Limits of variability in Spanish relative complementation

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Melanie Uth

The project seeks to explore the limits of variability of relative complementation in Spanish by means of cross-linguistic comparisons of production data and acceptability judgements. Building on our previous research, we will concentrate on constructions with bare que and donde, paying particular attention to (a) the Yucatecan linguistic area (Quintana Roo, Mexico), and (b) the comparison of monolingual and bilingual speakers. The central aims will be (i) to compare the usage preferences of Yucatecan Spanish relative complementizers with those of five other varieties of American and European Spanish, and (ii) to narrow down the role of the contact language Yucatec Maya in the Yucatecan Spanish data.


Patrick Auhagen
Campus GolmHaus 16, Raum 1.19
(+49) 331 977-203131
Iñaki Cano
Campus GolmHaus 16, Raum 1.18
(+49) 331 977-203130
Prof. Dr. Melanie Uth
Campus Am Neuen Palais Haus 19, Raum 4.13
(+49) 331 977-4114


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Author(s)TitleYearPublished inLinksType
Auhagen, P., & Uth, M.Variation of Relative Complementizers in Yucatecan Spanish: A Comparison of Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers.2022Languages 2022, 7(4), 279. DOI: 10.3390/languages7040279
Auhagen, P.The syntactic ambiguity of the relative complementizer ‘donde que’ in Huari Spanish.2023Going Romance 37, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 30 November – 1 December.Talk or Presentation
Auhagen, P., Cano, I. & Uth, M.Variability in Spanish relative complementizers and its limits – first results.2023Paper presented at the General Linguistics Colloquium, Institute for Linguistics, Georg August University Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany. 19 December.
Talk or Presentation
Auhagen, P.Locative relativizer usage in mono- and bilingual speakers of Yucatecan Spanish.2024Paper presented at the Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico. 10 - 12 January.Talk or Presentation