About me

Hi, I’m Martín Fuchs, and I’m a postdoctoral researcher at UiL OTS. I work in the Time in Translation NWO-funded project (PIs: Henriëtte de Swart and Bert Le Bruyn), investigating Perfect constructions in various languages on the basis of parallel corpora data and experimental techniques. In May 2020, I obtained my PhD at Yale Linguistics, working in the Language & Brain Lab.

My research uses experimental methods and corpus studies to understand patterns of synchronic variation rooted in larger principles of semantic change. I investigate how these principles are ultimately based on the cognitive architecture of the linguistic and the conceptual systems.

My dissertation looks at how the different readings of the Imperfective domain (event-in-progress, habitual, and continuous) are expressed in Mexican Altiplano, Central Peninsular, and Rioplatense Spanish through the use of the Simple Present and Present Progressive markers. The dialectal variation that we observe in the distribution of these markers is shown to be partially constrained by the Progressive-to-Imperfective shift, a grammaticalization path that has been well documented across different languages and language families. On the basis of formal characterizations of the meanings of the Progressive and the Imperfective, the dissertation puts forward a series of cognitive mechanisms and communicative pressures that are at play in advancing the diachronic shift through its different stages, with the general goal of understanding the cognitive underpinnings of semantic variation and change. My dissertation committee members were María Mercedes Piñango (chair), Veneeta Dayal, Ashwini Deo, and Scott Schwenter.

I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina and, before my PhD at Yale, I did my undergrad studies at the University of Buenos Aires. During those years, I was part of the Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Lab at the Instituto de Lingüística, where I did some research on the morphosyntactic properties of agrammatism (agreement processing, relative clause comprehension, clitic interpretation).