Subject taught on this MA

Dr Capdevila is not teaching on this year’s MA

Research Areas

My present research interests are the following:

  • The acquisition of English as a second and a third language from a generative perspective.
  • Individual differences in the learning of a second Language
    (motivation, anxiety, attitude…)
  • Language Related Episodes and peer interaction.

I have also worked on the acquisition of the syntax of first languages.

Dissertation Supervision

I would be happy to supervise students interested in the acquisition of a second or a third Language; individual differences and Language Related Episodes.

Some examples of supervised MA theses

  • 2017. Maria José Hernández Rosales. The Omission of Expletive Pronouns “It” and “There” by Spanish Learners of English.
  • 2016. Xabier Urrutia Alzuarte. The Acquisition of English as L3 by Basque/Spanish Learners: Evidence from Word Order.
  • 2011. Youzi Zhang. The Acquisition of Interrogatives by Chinese Learners of English.

Research Activities

I am a member of the SGR research group EFLIC (English as a
Foreign Language in Instructed Contexts) (SGR693).

I am a member of the research project “Procesamiento y representacion de construcciones multinivel: Efectos del contacto linguistico en hablantes de herencia y bilingues funcionales”, FFI2016-75082-P, UPF.

Representative Publications

  • Llinàs-Grau, M., E. Pladevall-Ballester, M. Capdevila-Batet” (2013) “On That-omission and its Absence in the Written Production of Bilingual Spanish/Catalan L2-learners of English ” in 
    Atlantis, Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies
    , 35.I, pp.35-49. ISSN 0210-6124.
  • Aparici, M, Serrat, E., Capdevila, M & M. Serra (2001) “Acquisition of complex sentences in Spanish and Catalan speaking children” in Children’s Language, Ed. K. Nelso, A. Aksu-koç & C. Johnson. Mahwah, NewJersey, pp.1-25, Vol. 2.
  • Capdevila, M. (1997) “Crosslinguistic similarieties in the acquisition of English and Catalan”. In Revista Canaria de Estudios
    Ingleses“, Vol., 34, pp. 13-33.