Events with Bethany Bateman

Gilbert Hall basement and Gilbert 118
Me and Juan
Ph.D. Candidate
Spanish Instructor of Record

Contact Information

301 Gilbert Hall
Office Hours:
(Spring 2020) MWF 8:00-9:00
Romance Languages

Fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics 

Dissertation committee:

  • Dr. Tim Gupton (advisor)
  • Dr. Chad Howe
  • Dr. Joshua Bousquette

My main research interests are:

  • Theoretical linguistics (more specifically, comparative morphosyntax)
  • Diachronic generative syntax (i.e., Grammaticalization and grammar change through the eyes of the Minimalist Program)
  • First language acquisition
  • Grammaticalization and parameter change in the morphosyntax of medieval Romance
  • The morphosyntax of clitics in Galician




  • Gravely, Brian & Timothy Gupton. In press. Verbless DP Interrogatives in Galician. Sessarego, S. & J. Colomina-Almiñana (eds.). Language Variation and Evolution: Phonological, Morphological and Sociolinguistic Phenomena across the Spanish-Speaking World. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


  • Gravely, Brian. In review. When Endogenous and Exogenous Change Meet. Journal of Historical Syntax.


  • Gravely, Brian. Forthcoming. Non-cannonical word order and DOM in Galician. Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics.

Current Projects:

  • "What can language acquisition teach us about grammar change?"
  • "Exaptation in Western Romance: giving rise to the Galician IFS"
  • "The grammaticalization of the Brazilian Portuguese Cadê" (with Tim Gupton)
  • "Bridging Western Germanic and Romance: C-AGR in Galician" (with Joshua Bousquette)
  • "Syntactic limitations of determiner clitics"
  • "From clitic to affix: the loss of morphological parameters & grammaticalization in Western Iberian" 
  • "Presentative adverbs in Western Iberian- The creation of base-generated C-elements" 


Research Interests:

My main research interests deal with the (morpho)syntax of superfluous clitics in Galician and Spanish. I also study historical texts and am very interested in the sociolinguistic elements of the diachronic linguistics side of said languages.