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Grant Armstrong teaches courses in phonetics and general linguistics at the undergraduate level and courses in syntactic and semantic theory and their application to Spanish at the graduate level. Grant’s general research interests focus on the morphology, syntax and semantics of Spanish (the structure and interpretation of words and phrases). Specific topics that he works on within those areas include: the grammar of lexical semantic verb classes (activity, change of state), transitivity, applicatives, the uses of the pronominal clitic ‘se’, the structure and interpretation of past participles, and different kinds of secondary predication (mainly resultatives). Grant has also taught introductory courses on Yucatec Maya (at UNC Chapel Hill) and conducted research on the morphosyntax of this language. His areas of interest within Mayan linguistics include: split ergativity, grammatical function changing morphology, the morphology of root classes, non-verbal predicates and comparative approaches to Spanish and Mayan verb semantics and morphology.
The following website contains links to Grant’s dissertation work and other published and unpublished work: