Diego Pascual y Cabo is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Texas Tech University. Diego received his BA in English from the University of Granada (Spain) and his M.A. in Spanish from Northern Illinois University. After working as a language instructor for 4 years, Diego decided to continue his graduate studies in the department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida, where he received his Ph. D. in Hispanic Linguistics. His primary research interests are heritage speaker bilingualism and second language acquisition.
His doctoral dissertation entitled 'Agreement Reflexes of Emerging Optionality in Heritage Speaker Spanish' examined the syntax of reverse psychological predicates (i.e., gustar-like verbs). The overarching goal of this project was to determine with explanatory adequacy what linguistic factors may contribute to heritage speaker competence outcomes in this specific domain.
Diego’s work, which is approached from a generative point of view, has appeared in several scholarly journals, proceedings, and edited volumes. Currently, he is examining the acquisition of different morpho-syntactic properties in bilingual heritage speaker grammars so as to expand on our understanding of how and why heritage speaker grammars differ from their monolingual counterparts.
When he is not being a linguist, Diego likes traveling, working out and staying active. He also enjoys cooking, reading, and chatting with friends... but above all, he loves spending time with his wife (Laurie) and his two children (Teo and Pau).