Biodata Francisco Gonzálvez

Francisco Gonzálvez-García has been a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics in the Department of English and German Philology, University of Almería, Spain, since 1997. He is a research member of SCIMITAR (Santiago Centred Milieu for Interactional, Typological and Acquisitional Research) as well as Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva (PAI HUM 0269) and is currently involved in the elaboration of a dictionary of constructions from a contrastive (Spanish-English) perspective (HUM 2004-05947-C02-01/FILO; HUM 2005-02870/FILO). Over the last decade he has participated in a number of research projects focusing on discourse analysis from a contrastive perspective (research project PGIDT00PXI2040PR funded by Xunta de Galicia), also taking on board its implications for cognition, typology and L2 acquisition (research project PGIDIT03PXIC20403PN, funded by Xunta de Galicia and the Spanish Ministry of Educaction and Science) and contrastive (English-Spanish) syntax from a constructionist standpoint (BFF2000-1271, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science). He is currently a member of the editorial board of Atlantis and Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics and has occasionally served as a reviewer for Cognitive Linguistics. He has also been a member of the scientific committee of the fifth International Meeting of AELCO/SCOLA (Murcia, October, 2006).

His research interests center on the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as on functionalist, cognitivist and/or constructionist approaches. His early work, deriving from his PhD received at the University of Bologna under the auspices of the Royal Spanish College at Bologne, “The syntax-semantics interface in complex-transitive complementation in contemporary English”, was geared towards an eclectic approach to the syntactic analysis and semantico-pragmatic import of this verb pattern. This synthesising analysis is outlined in “A modality view of predicate selection in small clauses” (1997, Texas Linguistic Forum, 38, 101-119). Over the last few years, he has published a number of articles focusing on argument structure in English and Spanish from a constructionist standpoint. His most recent publications offer a fine-grained comparison of 11 functionalist, cognitivist and/or constructionist models in terms of a list of 36 features (with Christopher Butler, “Mapping functional-cognitive space”, Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 4(2006), 39-96) as well as a Goldbergian analysis of passive verbless configurations in Spanish as constructions in their own right (“Passives without actives: evidence from verbless complement clauses in Spanish”, Constructions SV1-5/2006).

Throughout his career, his teaching has revolved around English Linguistics in general and English grammar in particular at the University of Granada (1993-1997) and at the University of Almería (1997 up to the present). Over these years he has taught courses on English syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology and phonetics, and contrastive linguistics. He has also participated as an invited lecturer in doctoral programmes at the Universities of Jaén and Huelva. Moreover, he has been a visiting scholar at University College London (sponsor: Prof. S. Greenbaum), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (sponsor: Prof. Adele E. Goldberg), University of California at Santa Barbara (sponsor: Prof. Sandra A. Thompson), University of California at Los Angeles (sponsor: Prof. Robert S. Kirsner), and the University of California at San Diego (sponsor: Prof. Ronald W. Langacker). In addition, he has also taught English courses for the team of volunteers participating in the Mediterranean Games held in Almería, 2005.


Selected Publications

  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (1997). “A modality view of predicate selection in small clauses”. Texas Linguistic Forum, 38, 101-119.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (1998). “Complex-transitive complementation revisited: from Quirk et al.´s Grammar of Contemporary English to the International Corpus of English”. In M. Martínez Vázquez (ed.), 1998. Transitivity Revisited. Huelva: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Huelva. 90-130.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (1999). “Interfacing syntax and semantics via (subject-to-object) raising: Some old controversies and new perspectives”. In L. González Romero and B. Rodríguez Arrizabalaga (eds.), (1999). The Syntax-Semantics Interface. Huelva: Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva. 45-83.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2000). “Finding, seeing, thinking and observing in English Utopian Literature: Towards an understanding of the relevance of 'NP+XP' complement constructions in the morphology and grammar of J. Swift's Gulliver's Travels”. Atlantis, 22(2), 69-91.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2001). “A contrastive analysis of Givón’s complement binding hierarchy in English and Spanish”. In A. Gomis Van Heteren, M. Martínez López, C. Portero Muñoz and C. Wallhead (eds.), First International Conference on English Studies: Past, Present and Future. Almería: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Almería, 121-136.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2001). “I found myself led into the path of constructions: A brief overview of how construction-based approaches can furnish new ways of understanding English grammar”. In L. González Romero, M. Martínez Vázquez, B. Rodríguez Arrizabalaga y P. Ron Vaz (eds.), Recent Approaches to English Grammar. Huelva: Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva, 151-182.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2001). “Literatura, gramática e iconicidad: Algunas notas a propósito de las traducciones de los Sonetos de Shakespeare en español e italiano”. In P. Y. Raccah and B. Saiz Noeda (eds.), Lenguas, Literatura y Traducción: Aproximaciones Teóricas. 2001. Madrid: Arrecife, 205-225.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2002). “The role of pragmatic inference in syntax and semantics”. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada (ELIA), 3 (2002), 281-297.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2002). “The isomorphic continuum between grammar and the lexicon: The case of complex-transitive expect in contemporary English”. In A. Veiga, M. González Pereira and M. Souto Gómez (eds.) (2002), Léxico y Gramática. Lugo: Tris Tram. 173-187.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2002-2003). “Matching syntax and semantics in argument structure: Construction Grammar and the Theory of Syntactico-Semantic Patterns”. Pragmalingüística, 10-11, 139-158.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2003). “Reconstructing object complements in English and Spanish”. In M. Martínez Vázquez (ed.), Gramática de Construcciones (Contrastes entre el inglés y el español). Huelva: Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva. 17-58.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2003). “De vuelta a las construcciones: De las cláusulas mínimas a la construcción ‘subjetivo-transitiva’”. In M. D. Muñoz Núñez, A. I. Rodríguez-Piñeiro Alcalá, G. Fernández Smith and V. Benítez Soto (eds.), Actas del IV Congreso Nacional de Lingüística. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and Universidad de Cádiz. Volume III. 1289-1305.
  • Butler, C.S. & Gonzálvez-García, F. (2004). “Situating FDG in functional-cognitive space: an initial study”. In M.Á.
  • Gómez González & L. Mackenzie (eds.), Functional Discourse Grammar and Incremental Discourse Grammar. Peter Lang: Bern. 109-158.
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  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2005). “Clefting in English and Spanish”. In: C. Butler, S. Doval & María de los Ángeles Gómez González (eds.), The Dynamics of Language Use. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 155-196.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. (2006). “The Fortunes of the Competition between the Accusative and Infinitive and the NP + Pred Complement Constructions after Verba Cogitandi in English: A Construction Grammar View”. In J. G. Vázquez González, M. Martínez Vázquez and P. Ron Vaz (eds.), The Historical Linguistics-Cognitive Linguistics Interface. Huelva: Grupo de Gramática Contrastiva. 75-145.
  • Gonzálvez-García, F. & Butler, C. S. (2006). “Mapping functional-cognitive space”, Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 4(2006), 39-96.
    Gonzálvez-García, F. (2006). “Passives without actives: evidence from verbless complement clauses in Spanish”, Constructions SV1-5/2006.

Contact information:

Francisco Gonzálvez García
Department of English and German PhilologyUniversity of Almería
La Cañada de San Urbano, s/n
04120 Almería
Fax: 950-015475
Phone (office): 950-015238