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Marcela Depiante, Ph.D.

Marcela Depiante
  • Associate Professor
  • Languages
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Teaching Interests

COURSES TAUGHT 2008-2019: (ON SABBATICAL 2019-2020)
Spanish Linguistics Courses
: Span 491 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics, Span 360 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics, Span 320 Survey of the Spanish Language: History and Dialects.  Span 492 Seminar in Hispanic Linguistics Research: Spanish/English Bilingualism, Span 360 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics, Span 325 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation.

Spanish Language/Translation Courses: Span 410 Advanced Spanish Grammar, Span 409 The Craft of Translation, Span 301 Advanced Spanish Composition,  Span 202 Intermediate Spanish, Span 101 Beginning Spanish.

Research and Creative Activities

Romance linguistics. Spanish and English syntax and morphology. Comparative syntax. Ellipsis and anaphora phenomena in natural languages. Bilingualism.


Ph.D. in Linguistics. 2000. University of Connecticut, Storrs. Dissertation title: The Syntax of Deep and Surface Anaphora: A study of Null Complement Anaphora and Stripping/Bare Argument Ellipsis. Adviser: Howard Lasnik.
Master of Arts in Linguistics. University of Maryland at College Park. Thesis title: "Incorporation and the Argument/Adjunct Distinction.” Adviser: Juan Uriagereka.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Linguistics. University of Massachusetts at Boston.  Undergraduate Adviser: Esther Torrego

Published Research

Depiante, Marcela (2019) ‘Null Complement Anaphora” in van Craenenbroeck, Jeroen & Tanja Temmerman (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Depiante, Marcela and Ellen Thompson (2013) “Preposition Stranding in Heritage Speakers of Spanish” Coyote Papers 21: Proceedings of the Arizona Linguistics Circle. Edited by H.K. Jung and J. Schertz.  University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona.

Depiante, Marcela and Luis Vicente (2012) ‘El movimiento y la morfología del verbo’. In El movimiento de constituyentes  Edited by  José M. Brucart & Ángel J. Gallego.  Madrid: Visor.

Depiante, Marcela and Jorge Hankamer (2005) “La condición de identidad en la elipsis: El caso del truncamiento.” Sociedad Argentina de Lingüística (SAL) Proceedings, Argentina.

Depiante, Marcela (2004) “Dos casos de elipsis con partícula de polaridad en español.” RASAL Lingüística. Número 1:53-69. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Depiante, Marcela (2001) “On Null Complement Anaphora in Spanish and Italian.” Probus 13:193-221.

Lasnik, Howard with Marcela Depiante and Arthur Stepanov (2000) Syntactic Structures Revisited: Contemporary Lectures on Classical Transformational Theory. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Ausín, Adolfo and Marcela Depiante (2000) "On the syntax of parecer (‘To Seem”) with and without an experiencer” in Campos, Héctor, Elena Herburger, Alfonso Morales-Front, and Thomas J. Walsh (eds.) Hispanic Linguistics at the Turn of the Millennium. Papers from the 3rd Hispanic Linguistics Symposium.  155-170. Cascadilla Press. Somerville, MA.

Depiante, Marcela (1998) “On the Representation of Downstep: The case of Krachi and Chumburung” in Chen, Deborah, Tien-Hsin Hsin and Eric Short (eds.) “Papers in Phonology” University of Connecticut Working Papers in Linguistics Number 9. Pages 129-148. Published by MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.