Gontzal Alday

Associate Professor
Dpt. of Linguistics and Basque Studies
School of Letters
University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU)
Mailing address: Paseo de la Universidad 5; 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava
Phone number: 945-01-36-45
gontzal.alday@ehu.es

Lines of research: Typology, functional linguistics, historical linguistics. Basque grammar, Basque texts, historical dialectology of Basque.

Research topics: Ergativity, case-marking alignment, verb morphology, tense-aspect-mood, relative clauses, word order.

Degrees earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Linguistics.

           Degree obtained: 2002
           School: University of Southern California (USC)
           Dissertation: The grammaticalization of present and past in Basque
           Advisors: Bernard Comrie & John A. Hawkins

  • Master of Arts, Linguistics.

           Degree obtained: 1997
           School: University of Southern California (USC)

  • Licenciado (Graduate) in Letters; Major: Basque Linguistics and Literature.

           Degree obtained: 1995
           School: University of Deusto-Bilbao (the first three years were completed at the Univ. of the Basque Country; the final two at the Univ. of Deusto)

  • Licenciado (Graduate) in Sciences, Major: Chemistry.

           Degree obtained: 1985
           School: University of the Basque Country (UPV).

Teaching experience: college level

  • Associate  Professor.  University  of  the  Basque  Country  (UPV),  Dept.  of Linguistics and Basque Studies.

Dates: from March 2011 up to the present time.
Undergraduate courses taught: "Basque Grammar I", "Old Basque Texts I", and "Issues in Basque Diachrony".
Graduate courses taught: "Seminar in Basque Diachrony", "The Basque language from a typological perspective" and "Normalization and standardization of the Basque language".

  • Interim Assistant Professor (full-time). UPV, Dept. of Ling. & Basque Studies.

Academic years: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10.
Courses taught: "Historical Grammar of Basque", "Old Basque Texts I", and "Basque for Technical Purposes".

  • Interim Assistant Professor (part-time). UPV, Dept. of Ling. & Basque Studies.

Academic years: 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Courses taught: "Introduction to the Basque Language", "Old Basque Texts II", and "Issues in Basque Diachrony".

  • Visiting Lecturer. Univ. of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Dept of Linguistics.

Academic year: 2001-02.
Courses taught: "Introduction to Historical Linguistics".

  • Assistant Lecturer. USC, Department of Spanish.

Academic years: 1995-96 and 2000-01.
Courses taught: "Spanish I" (1995-96) and "Spanish III" (2000-01).

Administrative experience: college level

  • Dept. Academic Secretary. UPV, Dept. of Linguistics and Basque Studies.

           Dates: from January 2011 until June 2013.

  • Chair of Department. UPV, Dept. of Linguistics and Basque Studies.

           Dates: from June 2013 until October 2013.

  • Program Coordinator. UPV, Grade in Basque Studies.

           Dates: from January 2011 until present.

Grants, honors, etc.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, granted by the Basque Government & UPV.

Academic years: 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Research Project: "Is Basque ergative?"
Center of application: UPV, Dept. of Basque Philology.

  • Postdoctoral Abroad Fellowship, granted by the Basque Government.

Academic years: 2002-03 y 2003-04.
Research Project: "Typology of relative clauses".
Center of application: UCLA, Dept. of Linguistics.
Director: Dr. Edward Keenan.

  • Del Amo Dissertation Research Grant (USC).

Academic year: 1999-2000.
Research Project: "Tense-Aspect-Mood in Basque".
Center of application: USC, Dept. of Linguistics.
Director: Dr. John A. Hawkins.

  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, granted by the Basque Government.

Academic years: 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.
Research Project: "Tense-Aspect-Mood".
Center of application: USC, Dept. of Linguistics.
Director: Dr. Bernard Comrie.

  •  Del Amo Graduate Teaching Fellowship (USC)

Academic year: 1995-96.

  •  Honor prize as the final grade for the Licenciatura in Linguistics & Literature

Date: 1995.

Visiting Scholar

  • Visiting Scholar stay for research abroad.

