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About Clàudia Pons-Moll

Tenured assistant professor in the Department of Catalan Philology and General Linguistics of the Universitat de Barcelona. PhD in Catalan Philology (2004) with the dissertation "Consonantal Contacts in Balearic Catalan. Description and Analysis", finalist with special mention of the award  Premi Claustre de Doctors de la Universitat de Barcelona to doctoral dissertations (2006 edition, with 88 candidates). My research and teaching areas are phonology, morphology, linguistic theory, and linguistic variation.

I was benefited with a PhD grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya (1999FI 00478) during the period 1999-2002. I have been adjunct professor in the Departament de Filologia Catalana of the Universitat de Barcelona (2003-2006; 2011-2012) and in the Departament de Filologia Catalana of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2004-2007). During the period 2008-2010, I was benefited with a Juan de la Cierva research contract (MICINN-UAB) to carry out a project on the phonology of Romance languages, ascribed to the coordinated project "Microvariation: syntactic and morphophonological features" (MICINN-UAB; PI: Carme Picallo). 

Along with Josefina Carrera-Sabaté, I am the director of the interuniversitary teaching/research project The sounds of Catalan (UB-UAB-UdL-URV-UiB-UPF), with funding from the Generalitat de Catalunya (2008MQD-00189; PI: Joan Solà; 2010MQD-00193, PI: Claudia Pons-Moll), the Universitat de Barcelona, the Institut Ramon Llull, the Casa de les Llengües. The project was also awarded by the RecerCaixa program (RecerCaixa 2011, PI: Claudia Pons-Moll). Website:

I have presented the results of my research in several international conferences (Manchester Phonology Meeting, GLOW, NELS, OCP, Going Romance, LSRL, Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia, ConSole, North American Phonology Conference, LabPhon, International Morphology Meeting, Decembrettes, Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Cuny Phonology Forum, etc.), international journals, books and specialized volumes (Linguistic Inquiry, Probus, Phonology, Catalan Journal of Linguistics, Acta Linguistica Hungarica, Romance languages and linguistic theory 2002 (Benjamins, 2004), Prosodies (De Gruyter Mouton, 2005), Romance languages and linguistic theory 2009 (Benjamins, 2011), Romance languages and linguistic theory 2010 (Benjamins, 2012), The Dialect Laboratory. Dialects as a testing ground for theories of language change (SLC, Benjamins, 2012), Romance phonetics and phonology (OUP, in press), Proceedings of NELS-40, 2013; Proceedings of ConSOLE X, 2002, and in Romance journals, such as Caplletra, Estudis Romànics, Catalan Review, Zetischrift fur Katalanistik,  Symposia Philologica, Randa, Llengua & Literatura, Estudios Catalanes, Revista de Linguistica Occitana, etc.

I have attended two linguistic summer institutes organized by the Linguistic Society of America (1999: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 2005: Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Harvard University), and I have been visiting scholar at the Department of Linguistics at UMass during the period January-May 2010 (stay sponsored by John J. McCarthy and funded by a José Castillejo grant; ref. JC2009-00277). I have also been visting scholar at Freiburg University (2007-2013), at the University College London (Spring 2014), and at the University of Washington in Saint Louis (Fall 2016), where I taught, respectively, lectures on Optimality Theory, underlying representations, and syllable structure and sonority.  

I have published the book La teoria de l'optimitat. Una introduccio aplicada al catala de les Illes Balears (PAM, 2007). I have edited, along with Maria-Rosa Lloret, various specialized books (including Lingüística i gramàtiques, Noves aproximacions a la fonologia i la morfologia del català. Volum d'homenatge a Max W. Wheeler, and Clàssics d’ahir i d’avui en la gramàtica del catala). Along with Josefina Carrera-Sabaté, I have edited the book Aplicacions de la fonètica. With Joan Mascaró, I won the Premi d'Investigació Cultural Francesc de Borja Moll (Institut Menorqui d'Estudis; Ajuntament de Ciutadella) for the project "Grammatical Study of Minorcan Catalan", which is in process of elaboration. During the period March-December 2012, I collaborated in the proof-reading and the completion of the phonology and the morphology chapters of the Gramàtica de la llengua catalana (IEC) (PI: [Joan Solà], Gemma Rigau, Manuel Pérez-Saldanya).

Along with Maria-Rosa Lloret, I am principal investigator of the project “Fenómenos de interfaz fonética-fonología-morfología desde la perspectiva de la variación lingüística (FFI2016-76245-C3-3-P). I am also member of the Grup d'Estudi de la Variació (UB, PI: Lluís Payrató), and external collaborator of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics (UAB) ( and the group Gramàtica Orientada a les Competències (​  I am member D of GLOW.

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Present Departament de Filologia Catalana, Universitat de Barcelona, University of Barcelona
Present External collaborator, Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Present Titular Professor, University of Barcelona

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