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Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

PhD (Ohio State University); Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica & DEA in Spanish (UCLM, Spain)
Lecturer (Spanish)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
  • Iberian Languages 200308
  • Linguistics 2004
  • Comparative Language Studies 200322
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401

Research interests

Spanish syntax, formal syntax, historical linguistics, historical syntax, Spanish historical syntax, language change and variation, dialect syntax, Romance linguistics, pronunciation pedagogy




Manuel Delicado Cantero is a Lecturer of Spanish in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. He earned his PhD in Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics) at The Ohio State University (USA) in 2009. In his native Spain, he obtained a licenciatura (B.A.) in Hispanic Philology (Spanish language and literature) and a Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (equivalent to M.A.) with concentration in Spanish language at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Ciudad Real campus). He attended the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, where he studied formal syntax.

Research centres

-Founding member of Romance Linguistics in the Antipodes (RomLA) at ANU.
-Member of the Centre for Research on Language change (CRLC) at ANU.
-Associate of the ANU Centre for European Studies.

Grants and fellowships at ANU

2016    CASS Workshop funding, ANU. With Solène Inceoglu.
2013    CASS Small grant for project "Australian Spanish Pronunciation Pedagogy".
2013    ANU Travel grant
2012    Visiting Fellow, HRC, ANU (semester 1)
2011    ANU Travel grant
2010    ANU Travel grant
2010    Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant

Courses regularly taught at ANU

-SPAN2001, SPAN2002 Continuing Spanish I and II

-SPAN2601 The Sounds of Spanish

-SPAN2603 History of the Spanish language. A linguistic time travel

-LING2020/6020 Structure of English

-LING2003/6003 Introduction to Syntax


Researcher's projects


Upcoming publications

-"Spanish pronunciation and teacher training: challenges and suggestions", with Dr William Steed and Dr Alfredo Herrero de Haro. Under review for publication in Rao, Rajiv (ed.). Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation, Routledge.

-"Subcategorization and change: A diachronic analysis of sin embargo (de que)", with Dr Patrícia Amaral. Accepted for publication by John Benjamins.

Projects in progress

Australian Spanish Pronunciation Pedagogy Project, with Dr William Steed (ANU), Dr Alfredo Herrero de Haro (UoW), and Ms Alicia Mellado (CSIC, UCLM).

The syntax and semantics of nominals in Spanish and Portuguese, with Dr Patricia Amaral (Indiana University, USA)

Syntactic variation in Caribbean Spanish, with Dr Catalina Méndez Vallejo (Princeton University, USA) and Dr M. Carmen Parafita Couto (Leiden University, The Netherlands).

Areas of interest/research

-(Formal) Syntax of Spanish and other Romance languages, including dialect syntax
-Historical syntax of Spanish and other Romance languages, esp. prepositional finite clauses and clausal nominalization/substantivization
-Pronunciation pedagogy in Australia

Professional memberships


  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)
  • Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)
  • Sociedad Española de Lingüística (SEL)
  • The Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)

Applied Linguistics:

  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA)
  • Asociación Española de Lingüística Aplicada (AESLA)


  • Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE)
  • Languages & Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Available student projects

Proposals are welcome for Honours, MPhil, and PhD research in any of the areas listed in the research interests section above. 

Current student projects


-Chair of Panel of Ms Edith Pineda-Bernuy's PhD thesis on the diachronic syntax of negation in Quechua.

-Chair of Panel of Mr Turki Alharbi's PhD thesis on L2 English pronunciation teaching and learning in Saudi Arabia.


-Ms Jessica Bottomley. Spanish (and English) pronunciation awareness. Co-supervised with Dr William Steed.


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