• 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 will examine the acquisition and accessibility of different Spanish passive constructions, including se-passives.

Publications and Presentations

  •  Mauffray, E. (2021). Word order preferences with intransitive verbs in heritage and L2 Spanish. Proceedings of the 29th Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe. Leiden University.
  • Mauffray, E. (2020, November 25). Postverbal subjects in Heritage/L2 Spanish: Assessing effects of unaccusativity and adjunct placement. Going Romance 34 [Poster presentation].
  • 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, April 24). The acquisition of discourse markers in Spanish L2 learners’ oral narratives: So and its possible equivalents. KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference [Conference Presentation], Lexington, KY.
  • Mauffray, E. (2012, April). Disaster community: La cultura sísmica of Chile. Croft Institute of International Studies [Thesis]. University, MS.