Professor of Spanish linguistics. B.A., Languages and Literatures, Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay; M.A., Linguistics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego. Taught Spanish language courses at the University of California, San Diego, and Spanish Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Colorado State University. She is a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1998; teaches Spanish language and linguistics upper division courses, and graduate courses in Spanish and applied linguistics, including Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Spanish Syntax, Phonology, Vocabulary and Word Formation, Historical Linguistics, Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, and Foreign Language Teaching Methods. Her research interests include functional and cognitive linguistics applied to Spanish and Guarani, the contact and interference between these two languages, and the pedagogy and acquisition of grammar in a second language. She has published several articles in these areas; her book, The Grammar of Possession, was published by John Benjamins in 1996.



Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1996, The grammar of inalienability: possession and noun incorporation in Paraguayan Guaraní, Studies in Language Companion Series, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 274 pp.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Velázquez-Castillo, Maura and Hudgens, Mary, 2013, “Aspectual para in Paraguayan Spanish directive clauses.” Journal of Contact Linguistics 6:73-105, 33 pages

Velázquez-Castillo, Maura and Hudgens, Mary, 2013, Quiero para mi Novio: Aspectual Uses of para in Paraguayan Spanish. Journal of Creole and Pidgin Linguistics 28:1, 65-102, 38 pages.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2004, “Serial Verb Constructions in Guaraní.” International Journal of American Linguistics. Vol. 70.2, 2004: 187-213. The University of Chicago Press.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2002, “Transitivity and grammatical relations in active systems: the case of Guaraní”. Functions of Language, vol. 9.2: 133-167. (This volume was not released until 2003)

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2000, “Posesión inalienable en español: niveles de tematicidad e individuación,” Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Estudios Cognoscitivos del Español, Volumen Monográfico ed. por Ricardo Maldonado, pp. 83-110.

Michel Achard and Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1996, “Functional linguistics and communicative grammar instruction,” Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata, XXV. 2, pp. 313-336.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1995, “Possessive constructions in Paraguayan Spanish: the influence of Guaraní”, Romance Language Annual, Vol. IV, pp. 607-613.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1995, “Noun Incorporation in Guaraní: a functional analysis”, Linguistics 33, pp. 673-709.

Refereed Chapters in Books:

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2007, “Voice and Transitivity in Guaraní.” In The Typology of Semantic Alignment Systems. Ed. by Mark Donohue and Søren Wichmann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 380-395.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2005, “Aspecto Verbal en el Español Paraguayo: Elementos del Sustrato”, In Maldonado, Ricardo an Lubbers Quesada, Margaret (eds.). Dimensiones del Aspecto en Español. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Unversidad Autónoma de Querétaro, pp. 173-193.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2004,“Guaraní” (a description and analysis of the morphological system of Guaraní), in: Morphology, HSK 17.2 (ed. by Geert Booij, Christian Lehmann and Joachim Mugdan), Handbooks in Linguistics and Communication Science Series, Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 10 pp.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2002, “Guarani Causative Constructions,” In: The Grammar of Causation and Interpersonal Manipulation (ed. by Masayoshi Shibatani), Typological Studies in Language Series, Vol. 48, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 507-534.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1999 “Body-part EP constructions: A cognitive/functional analysis”. In: External Possession (ed. By Doris Payne and Immanuel Barshi), Typological Studies in Language Series, Vol. 39, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 78-107.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1991, “Noun incorporation and object placement in discourse: the case of Guaraní”. In: Word order in discourse, (ed. by Pamela Downing and Mickey Noonan), Typological Studies in Language Series, Vol. 30, John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 555-579.

Refereed Proceedings:

Gerald Delahunty and Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2002, “The X is that S: A Lexico-Grammatical Device for Local Discourse Management”. In Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Hispanic Linguistics (ed. by Kimberly Geeslin and James Lee, Cascadilla Press, 22 pp.

Velázquez-Castillo, Maura. 2011. “Lectura y Reafirmación Cultural de la Población Hispana en EEUU: hacia la Creación de un Tercer Espacio Lingüístico y Socio-cultural,” Memorias del Congreso Internacional Lectura 2011, para leer el XXI, Congreso Internacional Lectura 2011, Havana, Cuba.

Velázquez-Castillo, Maura and Linarte, Israel, 2009, “La Lectura como Medio de Recuperación y Reafirmación Cultural Hispana en Colorado,” Memorias del Congreso Internacional Lectura 2009, para leer el XXI, edited by Emilia Gallegos, 26 pages.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo. 2007. “The Middle Voice in Paraguayan Guaraní.” Proceedings of the 6th Congreso de Lingüística General. Madrid: Arco Libros.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1991, “The semantics of Guaraní agreement markers”. In Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, 17. Berkeley, California, pp. 324-335.

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 1989, “Guaraní possessive constructions”. In Proceedings of the Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Linguistic Conference. Eugene, Oregon, pp. 489-506.

Encyclopedia entry:

Maura Velázquez-Castillo, 2001,“Guaraní”. In: Facts about the World’s languages: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Major Languages, The H. W. Wilson Company, ed. by Jane Garry and Carl Rubino, pp. 271-273, (Invited contribution)