PhD students

» Cecilia Fernández-Altonaga

Hizkuntzalaritza eta Euskal Ikasketak


Centro de Investigación Micaela Portilla Ikergunea, Oficina 3.2 Bulegoa
Justo Vélez de Elorriaga, 1
01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz

I graduated in Basque Studies in the UPV/EHU university (2017-2021) and I completed my studies with a masters in Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics at the same university. Back in high school, I became fond of syntax exercises and ever since my interest in language has nothing but grown, which is what led me into linguistics. In 2021, through an Ikasiker Fellowship of Research to collaborate with The Bilingual Mind research group, I started working on adverbs under the mentorship of professor Beatriz Fernández. I have carried out my Master's Dissertation on the topic of adverbial modifiers and particularly, Basque manner-adverbials formed through the suffix -ki.

Now I am working on my PhD dissertation under the supervision of professors Beatriz Fernández (UPV/EHU) and Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER). Funding for this research comes from a pre-doctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Universities, FPU [FPU21/05860]. The thesis is carried out at The Bilingual Mind research team (UPV(EHU) and the IKER UMR5478 research center in Bayonne, through a cotutelle between the UPV/EHU and the UPPA (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour).

Research interests

Syntactic theory, syntax-semantics interface, adverbials, adpositions, modifiers, grammatical categories, modals

Papers in journals

(2022) Fernández-Altonaga, Cecilia. Adberbioak euskaraz: hitz mota bakarra ala gehiago? . Uztaro, 123. 81-107.

Book chapters

(2023) Fernández-Altonaga, Cecilia. Adberbioak aztergai: kategoriaren auzia argitzeko zenbait gogoeta. In Arbelaitz, Olatz, Ainhoa Latatu & Elixabete Pérez Gaztelu (ed.) V. Ikergazte. Nazioarteko Ikerketa Euskaraz. Kongresuko artikulu bilduma. Giza zientziak eta Artea.. UEU. 59-66.
(2022) Fernández-Altonaga, Cecilia. Searching for adverbs: a look into the nature of adverbial modifiers from Basque manner adverbials. Master Amaierako Lana/Master's Thesis, UPV/EHU.

Visiting fellowships

Through the Erasmus+ programme: Concordia University, Montreal (Canada)

Participation in funded research projects

Langues & Grammaires en (Ile-de) France, coordinated by Anne Zribe-Hertz and Elena Soare (Université Paris 8/UMR SFL)



Basque (first language), Spanish (first language), English (C2), French (C2)


  • Erasmus+ KA107 grant (2019-20)

Institution: Servicio Español para la Internacionalización de la Educación (SEPIE)

  • Ikasiker Fellowship for Research (2020-21)  [IkasC_2020_1_0039]

Institution: Department of Education, Language Policy and Culture of the Basque Government

  • FPU PhD grant (Ayuda para la Formación del Profesorado Universitario) [FPU21/05860] (2022-2026)

Institution: Ministry of Universities of the Spanish Government