Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

PhD (Ohio State University); Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica & DEA in Spanish (UCLM, Spain)
Senior Lecturer (Spanish and [Hispanic] Linguistics)
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




I earned my PhD in Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics) at The Ohio State University (USA) in 2009. In Spain, I 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). I also attended the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, where I studied formal syntax.

Researcher's projects

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)

The syntax of Spanish-Galician bilingual speakers, with 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)
  • 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


-Mr Charbel El-Khaissi. PhD thesis on the diachrony of definiteness in Syriac. Chair of panel. In progress.

-Mr Turki Alharbi, PhD thesis on L2 English pronunciation teaching and learning in Saudi Arabia. Chair of panel. Completed 2022.


-Mr Song Jing. A syntactic analysis of xie in Southwestern Mandarin, MA thesis, Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced). Completed. 2018.

-Mr Charbel El-Khaissi. The Syntax of Genitive Constructions in Syriac, MA thesis, Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced). Completed. 2018.


-Ms Jessica Bottomley. Exploring phonological awareness and awareness of grapheme-phoneme correspondences in Australian tertiary students of Spanish. Co-supervised with Dr William Steed. Completed. 2016.

-Ms Kelsey O'Leary. The syntax of clausal nominalisations of Spanish and Portuguese. Completed. 2019.


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