Associate Professor of Linguistics

My early academic training in English Language and Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina triggered my interest in how people learn second languages and how this can be helped through formal instruction. These interests led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Pittsburgh.

I do research on sentence processing in a second language in order to determine whether there are fundamental differences between native speakers and second language learners when it comes to integrating words into a sentence. I am also interested in the relationship between individual differences, such as working memory capacity and the ability to learn a foreign tongue natively. I have investigated these issues both with instructed populations (in a classroom), and also with people learning language naturalistically. I am further interested in how literacy may have a facilitative effect on the acquisition of second language representations and processing ability. At UVM, I teach courses in Spanish and Linguistics such as Second Language Acquisition, Dialects of Spanish, Contrastive Analysis and Spanish Pronunciation.


Juffs, A. & Rodríguez, G. (2014). Second Language Sentence Processing. Routledge.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
Rodríguez, G. (2013). Are all L2 learners morphologically insensitive?: L1 influence and WM 
capacity as mitigating factors. In E.Voss, S.D. Tai & Z. Li (eds.) Selected Proceedings of the 2011 Second Language Research Forum: Converging Theory and Practice, 70-81.
Rodríguez, G. (2011). Why can’t the sun bloom roses in Spanish? On the nature of internally-caused changes of state. Languages in Contrast 11(2), 241-258.
Juffs, A. & Rodríguez, G. (2008). Some notes on working memory in college-educated and low-educated learners of English as a Second Language in the US. In M. Young-Scholten (ed.) LESLLA Proceedings of the Third Annual Forum. New Castle University, England.
Rodríguez, G. (2004). Relative clause attachment preferences in second language learners' parsing performance. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 10(1), 157-169.

Awards and Recognition

2008 Instructional Incentive Grant, University of Vermont
2005-2006 Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
Professor Guillermo Rodriguez

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics


  • Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh


  • (802) 656-3196
Office Location:

Waterman 517G

Office Hours:

Spring 2022: M 10:00 - 11:00 virtual, R 3:00 - 4:00 virtual and in-person

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 101: Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 105: Phonetics and Phonology
  • SPAN 109: Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 201: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 202: Topics in Spanish Language Study: Spanish/English Contrastive Analysis
  • SPAN 212: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 217: Spanish Dialectology 
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: Dialectology
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • LING 166: Introduction to Syntax
  • LING 171: Introduction to Psycholinguistics
  • LING 177: Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 196: Intermediate Special Topics: Introduction to Psycholinguistics
  • LING 296: Advanced Special Topics: Applied Linguistics: Harry Potter Corpus
  • EDSC 259: Teaching a Foreign Language in Secondary Schools
  • ESOL 096: Introductory Special Topics: Academic Communication Skills II