• M.A. Spanish Linguistics, University of Georgia (2015)
  • B.A. International Studies and Spanish, University of Mississippi (2012)


My main research interest is Spanish as a heritage and second language, primarily in the areas of morphosyntax, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics. In particular, I’m interested in investigating the converging and diverging developmental patterns that these populations exhibit in comparison with non-heritage native speakers with the aim of establishing what the sources of these different patterns are – be it transfer, attrition, or other (non-)linguistic phenomena.

My most recent projects explore argument structure and A-/A’-movement in adult native, heritage, and L2 Spanish. Specifically, I have investigated word order preferences with different types of intransitive verbs (unaccusative and unergative), and I am currently working on my dissertation, which examines the acquisition and accessibility of different Spanish passive constructions, including se-passives.


Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Mauffray, E. & Mateu, V. (2024). Comparing productive and receptive abilities with Spanish periphrastic and se-passives in second language learners. Talk to be presented at the 100th Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Mauffray, E. & Mateu, V. (2023). The acquisition of periphrastic and se-passives in L2 Spanish: A priming and acceptability task investigation. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
  • Mauffray, E. (2020). Postverbal subjects in Heritage/L2 Spanish: Assessing effects of unaccusativity and adjunct placement. Poster presented at Going Romance 34 [virtual].
  • Mauffray, E., Faytak, M., Kim, J. Y., & Repiso Puigdelliura, G. (2020). Lateral articulation of the Spanish trill/r/. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 148(4), 2581-2581.
  • Mauffray, E. (2015). The acquisition of discourse markers in Spanish L2 learners’ oral narratives: So and its possible equivalents. Talk presented at KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • Mauffray, E. (2012). Disaster community: La cultura sísmica of Chile. Croft Institute of International Studies [Thesis]. University, MS.