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SPO welcomes Catalina Méndez Vallejo, new Associate Director of the Spanish Language Program

D. Catalina Méndez Vallejo received a dual Ph.D. in Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics from Indiana University in 2009. While she specializes in syntax, she has also conducted research on the effects of prosody in requests and Spanish word order, sociolinguistic variation in Spanish future tenses, and socio-pragmatic change in discourse markers and forms of address.  She is currently working on the semantic and pragmatic features of the Focalizing Ser structure in Spanish.  She will join Director Alberto Bruzos Moro and Associate Director Sylvia Zetterstrand in the leadership of the Spanish Language Program.