Dr Maria Arche

Maria Arche PhD

Dr Maria Arche

Maria Arche
PhD

Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Second Language Acquisition

Department of Literature, Language and Theatre

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Dr María J. Arche has a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics and Language Acquisition. Her research falls within the syntax-semantics interface focusing on Tense, Aspect, Argument Structure and copular verbs. She has studied these topics in the grammar of Spanish and has also investigated their crosslinguistic variation and acquisition.

Her doctoral dissertation was directed by Timothy Stowell (University of California, Los Angeles) and Violeta Demonte (Ortega y Gasset Institute of Madrid) and was published as Individuals in Time: Tense, aspect and the individual/stage distinction, in the collection Linguistics Today, John Benjamins Publishing (Amsterdam/Philadelphia) in 2006.

Later on she was a Visiting Professor in Linguistics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Southampton in the UK for the Economic and Social Research Council funded project, Linguistic development in L2 Spanish: creation and analysis of a learner corpus (a.k.a. SPLLOC).

With an agenda motivated by her work, this project enjoyed of a second phase where Dr Arche acted as a project advisor. In these projects she has worked with Professors Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton), Florence Myles (University of Essex) and Drs Domínguez (University of Southampton) and Marsden (University of York).

She has been a visiting scholar at the department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in terms of 2010 and 2011 and is a member of an international coalition fostering projects about Grammatical Variation and Acquisition led by Dr Angeliek van Hout, funded by the Netherlands Academy of Science (2014-2017).

Recent works include the edition of two Special Issues: Arche, M.J. (ed.) 2014.Aspect across languages: semantic primitives, morpho-syntactic representation and the limits of cross-linguistic variation. Topic/Comment Special Issue for the journal Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Arche, M.J.,A. Fábregas and R. Marín (eds.) 2014. Aspect and argument structure of adjectives and participles, Special Issue for the journal Lingua (149, B) and the organization of the international conference Copulas Across Languages, University of Greenwich 2015, with a publication under preparation.

  • Programme Leader, English Language and English Language Teaching
  • 2009: Early Career Research Excellence Award, University of Greenwich

Invited talks and Interviews

  • Invited talk Arche, M.J. 2014. On Perfective but incomplete situations. SOAS, 18th November. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zXJtPW6fYs
  • Interview Arche, M.J. 2013. The construction of viewpoint aspect. Faculti Media.                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O92PeHW09vk
  • Invited talk at the Department of Linguistics of the University of California San Diego: Arche, M.J. 2012. The construction of viewpoint aspect: cooling 'aspect clashes' down, 25 April 2012.

Conference and workshop organization

  • Co-organizer of the "Workshop in Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles", celebrated in Lille 3, 13th & 14th June 2016.
  • Main Organizer of the "Copulas Across Languages", celebrated in Greenwich, 18&19 June 2015: http://www.gre.ac.uk/copulas
  • Co-organizer of the "Workshop in Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions", celebrated in Tromso, 12th & 13th June 2014.
  • Main Organizer of the "Workshop in Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles", celebrated in Greenwich 22nd & 23rd June 2012.
  • Solo organizer of the peer-reviewed panel "Aspect across Languages" within the Chronos X conference, taken place in Aston University, Birmingham April 2011.

Referee and consultancy

  • Referee for the UK Economic and Social Research Council
  • Referee for journal Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • Referee for journal Syntax
  • Referee for journal Second Language Research
  • Referee for journal Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism
  • Referee for Journal of Linguistics
  • Referee for The Linguistic Review

 

  • Member of editorial board of the series Studies in Instructed Second Language Acquisition: Bloomsbury Publishing Company
  • Committee member of the international conference Romance Turn (conference on generativist studies on language acquisition).
  • External PhD Examiner, Cristina Sanchez Marco, University Pompeu Fabra. Tracing the development of Spanish Participial constructions. 2012.
  • Committee member for European PhD of Raquel González Rodríguez (2008, Complutensis University of Madrid)
  • Committee member for European PhD of Maria Angeles Cano (2013, Autonomous University of Madrid, University of Tromsø).
  • Syntax and semantics interface
  • Linguistic theory
  • Language acquisition
  • Applied linguistics
  • Tense and aspect
  • Copular verbs

Dr Arche's work focuses on theoretical aspects of tense, aspect, adjectives and copular verbs in both adults' and learners' grammars. She uses theoretical analysis to identify what the precise issue for acquisition can be. Dr Arche has shown an interest in the different correspondences between semantics and morphology across languages, which has been key in her research interest on acquisition.

Dr Arche's current work on aspect and copular clauses has developed into subsequent projects on their acquisition and into PhD supervision in such areas.

Funded research projects

Recent funded research projects

  • 2014-2017

Member of international consortium (of 9 institutions) for the project "Grasping Meaning across learners and languages", funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. 

  • 2014-2015

PI for the project Copulas Across Languages,

    Competitive Investment Round, University of Greenwich

                               With Edward Garrett (SOAS), Rafael Marín (University of Lille) and       

                              Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromsø).

  • 2011-2014

PI for the project The morpho-syntax of adjectives. Towards an electronic dictionary

Competitive Investment Round, University of Greenwich

With Rafael Marín (University of Lille) and Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromsø).

, and () . Second Language Research. SAGE Publications. pp. 1-27. ISSN 0267-6583 ISSN 0267-6583

, and () . Lingua (Special Issue: Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles). Elsevier. pp. 95-117. ISSN 0024-3841 ISSN 0024-3841

() . Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. Springer Netherlands. pp. 791-831. ISSN 0167-806X ISSN 0167-806X

() . Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. Springer Netherlands. pp. 711-733. ISSN 0167-806X ISSN 0167-806X

and () . Lingua. Elsevier B.V.. pp. 243-265. ISSN 0024-3841 ISSN 0024-3841

, , , and () . Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 558-577. ISSN 1366-7289 ISSN 1366-7289

() . Borealis: An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics. Septentrio Academic Publishing. pp. 109-132. ISSN 1893-3211 ISSN 1893-3211

() . International Journal of Applied Linguistics. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.. pp. 99-105. ISSN 0802-6106 ISSN 0802-6106

Browse our research at GALA

, and () . In: Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

and () . In: Romance Linguistics 2012. Selected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Cedar City, Utah, 20-22 April 2012.. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pp. 261-274. ISBN 9789027203878

and () . In: Morphology and its Interfaces. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pp. 291-320. ISBN 9789027255617

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(Ed.) (2014) . Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, Dordrecht, Netherlands. ISSN 0167-806X

, and () . Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781441162045

Browse our research at GALA

and () . In: Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, USA. pp. 21-30. ISBN 9781574734621

, and () . BUCLD Proceedings. In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, USA. pp. 185-196. ISSN 1080-692X ISBN 978-1-57473-065-4 (pbk), 978-1-57473-165-1 (library binding) ISSN 1080-692X

, and () . In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, USA. pp. 183-196. ISBN 9781574731651

Browse our research at GALA