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Margaret Lubbers Quesada

Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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Professor Emerita of Spanish Linguistics

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Michigan State University

Prof. Quesada has investigated the second language (L2) acquisition of tense, aspect and mood, subject pronouns, and lexical datives in conversational and narrative discourse structure. She is particularly interested in finding common ground among diverse theories of second language acquisition. Currently she is focusing on two areas of research: to what extent narrative structure impacts the L2 acquisition of Spanish subject pronouns; and how verbal semantics, adverbials, and grammatical markers interact to enhance L2 learners’ production and perception of past temporal reference in Spanish. Prof. Quesada teaches graduate seminars in Romance Linguistics Theory and Analysis, Spanish Second Language Acquisition, History of Spanish, and Special Topics in Spanish L2 Acquisition, as well as various undergraduate courses in linguistics and language. Before coming to UGA in the fall of 2005, she was on the faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (México) from 1990-2005.

Selected publications

Books and edited volumes

The History of Spanish A Student's Introduction (2018)

Ranson, D. L. and Quesada, M. L.

Cambridge University Press

The L2 Acquisition of Spanish Subjects Multiple Perspectives (2015)

Quesada, M. L.

Series Studies on Language Acquisition, De Gruyter Mouton

Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (2013)

Howe, L. C., Blackwell, S. E. and Quesada, M. L. (eds.)

Cascadilla Proceedings Project

Dimensiones del aspecto en español  (2005)

Lubbers Quesada, M. and Maldonado, R. (eds.)

Publicaciones del Centro de Lingüística Hispánica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Articles and book chapters (refereed)

Cognitive Status and Subject Reference in Spanish Written Discourse (2023), Abisambra Michelli, I. and Lubbers Quesada, M. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

Learner and native-speaker differences in the acceptability of gustar-type psychological verbs in Spanish (2018)

Kanwit, M. and Quesada, M. L.

International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching

Semantic and pragmatic causal relations in native speaker and L2 learner oral discourse (2016)

Blackwell, S.E. and Quesada, M. L.

Pragmatics and Language Learning, Vol. 14

Subject pronouns in second language Spanish (2013)

Quesada, M. L.

The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, Geeslin, K. (ed.)


The primacy of morphology in the acquisition of tense and aspect in L2 Spanish narrative structure (2013)

Quesada, M. L.

Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Howe, L. C. et al. (eds.)

Cascadilla Proceedings Project

Third-person subject reference in native speakers’ and L2 learners’ narratives (2012)

Blackwell, S. E. and Quesada, M. L.

Proceedings from the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010, Geeslin, K. and Díaz-Campos, M. (eds.)

Cascadilla Proceedings Project

The effect of temporal adverbials in the selection of preterit and imperfect by learners of Spanish L2 (2011)

Baker, J. and Quesada, M. L.

Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Second Language Research Forum, Plonsky, L. and Schierloh, M. (eds.)

Cascadilla Proceedings Project

The L2 acquisition of null and overt Spanish subject pronouns: A pragmatic approach (2009)

Quesada, M. L. and Blackwell, S. E.

Proceedings of the 2007 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Collentine, J., Garcia, M. E.,  Lafford, B. and Marcos-Marin, F. (eds.)

Cascadilla Proceedings Project

La percepción de las propiedades semánticas y la adquisición de la morfología verbal en el español como L2 (2007)

Lubbers Quesada, M.

Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada 44: 11-36 


Research Interests:

Second language acquisition, functional-cognitive theoretical models, corpus analysis



Articles Featuring Margaret Lubbers Quesada

Congratulations to Darío Lizancos Robles on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation entitled “Fluidez oral en ASL: Aplicaciones a los programas de estudio en el…

Congratulations to University of Georgia's newest PhD in Romance Linguistics, Dr. María Morado-Vázquez, who successfully defended her dissertation, "La adquisición del orden sujeto-verbo en la intransitividad y la interfaz sintaxis-discurso: Un estudio…

Please join us in warmly congratulating Ingrid Abisambra Miccheli on the successful defense of her dissertation, "Cognición y selección de sujetos: Análisis comparativo entre narrativas escritas y orales en el discurso de español como L2". The committee lauded…

Events featuring Timothy Gupton, Margaret Lubbers Quesada, Chad Howe
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Enhorabuena and Parabéns to University of Georgia's newest PhD in Romance Linguistics, Dr. María Morado-Vázquez, on the successful defense of her dissertation, "La adquisición del orden sujeto-verbo en la intransitividad y la interfaz sintaxis-discurso: Un estudio sobre la entrada lingüística dirigida al estudiante"

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PhD Student (ABD), Hispanic Linguistics

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