher in comparative Romance linguistics at Sorbonne Université in Paris and since mid 2021 until the end of 2022 I am enjoying a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at Universität zu Köln, when I am developping a project on Differential Object Marking in Catalan. Just before all this, I worked at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Catalonia (2018-2019), with a postdoctoral fellowship Juan de la Cierva-incorporación, provided by the Spanish Government, and at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Bayonne (where I was a member of a research team in Basque studies), with a postdoctoral fellowship Beatriu de Pinós provided by the Generalitat of Catalonia (2016-2017). I also spent two months as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, England (2017).

The project "Differential Object Marking in Catalan and language contact"

I am developing this project in collaboration with Prof. Marco García García and Prof. Klaus von Heusinge. The aim is to investigate the phenomenon of Differential Object Marking in Catalan. Unlike other Romance languages, DOM is often considered to be absent in Catalan, except for personal pronouns and a few other cases, at least from the perspective of the prescriptive grammar. However, the truth is that in most varieties of Catalan, DOM appears with human direct objects generally, including proper names, definites and some indefinites, and even occasionally it extends to inanimates. While one might initially assume that this is the direct result of the influence of the neighboring Spanish, such instances might in fact have arisen from the internal evolution of Catalan –crucially, DOM is found in Old Catalan, before the sociolinguistic pressure from Spanish had begun in the 16th century due to political circumstances. After having explored the diachronic dimension of the issue, the main goal of the project is two analyze the current scope and development of the use of DOM in Catalan, also taking into account the dimension of language contact between Catalan and Spanish.