Iker																 Zulaica

Iker Zulaica

Clinical Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Department: World Languages and Cultures, Spanish
Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 543B



Iker Zulaica Hernández, PhD Spanish Linguistics
The Ohio State University

His academic interests includes discourse, reference/anaphora and Spanish syntax, semantics and pragmatics. He has published his research on diverse phenomena in connection with referring expressions, and discourse production and interpretation. He is also interested in Artificial Intelligence applied to Natural Language Processing (NLP).
He is currently working on an introductory book on the grammar-discourse interface in Spanish.



  • PhD, The Ohio State University
  • MA, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Universidad de Alicante (Spain)



SPAN-S326 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN-S311 Spanish Grammar
SPAN-S323 Introduction to Translating SPAN/ENG
SPAN-S425 Spanish Phonetics
SPAN-S427 The Structure of Spanish
SPAN-S450 Computers in Translation
SPAN-S466 Interfaz Gramática-Discurso
SPAN-S468 Spanish Varieties
SPAN-S508 Spanish Varieties (graduate)
SPAN-S511 Spanish Syntactic Analysis (graduate)



Zulaica Hernandez, Iker. In preparation. La interfaz gramática-discurso en español. Herramientas para el análisis gramatical del discurso.

Journal issues (refereed)
Iker Zulaica Hernández & C. Gelormini-Lezama. (eds.) 2018. Reference and Anaphora in Iberian Languages. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 47(2): 279-466.

Journal articles and book chapters (refereed)

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2024. La enseñanza de la elipsis en la clase de español como segunda lengua. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics 37(1): 83–108.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2021. Apuntes sobre la expresión del neutro en español. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics 34(1): 339–364.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2018. Spanish null complement anaphora at the grammar-discourse interface. Quaderns de Filología: Estudis Lingüistics 23: 81–104.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2018. A denotation-driven reanalysis of the Spanish neuter pronominal system. Lingua (213): 91–116.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2018. Resolving abstract anaphors in Spanish discourse: Underspecification and mereological structures. Linguistics 56(3): 681–713.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2017. Complement anaphora in Spanish: Proportional references and discourse relations. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 47(2): 449–466.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2017. On the discourse anaphoric properties of pre- and post-nominal Spanish demonstratives. A comparative analysis. Linguistics 55(3): 553–588.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2016. Towards a unified account of demonstrative use and pragmatically controlled antecedents in Spanish. Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana 28(2): 187–211.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2016. Topic-continuity and topic-shift effects in Spanish discourse. A comparative analysis of referring expressions. International Review of Pragmatics 8(1): 1–35.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2015. La lingüística de Corpus. In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach (Ed.), Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica. London/New York: Routledge.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2015. Los demostrativos. In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach (Ed.), Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica. London/New York: Routledge.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2012. Temporal constraints in the use of demonstratives in Iberian Spanish. Borealis: An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 1(2): 195–234.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker and J. Gutiérrez-Rexach. 2012. A multidimensional semantics for discourse particles: Evidence from Spanish demonstrative pronouns. International Review of Pragmatics 4(1): 29–57.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2011. Contextual congruence tense-demonstration in Spanish: A temporal discourse model-based account. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 4 (1): 81–115.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2010. Testing accessibility and givenness in a corpus of Spanish. In M. Almela and A. Sánchez-Pérez (eds.), A Mosaic of Corpus Linguistics: Selected Approaches. Frankfurt/Berlin: Peter Lang, pp. 101–120.

Zulaica Hernández, Iker. 2009. Demonstratives and the rhetorical structure of discourse. Sintagma 21: 53–69.

Zulaica-Hernández, Iker and J. Gutiérrez-Rexach. 2009. Hacia una semántica computacional de las anáforas demostrativas. Linguamática 1(2), 2009, pp. 81–90.



Trustees Teaching Award 2021

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Discourse syntax, semantics and pragmatics, reference and anaphora



Director of Spanish Graduate Studies 2015-2021
Coordinator of Community Internships 2018- present