Rocío Jiménez Briones graduated in English Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) in 1993. In June 1993 she obtained an exchange scholarship to start her M.A. in Linguistic Studies at Syracuse University (USA). During the academic year 1994-1995, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics at Syracuse University, where she taught two three credit courses in English Linguistics to finish her M.A. In 2004 Rocío Jiménez Briones was awarded the PhD. from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain). Her PhD. dissertation, entitled La interficie semántica-sintaxis en una gramática léxico-funcional: el Modelo de Gramáticas Léxicas y su aplicación a los verbos de sentimiento de la lengua inglesa [The semantics-syntax interface in a lexico-functional grammar: The Lexical Grammar Model and its application to the English verbs of feeling], earned the UNED Distinguished PhD. Dissertation Award in 2005. In this work she provides a thorough description of the previous instantiation of the Lexical Constructional Model, as well as a detailed analysis of the lexico-semantic and syntactic properties of the English verbs of feeling.
She is particularly interested in the relationship between syntax and semantics in both functional and constructional approaches to language. She has carried out research in the representation of lexical knowledge in English and Spanish, too. Due to her teaching activity, she is also involved in the study of the acquisition of word order in English and Spanish as second languages and in the teaching and learning of English vocabulary.
Her publications have appeared in specialized books and journals published by Ediciones Clásicas, Editorial Tris Tram, Peter Lang and Mouton de Gruyter.
She has also presented papers at international and national conferences including The 2007 International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, The 4th International Conference on Construction Grammar, The 4th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference, The 2004 International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, The VI International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics, AELCO and The XXXVI Simposio de la Sociedad Española de Lingüística.
Since 1996 Rocío Jiménez Briones has been a full-time lecturer in English in the degrees of English Studies and Translation and Interpretation at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). Since 2005 she has also been the Subject Coordinator of “Foreign Languages C: English” in the degree of Translation and Interpretation. From 2000 to 2004 she was the Assistant Director of the Language Laboratory at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (UAM).
She has also teaching experience in universities in the USA. In the summer of 2006 she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University and from 1994 to 1995 she was a Teaching Assistant at Syracuse University, in charge of the Recitation Sections for the undergraduate courses “Nature and Study of Language” and “Languages of the World”.
Since 2000 Rocío Jiménez Briones has also been a member of the following teaching projects funded by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: “INTeLENG (Innovación Tecnológica para la Enseñanza/Aprendizaje de la Lengua Inglesa)” (2003), “Laboratorio Hipermedia de Lenguas” (2002) and “The Englishes: Los discursos del inglés a través de sus culturas” (2001). In 2006 she was a team researcher in the project “The acquisition of word order in English and Spanish as second languages (L2): syntactic and pragmatic factors”, funded by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Regional Government of Madrid. At present, she is a member of the research project “The lexicon-syntax and discourse-syntax interfaces: Syntactic and pragmatic factors in the acquisition of L2 English and L2 Spanish”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education (grant no. HUM2005-01728/FILO).
Since 1996 Rocío Jiménez Briones has designed or co-designed and taught the following undergraduate courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: “English Language I” (core), with a special emphasis on vocabulary, “English Language II” (core), “Grammar in Use” (elective), “English Grammar” (core), “English Syntactic Structures” (core) and “Foreign Language C I: English” (core).
Next academic year, she will take part in the PhD program of the English Department at UAM with a course on the syntax-semantics interface in functional linguistics.