Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera

Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Office Hours: Verano A '18: Lunes de 10:00 a 1:00, con cita
  • Campus Location: CNH519

A native of Oviedo (Asturies, Spain), Francisco Fernández-Rubiera is Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Central Florida. After obtaining his PhD from Georgetown University in 2009, and before joining UCF's Department of Modern Languages in Fall 2012, he spent two years teaching in the Department of English Studies at the University of Alicante (Spain).


  • Ph.D. in Spanish Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University (2009)
  • M.S. in Spanish Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University (2005)
  • M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Michigan State University (2003)
  • B.A. in English Studies from University of Alicante (Spain) (2000)

Research Interests

His general areas of specialization are syntax, semantics and pragmatics (how word-order alternations in the sentence architecture affect the interpretive component and in what situations) in Spanish, Asturian, Portuguese and English. More specifically, he is interested in the status of clitics, the factors that interplay in their position at the sentence level, complementizer systems and Main Clause Phenomena.

Recent Research Activities

More recently, he has begun exploring the syntactic and pragmatic factors that may be at play in the trigger for Main Clause Phenomena in both Germanic and Romance languages, and is a co-participant in the project "Traces of History", a 1.1 million dollar project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Details about the project here. Information about the project kickoff at the University of Oslo, March 9th and March 10th 2015, found here


No courses found for Spring 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91313 SPN5845 History of Spanish Lang Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2018.

No courses found for Spring 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90993 SPN6805 Spanish Morphosyntax Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Available

A study of Spanish morphology (internal structure of words) and syntax (internal structure of sentences) from the perspective of generative grammar.

Updated: May 9, 2018

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