Funding: University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Dates: March 13, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Project:  "Affectedness and Differential Object Marking: A typological study" Institution: University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Dpt. Linguistics Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Marianne Mithun

  • Visiting Scholar stay for research abroad.

Funding: Basque Government, Dpt. of Education Dates: March 16, 2016 to May 16, 2016
Project:  "Affectedness and Differential Object Marking: A typological study" Institution: University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Dpt. Spanish Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Viola Miglio

Publications

Aldai, G. 2015. "Subordinadas completivas del verbo gertatu ‘ocurrir' en Haraneder: ¿Subjuntivo extendido o conservación del Aoristo Perifrástico?". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 47 (120), 327-344. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 2014. "Hacia una periodización de la fragmentación del euskera occidental". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 46 (118), 221-245. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 2013. "Sasiola vs. Lazarraga: Acerca del euskera del texto de Estibaliz Sasiola". Lapurdum 17, 7-29. (ISSN: 1273-3830).

Aldai, G. 2012. "Sobre el origen de Martín Portal, autor de la poesía premiada en Pamplona en 1610". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 44 (114), 93-117. (ISSN: 0046- 435X).

Aldai, G. 2012. "Sobre el morfema verbal -ra- del vascuence: Lexicalización y reanálisis de causativos morfológicos". Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 89 (2), 105- 124. (ISSN: 1475-3839).

Aldai, G. 2011. "Wh-questions and SOV languages in Hawkins' (2004) theory: Evidence from Basque". Linguistics 49 (5), 1079-1135. (ISSN: 0024-3949).

Aldai, G. 2010. "Euskararen  kasu-markaketaren  aldakortasun  dialektala". In Beatriz Fernandez, Pablo Albizu & Ricardo Etxepare (eds.), Euskara eta euskarak: Aldakortasun sintaktikoa aztergai, (Anejos de ASJU 52), 5-19. Bilbao: Universidad del País Vasco.  (ISBN: 978-84-9860-397-2).

Aldai, G. 2010. "Adizki jokatuak". In Pello Salaburu & Patxi Goenaga (ed.), Sareko Euskal Gramatika (SEG). Online address: www.ehu.eus/seg (ISBN: 978-84- 693-9891-3).

Aldai, G. 2009. "Aoristo Perifrástico, perfectivo y pluscuamperfecto: Leizarraga vs. Lazarraga". Anuario del Seminario Julio de Urquijo  (ASJU)  43,  19-36.  (ISSN: 0582-6152). (Special issue: R. Etxepare, R. Gómez & J.A. Lakarra eds., Beñat Oihartzabali gorazarre. Festschrift for Bernard Oyharçabal).

Aldai, G. 2009. "Is Basque morphologically ergative?: Western Basque vs. Eastern Basque". Studies in Language 33 (4), 783-831. (ISSN: 0378-4177).

Aldai, G. 2008. "Últimos restos del Aoristo Perifrástico en el euskera de Bilbao". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 40 (109), 405-417. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 2008. "Sobre el significado arcaico de las formas con prefijo l-: su uso en Lazarraga". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 40 (108), 301-327. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 2008. "Patxi Goenagari 30 mila esker".  In Xabier Artiagoitia & Joseba Lakarra (eds.), Gramatika jaietan Patxi Goenagaren omenez, (Anejos de ASJU 51), 13-28. Bilbao: Universidad del País Vasco. (ISBN: 978-84-9860-085-8).

Aldai, G. 2008. "From ergative case-marking to semantic case-marking: the case of historical Basque". In Mark Donohue & Søren Wichmann (eds.), The typology of semantic alignment, 197-218. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (ISBN: 978-0-19-923838-5).

Aldai, G. 2007. "Discreteness and non-discreteness in the design of tense- aspect-mood". In Matti Miestamo & Bernhard Wälchli (eds.), New challenges in typology: Broadening the horizons and redefining the foundations, 271-291. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (ISBN: 978-3-11-019592-7).

Aldai, G. 2007. The grammaticalization of present and past in Basque. (Doctoral Dissertations Series). Bilbao: Univ. del País Vasco. (ISBN: 978-84- 8373-977-8).

