Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
New Cabell Hall 457
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, and Director of Undergraduate Programs in Spanish. He specializes in the history of Ibero-Romance and the acquisition of advanced literacy in first and second languages. Professor Velázquez-Mendoza is assistant researcher for Madrid's Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, as well as for the bi-national (US-Mexico) project entitled Corpus del Lenguaje Académico en Español (CLAE): http://lenguajeacademico.info. 

His most recent publications center upon linguistic variation in Late Latin and Early Romance and the sociolinguistic milieu pertaining to the writing practices of the Iberian notaries of the High Middle Ages (8th-13th century). He is particularly interested in the impact of Carolingian literacy on Medieval Iberia, namely, the relationship between the Carolingian Reforms and the emergence of phonetically-based Castilian, Leonese, and Portuguese writing in the early Medieval period.

Professor Velázquez-Mendoza's book, forthcoming in the Diachronica Hispanica monograph series at the Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)/Tirant lo Blanch (Spain), explores the historical development of (in)animate direct object marking in Ibero-Romance.

Education

Ph.D., University of California (Davis)

M.A., University of California (Davis)

B.A., California State University (Stanislaus)

Publications

Books

Estudio de morfosintaxis histórica: orígenes primitivos y desarrollo del complemento directo preposicional en iberorromance centronorteño y lusitano. Forthcoming in the Diachronica Hispanica monograph series. Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)/Tirant lo Blanch (Spain).

Articles

“Evidence for an Underlying Ibero-Romance Vernacular: The Nodicia de kesos vis-à-vis Its Corresponding Notarial Act”. Forthcoming in Gerli, M. & Giles, R. (edd.), Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity. New York: Rutledge. 

“A propósito de los patrones VO y OV en los documentos notariales emilianenses del siglo VIII y el Diploma del rey Silo”. Aemilianense IV, 557-590 (2016). 

“Oralidad, latinización textual y convivencia de variantes ortográficas en iberorromance”. Bulletin of Spanish Studies 93(5), 739-765 (2016).

“The Role of Grammatical Metaphor in the Development of Advanced Literacy in Spanish as a First, Second, and Heritage Language”. Functional Linguistics 2(7), 1-13 (2015).

“La disciplina de la lingüística y el carácter coloquial del género pregunta-respuesta según el Corpus del Lenguaje Académico en Español (CLAE)”. In Ignatieva, N. & Colombi, M. C. (edd.), CLAE: El lenguaje académico en México y los Estados Unidos: un análisis sistémico funcional. México, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 221-237 (2014).

“La España altomedieval y su continuo sociolingüístico: ¿sociedad diglósica o monolingüe?”. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90(6), 627-648 (2013).

“Latín y romance en la Iberia del Medievo tardío y el complemento directo preposicional”. Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie  129(1), 115-127 (2013).

Seruire a: orígenes primitivos de la a personal” (with Robert J. Blake). In Montero Cartelle, E. (ed.), Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de Historia de la Lengua Española. Santiago de Compostela: Meubook, 683-694 (2012).

“Temprana marcación acusativa en el hispanorromance” (with Robert J. Blake). Romance Philology 64(2), 285-294 (2010).

“Spanish Personal a and the Antidative” (with Raúl Aranovich). In Leow, R., Campos, H. & Lardiere, D. (edd.), Little Words: Their History, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Acquisition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 109-118 (2009).

Grants & Awards

Summer Research Stipend—College of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia (2017)

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2015).

Research Support in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Virginia (2013).

Excellence in Teaching—Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California (Davis) (2010).