Alberto Pastor

Associate Professor of Spanish

World Languages and Literatures, Spanish


Office: Clements 424
Phone: 214-768-1414

Educational Background

Ph.D., Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Alberto Pastor is an associate professor of Spanish and General Linguistics at Southern Methodist University. His research interests are twofold: Spanish syntax and Spanish sociolinguistics. His studies on Spanish syntax focus on the syntax-semantics interface, specifically degree constructions in the adjectival and nominal domains. Additionally, he explores issues related to Spanish in the United States such as language contact phenomena, language maintenance/loss, language ideologies and attitudes, and linguistic landscape. His publications appear in peer reviewed journals including Natural Language and Linguistic TheoryProbus, and Bilingual Research Journal.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Gauging the Ethnolinguistic Vitality of Spanish of Spanish in Dallas (Texas) through its Linguistic Landscape, in Gubitosi, P. & Ramos-Pellicia, M. (Eds.) Linguistic Landscape in the Spanish-speaking world


Forthcoming. The basic inflectional structure of adjectives: degree and agreement. In Fábregas, A. et al. (eds). The Handbook of Spanish Morphology, Routledge.


Forthcoming. (Non)-pied-piping adjectival wh-comparatives in Spanish, in Howe, Ch. (ed).Selected papers of the 2019 Linguistic Symposium of Romance Languages, Current Issues of Linguistic Theory, John Benjamins.


Forthcoming. Pied-piping in degree wh-clauses in Spanish (with Luis Eguren). In Pascual y Cabo, D. & I. Elola (eds.). Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected papers from the 2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, John Benjamins Publishing.


2019. Internal Linguistic Discrimination: A Survey of Bilingual Teachers’ Language Attitudes Towards Their Heritage Students’ Spanish. Bilingual Research Journal, 42:1, 6-30. (with Diego Román and Deni Basaraba)


2016. Una “buena” manera de hablar de grados: Bien con adjetivos en español. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics, 9:2. 401-427. (with Grant Armstrong).


2016. Los adjetivos. In Gutiérrez Rexach, Javier (ed.), Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica, New York: Routledge Publishing Co., 369-379


2015. Measure Phrases in within the Nominal Domain in Spanish. In Smith, John & Tabea Ihsane (ed.) Selected Papers of the 42nd Linguistic Symposium of Romance Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (with Luis Eguren), 289-301


2014. Measure Phrases with Bare Adjectives in Spanish. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 32:1, 459-497. (with Luis Eguren).


2011. Degree modifiers, Definiteness, and Specificity. In Ortiz, L. (Ed), Selected Papers from the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville: Cascadilla Press. 325-336.


2011. Predicative Degree Constructions in Spanish, Probus 22.1, 27-71.


2011. Sobre las interferencias entre el grado, la (in)definitud y la (in)especificidad. Revista Española de Lingüística 41.2. 117-145.


2011. Relaciones predicativas en el interior de construcciones de grado adjetivas. In Cortázar, A. & Orozco, R. (Eds.), Lenguaje, arte y revoluciones ayer y hoyNew Approaches to Hispanic Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural StudiesNewcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 267-290


2008. Split Analysis of Gradable Adjectives in Spanish, Probus 20.2, 257-299.


2008. Sobre las construcciones consecutivas con adjetivos, Hispania 91.3, 676-689.