Events with Bethany Bateman McDonald

Gilbert Hall basement and Gilbert 118
Me and Juan
Ph.D. Candidate
Spanish Instructor of Record

Contact Information

301 Gilbert Hall
Office Hours:
(Spring 2020) MWF 8:00-9:00
Curriculum Vitae:
Romance Languages

Fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics 

Dissertation committee:

  • Dr. Tim Gupton (advisor)
  • Dr. Chad Howe
  • Dr. Joshua Bousquette

My main research interests are:

  • Theoretical linguistics (more specifically, comparative morphosyntax)
  • Diachronic generative syntax (i.e., Grammaticalization and grammar change through the eyes of the Minimalist Program)
  • First language acquisition
  • Grammaticalization and parameter change in the morphosyntax of medieval Romance
  • The morphosyntax of clitics in Galician
  • Complementizer agreement (C-AGR)




  • Gravely, Brian & Timothy Gupton. Forthcoming. Microvariation and tenselessness. Glossa.
  • Gravely, Brian. Forthcoming. When Endogenous and Exogenous Change Meet. Journal of Historical Syntax.


Current Projects:

  • "What can language acquisition teach us about grammar change?"
  • "Exaptation in Western Romance: giving rise to the Galician IFS"
  • "The grammaticalization of the Brazilian Portuguese Cadê" (with Tim Gupton)
  • "Bridging Western Germanic and Romance: C-AGR in Galician" (with Joshua Bousquette)
  • "Syntactic limitations of determiner clitics"
  • "From clitic to affix: the loss of morphological parameters & grammaticalization in Western Iberian" 
  • "Presentative adverbs in Western Iberian: The creation of base-generated C-elements" 


Research Interests:

My main research interests deal with the (morpho)syntax of superfluous clitics in Galician and Spanish. I also study historical texts and am very interested in the sociolinguistic elements of the diachronic linguistics side of said languages.