Paco Fernández-Rubiera

Credentials: PhD

Dr. Paco Fernández-Rubiera

Brief Description of Research:

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 there position at the sentence level, complementizer systems and Main Clause Phenomena.


Paco Fernández-Rubiera is a native of Oviedo (Asturies, Spain) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, where he joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 2012. Paco obtained his B.A. in English Studies from the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2000, and three years later completed his M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics at Michigan State University. Paco obtained both his M.S. (2005) and his Ph.D. (2009) in Spanish Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University, where he wrote and defended his Dissertation, entitled Clitics at the edge: clitic placement in Western Iberian Romance Languages. In his career, Paco has made numerous contributions to the understanding of clitic systems and Generative Syntax of Asturian and other Romance Languages. He has published in academic journals such as the Revista de Filoloxía Asturiana and also John Benjamins. His most recent contribution to the field of Linguistics has been his work with Traces of History, a 1.1 million dollar project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, in which evidence has been found linking Germanic to Romance in much older versions of the languages that make up these groups.