Alice Corr


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Comparative morphosyntax, dialectology and history of (Ibero-)Romance languages, especially non-standardized or minoritized varieties.

Theoretical, descriptive, comparative and/or general linguistics, especially (morpho-)syntax; linguistic diversity and variation; understudied/endangered languages; historical and synchronic linguistics; Spanish; Portuguese; Galician; Catalan; Astur-Leonese; Judaeo-Romance; Mirandese; Mozarabic/Andalusi Romance; Navarro-Aragonese; French; Occitan; Italian; Romanian; Latin; the Romance family and its branches (Ibero-Romance, Gallo-Romance, Italo-Romance, Daco-Romance).


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Personal profile


I am Associate Professor in Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham. I was previously a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Spanish & Portuguese at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; Lumley Bye-Fellow in Linguistics at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge; and a College Lecturer at Exeter, Jesus and Trinity Colleges, University of Oxford. I have also taught Hispanic Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. I received my PhD from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, in 2017.

I am principal investigator of a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded documentation project on the grammar of Judeo-Spanish (2019-22); and co-ordinate the Linguistics in Schools Transatlantic Educational Network (LISTEN!) initiative (2018-), a network of educators working in schools and universities across Europe and the USA with an interest in developing Linguistics-oriented curricula and resources for primary/secondary (K-12) schools. I am also project lead for Spanish on the multi-institutional Linguistics in MFL project (2017-), whose goal is to introduce a Linguistics ‘content’ component in Modern Languages at Key Stage 5 (A levels) in UK schools;  and Co-I on the EUniWell-funded project Multilingualism for Social Inclusion in the European Classroom (2020-21), led by the University of Köln.

Research interests

I specialize in the comparative morphosyntax, dialectology and history of Ibero-Romance. Much of my work to date has looked at how we “do things” with language. I am especially interested in combining data-driven approaches with conceptual insight from frameworks outside conventional disciplinary boundaries. My work is concerned both with testing the predictions and orthodoxies of theoretical linguistics as well as with challenging the ideological assumptions that underpin the public, policy and scholarly discourses that affect the social and material conditions of language users.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ibero-Romance and the syntax of the utterance, University of Cambridge


Award Date: 24 Mar 2017

Master of Philosophy, MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge


Bachelor of Arts, Modern & Medieval Languages (Spanish & Portuguese), University of Cambridge



  • PC Romance languages
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Galician
  • French
  • Occitan
  • Italian
  • Romanian
  • Romance dialectology
  • Romance dialect syntax
  • Judeo-Spanish
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Comparative syntax
  • Linguistic variation
  • Dialectology
  • Dialect syntax
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Understudied/endangered languages


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