Aldai, G. 2006. "Lehenaldi perfektiboko formak XVI mendeko euskaran". Anuario del Seminario Julio de Urquijo (ASJU) 40, 23-34. (ISSN: 0582-6152). (Special issue: J.A. Lakarra & J.I. Hualde eds., Studies in Basque and historical linguistics in memory of R.L. Trask).

Aldai, G.  2006. "The semantic (i.e. split-intransitive) case-marking system of Western Basque". In Beatriz Fernandez & Itziar Laka (eds.),  Andolin  gogoan: Essays in honour of Professor Eguzkitza, 117-138. Bilbao: Universidad del  País Vasco. (ISBN: 84-8373-890-2).

Aldai, G. 2003. The grammaticalization of present and past in Basque. Doctoral dissertation. University of Southern California.

Comrie, B. & G. Aldai. 2002. "Suppletion in the Old Basque verb ‘to give': A typological perspective". In Xabier Artiagoitia, Patxi Goenaga & Joseba A. Lakarra (eds.), Erramu boneta: Festschrift for Rudolf P.G. de Rijk, 145-151. Bilbao: Universidad del País Vasco. (ISBN: 84-8373-406-0).

Aldai, G. 2000. "Split ergativity in Basque: the pre-Basque antipassive- imperfective hypothesis." Folia Linguistica Historica 21, 31-97. (ISSN: 0168- 647X).

Aldai, G. 1999. "Notas sobre la última edición de los Refranes y Sentencias de 1596". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 31 (82), 383-392. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 1999. "Hegoaldeko Goinafarrera Zaharra: aditz laguntzaileekiko ezaugarri zenbait". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 31 (81), 263-274. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 1998. "A propósito del Aoristo vasco". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 30 (79), 377-386. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 1998. "Un nuevo rasgo de la lengua de los Refranes y Sentencias de 1596". Fontes Linguae Vasconum 30 (79), 387-395. (ISSN: 0046-435X).

Aldai, G. 1996. "Refranes y Sentencias de 1596: aditz sistemaren inbentarioa".
Enseiukarrean 12, 69-89. (ISSN: 1130-8192).

Aldai, G.  1995. "Becussu adizkia Barrutiaren Acto para la Nochebuena obran".
Enseiukarrean 11, 117-122. (ISSN: 1130-8192).

Aldai, G. 1994. "Euskal aditz sistema zaharraz: aspektu oposaketatik modu oposaketara". Enseiukarrean 10, 67-82. (ISSN: 1130-8192).

Talks at Conferences

"Morphology: innate or historical product?. Basque Ergative Displacement revisited." Talk delivered at the 1999 Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Workshop on Basque Linguistics. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. July 17-18, 1999.

"Layering, lexical-semantics and frequency: a diachronic account of the constructions of present tense in Basque." Talk delivered at the XIV International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL). University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. August 9-13, 1999.

"Gap relative clauses in Basque." Talk delivered at the III Conference of the Association for  Linguistic Typology (ALT). University of Amsterdam, Holland. August 26-29, 1999.

"Is Basque ergative?" Talk delivered in collaboration with Jon Aske at the III Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT). University of Amsterdam, Holland. August 26-29, 1999.

"A classification of two-place predicates in Old Basque and its relation with cognition; (plus a speculative note on a Basque-Spanish correspondence in the 10th century Glosas Emilianenses)." Talk accepted at the 8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC), held at the University of La Rioja, Spain, in July 2003.

"The evolution of the Basque Perfect (in comparison with its neighboring languages)." Talk accepted at the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL), held at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2003.

"From more ergative case-marking to more active case-marking: The case of historical Basque". Talk delivered at the Conference on the Typology of Stative- Active Languages. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. May 20-22, 2005.

"Towards a reconstruction of the Pre-Basque verb complex and the Pre-Basque type". Panel presented at the 13th International Morphology Meeting. University of Vienna, Austria. February 3-6, 2008.


"On the position of the inflected verb in historical Basque:  Verb-final motivations vs. verb-fronting motivations". Talk delivered at the ‘Syntax of the World's Languages' III Conference. Free University of Berlin, Germany. September 25-28, 2008.

Membership to Linguistic Societies

  • Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT).
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE).
  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA).