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Alfredo Garcia-Pardo

Assistant Professor of Language and Culture

Coordinator of Language Programs and Linguistics Minor

Alfredo Garcia-Pardo is  Assistant Professor of Language and Culture and coordinates the language programs. He also teaches courses on linguistics, translation, culture and Spanish as a second language. In his classes, he combines his formal linguistic training with a communicative and dynamic approach to teaching.

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Alfredo recently defended his doctoral dissertation in Linguistics at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the connection between structure and meaning in natural language, with an emphasis on Spanish. He has presented and published work on the temporal meaning of lexical verbs, the morphology of participles and the grammar of auxiliary verbs. He is currently conducting joint work on a peculiar structure in Spanish that syntactically resembles wh-questions but is actually a yes/no question in disguise. The core of Alfredo’s research addresses the broader comparative question of what the languages of the world have in common and how they differ. In so doing, he endeavors to provide formal models of grammar that can account for such differences and similarities.

Alfredo also holds an M.A. in Spanish as a second language from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. There he acquired training in the communicative method to language teaching, which emphasizes meaningful interactions among learners in real-life situations as a natural means to acquire a second language. At USC, he has taught Spanish language extensively at all levels of instruction, as well as linguistics and translation. Alfredo’s courses are grounded on the pedagogical credo that student engagement, both inside and outside the classroom, is paramount for a successful learning experience.

For more information about Alfredo, you can visit his personal website.  


Forthcoming. ‘Light verbs and the syntactic configurations of se,’ Forthcoming volume of papers from the Romance Se-si Workshop. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. ‘El efecto de referencia disjunta en pasivas con ser y estar’ [The disjoint reference effect in], Forthcoming monograph of the Journal of the Spanish Linguistics Society.


Forthcoming. ‘The aspectual structure of the adjective. Spanish ser and estar’ (joint work with Mythili Menon). Selected Proceedings of the 20th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


  1. Aktionsart and event modification in Spanish adjectival passives.’ In Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 12. Selected papers from the 45th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Lan- guages (LSRL), Campinas, Brazil. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 50–61.


  1. ‘Aspect and argument structure in adjectival passives,’ Borealis: An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics, Vol. 6, No 1, pp. 21–52.


  1. ‘Location Verbs and the Instrument-Subject Alternation.’ In Proceedings of the 34 West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL34). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, pp. 232–240.


  1. ‘Los estados causativos en el modelo Ramchandiano’ [Causative states in the Ramchandian model]. In Temps, mode et aspect en espagnol [Tense, Mood and Aspect in Spanish]. Collection linguistique Épilogos, 5. Rouen: Publications Électroniques de l’ERIAC, pp. 89–110.


  1. ‘Deriving aspect-alternating verbs without θ-roles.’ In NELS 46: Proceedings of the Forty- Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Vol. 1. Massachusetts, MA: Graduate Students in Linguistics Association, pp. 287–300.


  1. The Aspectual Composition of Adjectival Passives.’ In Proceedings of the 50 Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS50). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.