Eugenia Casielles

Eugenia Casielles

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

303 Manoogian Hall
906 W. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48202



Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Eugenia Casielles

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Syntax-Information structure Interface
  • Spanish linguistics
  • Bilingualism


  • Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1997.
  • M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1994.
  • M.Ed. University of Liverpool (UK), 1993.
  • Licenciatura in English Philology, University of Oviedo (Spain), 1988

Selected publications


  • Casielles, E. (2004). The Syntax-Information Structure Interface: Evidence from Spanish and English. New York: Routledge
  • Progovac, L., Paesani, K., Casielles, E. and Barton, E. (2006). (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Journal articles

  • Casielles, E. (1994). "Aspect and Arbitrary Interpretation." University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 17, 49-61
  • Casielles, E. (1997). "¿Es la Interpretación Arbitraria Realmente Arbitraria?" Revista Española de Lingüística 26.2. Madrid: Gredos, 359-377
  • Casielles, E. (2000). "El Tratamiento del Orden de Palabras en Algunas Gramáticas de los siglos XIX y XX." Historiographia Linguistica XXVII: 2/3, 415-436
  • Casielles, E. (2003). “On the Interaction between Syntactic and Information Structures in Spanish.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 80, 1-20
  • Casielles, E. (2003). “Left-dislocated Structures in Spanish.” Hispania 86.2, 326-338
  • Casielles, E. and Progovac, L. (2012). “Protosyntax: A Thetic (Unaccusative) Stage?” Theoria et Historia Scientiarum IX, 29-48
  • Casielles, E. (2013) “Radical Code-switching in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 90.4, 475-487
  • Andruski, J., Casielles, E. and Nathan, G. (2014). “Is bilingual babbling language specific? Some evidence from a case study of Spanish-English dual acquisition.” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 17.3, 660-672
  • Casielles, E. (2017). “Spanglish: The Hybrid Voice of Latinos in the United States.” Atlantis, Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies 39.2, 147-168
  • Casielles, E. (2018). "Gender assignment to Spanish-English mixed DPs: Singleton vs. multiword switches." Spanish in Context 15.3, 392-416

Book chapters and proceedings

  • Casielles, E. (1996). "On the Misbehavior of Bare Nouns in Spanish." In C. Parodi et al. (eds.) Aspects of Romance Linguistics: Selected Papers from the XXIV Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 135-148
  • Casielles, E. (1999). “Notes on the Topic-Focus Articulation.” In J. Gutiérrez Rexach and F. Martínez Gil (eds.) Advances in Hispanic Linguistics. Papers from the 2nd Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Somerville, Mass.: Cascadilla Press, 346-363
  • Casielles, E. (2000). "On the Topicalizing Nature of Multiple Left-dislocations." In L. J. Conathan et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 26 Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 53-64
  • Casielles, E. (2001). "The Syntax and Semantics of Preverbal Topical Phrases in Spanish." In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach and L. Silva-Villar (eds.) Current Issues in Spanish Syntax and Semantics. Berlin/New York: Mouton DeGruyter, 65-82
  • Casielles, E. (2006). “Big questions, small answers.” In Progovac, L. et al. (eds.) The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 117-145
  • Casielles, E, Andruski, J., Kim, S., Nathan, G. and Work, R. (2006). “Syntactic and discourse features of subjects in child Spanish: Evidence from Spanish/English bilingual acquisition.” Proceedings of the 30th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA.: Cascadilla Press, 72-83
  • Casielles, E. and Progovac, L. (2010). “On Protolinguistic “Fossils”: Subject-Verb vs. Verb-Subject Structures.” In Smith, A.D.M et al. (eds.) The Evolution of Language. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8). New Jersey: World Scientific, 66-73
  • Casielles, E. (2013). “Some remarks on overt subjects of infinitives in Spanish” In A Life in Language. Estudios en Homenaje al Profesor José Luis González Escribano. Oviedo: Ediciones de la Universidad de Oviedo, 49-72
  • Casielles, E. (2015). “La vulnerabilidad del sujeto en el habla infantil: ¿un problema categórico?” In Estudios en Homenaje al Profesor José Antonio Martínez. Oviedo: Ediciones de la Universidad de Oviedo, 215-230

Courses taught by Eugenia Casielles

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022