University Profiles


Jorge Lopez-Cortina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Dr. Lopez-Cortina specializes in linguistics. His main interest is Spanish grammar and its variations.

I am interested in the different ways the informational value of sentence elements is reflected in the structure of sentences. My research focuses on the syntax and semantics of questions and answers, particularly their left periphery, and I have paid special attention to split questions.

Since joining the Department of Modern Languages at Seton Hall University I divide my time between research in theoretical linguistics and language teaching methodology. I am currently working on a Spanish textbook to be published in the fall of 2009.


  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2008
  • M.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2000
  • Ldo., Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, 1995

Academic Distinctions

  • Dissertation: The Spanish Left Periphery, Questions and Answers. Georgetown U., 2007
  • University Fellow, Georgetown U., 2000-2004

Office Phone
(973) 275-2719


Office Location
Room 218
Fahy Hall


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