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 mainly why I got into linguistics. Apart from languages and their speakers, I have various interests like travelling and science popularization. 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, with Beatriz Fernández and Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER) as my supervisors. I intend to follow this path thorughout my PhD.

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

(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