Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera

Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Office Hours: Primavera '21: Atención electrónica, lunes y miércoles, de 9 a 11:30am, con cita previa
  • Campus Location: TCH359F

A native of Oviedo (Asturies, Spain), Francisco Fernández-Rubiera is Associate 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


Recipient of TIP (Teaching Incentive Program), 2018-2019.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10662 SPN1120C Ele Spanish Language & Civ Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
11020 SPN4410 Advanced Spanish Conversation Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp M,W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
Advanced conversation on directed topics from various disciplines: literature, art, psychology, philosophy, music, business, and the sciences.
19587 SPT3805 Spa Trans & Interp Mass Com World Wide Web (W) Available

Translation and interpretation in mass communication using all forms of media, from dubbing to subtitling to news agencies translation.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92760 SPN4800 Syntax of Spanish World Wide Web (W) Available

Generative approach to syntactic theory applied to the Spanish language. Analysis and discussion of word order in the nominal, verbal, and sentential domains.

92160 SPN5845 History of Spanish Lang World Wide Web (W) Available

An overview of linguistic characteristics of Latin and its evolution into Spanish with historical development of phonetic, morphological, and syntactic properties.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61812 SPT3800 Spanish Translation & Interp World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Feb 1, 2021