Grant Armstrong

Position title: Associate Professor


1068 Van Hise Hall

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Fall 2021 Office Hours



Grant Armstrong’s general research interests focus on the morphology, syntax, and semantics of Spanish. Specific topics that he works on within those areas include the Grammar of Lexical Semantic Verb Classes (Activity, Change of State), Transitivity, Applicatives, the Uses of the Pronominal Clitic ‘se’, the Structure and Interpretation of Past Participles, Degree Terms, and different kinds of Secondary Predication (mainly Resultatives). He also works on Yucatec Maya, a Mayan language spoken in the Yucatán peninsula. His research interests within Mayan linguistics include Split Ergativity, Grammatical Function Changing Morphology, the Morphology of Root Classes, Non-Verbal Predicates and Comparative Approaches to Spanish and Mayan Verb Semantics and Morphology.


PhD, Georgetown University
BA, University of California, Berkeley


Lexis. In K. Geeslin (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics, 415-436. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018

SE-marked directed motion constructions: anticausatives and figure reflexives. In J. MacDonald (ed.) Contemporary trends in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics, 11-30. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2017

The syntax of non-verbal predication in Yucatec Maya. Cuadernos de Lingüística de El Colegio de México 4(2): 137-212, 2017

Spanish participios activos are adjectival antipassives. The Linguistic Review 34(1): 1-37, 2017

Una “buena” manera de hablar acerca de grados: bien con adjetivos en español. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 9(2): 401-427 (with Alberto Pastor), 2016

Spanish unspecified objects as null incorporated nouns. Probus 28(2): 165-230, 2016

Pronominal verbs in Spanish. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 9(1): 29-65, 2016


Grant Armstrong’s personal website with links to pre-published versions of all articles and other work in progress

Students interested in studying Yucatec Maya at the University of Wisconsin-Madison should contact Grant, Alberto Vargas, or Jessica Hurley. Opportunities to study Yucatec Maya at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in the Yucatán can be found here.

Grant is currently the Faculty Director of La Residencia (Spanish House) in the International Learning Community. This is a Spanish-speaking residence where students of different levels and backgrounds choose to live in order to improve their spoken Spanish. Students have many opportunities to participate in community events related to the local Spanish-speaking community in Madison.


Armstrong CV-S2018