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Dr Alberto Hijazo-Gascón holds a degree in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He has a Master´s degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Nebrija University in Madrid. He completed a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Zaragoza in 2011. During his doctorate he made several research visits to the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Lund (Sweden), the University of California Berkeley (USA), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Netherlands). He worked as a researcher and as an associate tutor for General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zaragoza in 2012. He has been working as a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Spanish at UEA since September 2012.

Key Research Interests

Cognitive Linguistics, Linguistic typology, Second language acquisition, Language universals and language-specific effects in language use, Intra-typological contrasts (Romance languages), Geographical Varieties and Dialectology, Metaphor and Metonymy, Intercultural pragmatics, Intercultural communication in business and professional contexts.

Teaching Interests

Cognitive linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Spanish linguistics, Hispanic culture, English-Spanish translation

Academic Background

  • 2006 University of Zaragoza (Spain). Licenciatura en Filología Hispánica (BA Hispanic Philology). Prize for most outstanding student.
  • 2007 University Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid (Spain). Masters in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
  • 2011 University of Zaragoza (Spain) PhD. (Doctor Europeus). Cum laude


  • 2007-2011 University of Zaragoza (Spain) PhD. (Doctor Europeus). Fellowship for pre-doctoral research Government of Aragón.
  • 2011-2012 University of Zaragoza. Department of General and Hispanic Linguistics. Researcher and Associate Tutor (General Linguistics).
  • 2012-2018 University of East Anglia. Lecturer in Intercultural Communication with Spanish
  • 2018- University of East Anglia. Senior Lecturer

External Activities

  • Research visit at Summer Linguistic Institute University of California Berkeley (USA).
  • Research visit at the University of Southern Denmark. Fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education for research visits to obtain the Doctor Europeus.
  • Research stay at the University of Southern Denmark. Fellowship “CAI Programa Europa”.
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship. Government of Aragon
  • Prize for most outstanding student in Hispanic Philology. University of Zaragoza.