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Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez


since 01.2023   Research Fellow, Collaborative Research Center 1287, Project C06 "Grammatical processing and syntactic change", University of Potsdam, Germany.

2019-ongoing   Doctoral candidate in English Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany.

2020-2023          Research Fellow and Lecturer, Department of English and American Studies, University of Kassel, Germany.

2019-2021          Research Fellow, Collaborative Research Center 833, Project A7 "Focus and Extraction in Complex Constructions and Islands", University of Tübingen, Germany.

2021 (April-July) Visiting Assistant in Research, Department of Linguistics, Yale University, USA. ​

2020 (February)​ International teaching mobility, ERASMUS+, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

2016-2019          Master of Arts in English Linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany.

2015-2016          Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Modern Foreign Languages, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

2010-2014          Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.




Cortés Rodríguez, Álvaro & James Griffiths. Clausemate condition “obviations” in German and Spanish complex antecedent multiple sluicing as evidence for a short source approach. Accepted for publication in Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) 40.

Cortés Rodríguez, Álvaro. Which linguist which structure: An experimental investigation of multiple sluicing in English. Accepted for publication in Konietzko, Andreas & Susanne Winkler (eds.). Information structure and discourse in generative grammar. Mechanisms and processes (Studies in Generative Grammar, vol. 146). Berlin & Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Bai, Xue, Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez, Daiko Takahashi. 2023. An experimental investigation of multiple sluicing in Mandarin Chinese.  Languages 8: 88.

Cortés Rodríguez, Álvaro. 2022. Multiple sluicing and islands: a cross-linguistic experimental investigation of the clausemate condition. The Linguistic Review. 39(3): 425–455.

Cortés Rodríguez, Álvaro, Holden Härtl, Natascha Raue & Kristina Weissbecker. 2022. This text is called (an) article: Referring nouns in name-informing quotation. Linguistic Research 39(2): 327–354. DOI: 10.17250/khisli.39.2.202206.004


Non-linguistic publications

Friedrich, Julian, Anna Bareis, Moritz Bross, Zoé Bürger, Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez, Nina Effenberg, Markus Kleinhansl, Fabienne Kremer, Cornelius Schröder. “How is your thesis going?” – Ph.D. students’ perspectives on mental health and stress in academia. PLoS ONE 18(7): e0288103.


Selected conference presentations

June 2023          Oral presentation, "Undoing gender in a gender-marking language: Gender-inclusive forms in plural role nouns in German", XVI International Symposium of Psycholinguistics (ISP), University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. with Larissa Specht

October 2022   Oral presentation, "The interplay between quotation and referentiality: An empirical investigation into name-mentioning constructions", Linguistic Evidence 2022, Paris, France. with Natascha Raue

August 2022      Oral presentation, "Multiple sluicing in Spanish: An experimental investigation of the clausemate condition obviation with bound embedded pronouns", Experimental and Corpus-based Approaches to Ellipsis (ECBAE) 2022 at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), University of Bucharest, Romania.

May 2022            Oral presentation, "Experimental evidence from German for a short source approach to apparent clausemate condition obviations in multiple sluicing", WCCFL 40. Standford University, USA. with James Griffiths

April 2022           Oral presentation, "Experimental evidence from German for a short source approach to apparent clausemate condition obviations in multiple sluicing", GLOW 50. Queen Mary University, London. with James Griffiths

September 2021 Oral presentation, "Multiple adjacent wh-interrogatives in Spanish", II. Encuentro de Lingüística Formal en México. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, México. (Online)

May 2021            Oral presentation, "‘This text is called an abstract’ – An empirical investigation of referring uses of nouns in name-informing quotation, Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 27, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. (Online) with Holden Härtl and Kristina Weissbecker

October 2020   Poster presentation, "Congruence between the wh-remnants: a factor ameliorating multiple sluicing constructions", Linearising Constituents Across Domains 2020, Bled Institute, Slovenia. (Online)

February 2020 Poster presentation, "Does heaviness improve the acceptability of multiples sluicing constructions in English?", Linguistic Evidence 2020, University of Tübingen, Germany.

March 2018       Oral presentation, "Multiple Sluicing in English", 40th Annual Conference of the DGfS, Workshop on Relating elliptical utterances to information in context, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

February 2018  Poster presentation, "Multiple Sluicing in English: Empirical Investigations and Syntactic Analysis", Linguistic Evidence 2018, University of Tübingen, Germany.