Cristina was born in Bilbao, Spain. She received her B.A. in English Philology from the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and she holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Ibero-Romance Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Her background is in theoretical syntax, and she continues to produce research in this domain, principally centered on the study of the syntax-semantic interface of Spanish and Portuguese, with special emphasis on negation and structure of nominal and verbal constituents. Upon completing her Ph.D. on the topic of negation in Vernacular Brazilian Portuguese, she became fascinated by more "isolated" speech varieties, derived from the contact of African languages with Spanish and Portuguese, such as the cases of São Tomé and the Afro-Hispanic community of Yungas, Bolivia. Her current research aims at understanding microparametric variations and the syntax-semantics interface in Andean Afro-Hispanic varieties. 

Despite of her theoretical background, her research and  course offerings emphasize the study of these languages from a linguistic perspective, while also exploring language in its social, cultural and historical contexts.


Cristina  Martinez

Cristina Martinez
Assistant Professor, Spanish

Phone: (717) 337 - 6859

Box: Campus Box 0411

Address: McKnight Hall
Room 36A
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

BA Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain,
MA University of Texas at Austin,
PhD University of Texas at Austin,