Lecturer of Spanish Modern Languages & Literatures

Matthew L. Maddox, Ph.D., Spanish Lecturer, currently teaches Spanish linguistics courses. He is a native Nebraskan, born and raised in Sidney. He completed is B.A. in Latin and Classics and his M.A. in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2019, he finished his Ph.D. in Spanish with concentrations in Medieval Studies and Romance Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His dissertation, Cycles of Agreement: Romance Clitics in Diachrony, is a study of the historical development of subject, object, reflexive, and impersonal clitics from Latin to modern varieties of Romance such as French and Spanish.  
Dr. Maddox’s area of specialization is formal diachronic syntax, focusing on Spanish and Romance languages. For more information on his research, publications, and presentations, click the link to his personal website: www.matthewmaddox.org.


  • 2021. Accusative Clitics, Null Objects, and the Object Agreement Cycle: Microvariation in Spanish and Romance. Journal of Historical Syntax 5:1-56. https://doi.org/10.18148/hs/2021.v5i16-25.75
  • 2021. The Development of Se from Latin to Spanish and the Reflexive Object Cycle.
    In Grant Armstrong & Jonathan E. MacDonald (eds.), 
    Unraveling the Complexity of the SE Clitic, p. 33-56. Springer Press. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030570033

  • 2021. Cyclic Interaction: Null Subjects and Reflexive Constructions (with Jonathan E. MacDonald). In Sam Wolfe & Christine Meklenborg Salvesen (eds.), Continuity and Variation in Germanic and Romance, p. 137-164. Oxford: UP. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/continuity-and-variation-in-germanic-and- romance-9780198841166?lang=en&cc=ie#

  • 2018. Passive Se in Romanian and Spanish: A Subject Cycle.  Journal of Linguistics 54:389-427 (with Jonathan E. MacDonald).
  • 2018. Licensing Conditions on Null Generic Subjects in Spanish.  In L. Repetti & F. Ordóñez (eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory, p. 185-199.  Amsterdam: John        Benjamins.
  • 2017.  The Syntactic Structure of Liturgical Ladino: Construct State Nominals, Multiple Determiners, and Verbless Sentences.  In M. Saul & J.I. Hualde (eds.), Sepharad as Imagined Community, p. 87-106.  Brussels: Peter Lang.
  • 2016. An Argument from Brazilian Portuguese for a Syntactically Projected Implicit Argument. In Christopher Hammerly & Brandon Prickett (eds.), NELS 46: Proceedings of the Forty- Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, p. 307-316.  Amherst: Graduate Linguistics Student Association (with Jonathan E. MacDonald & Janayna Carvalho).
Manuscripts in Preparation
  • The Role of Null Subjects in the Development of Se Constructions in Romance (with Jonathan E. MacDonald & Grace Moran). 
  • The Development of Se from Latin to Spanish and the Reflexive Object Cycle.
Unpublished Manuscript
  • Register Variation and Anglo-Norman Syntax in MS Harley 2253: Null Subjects, Generic Subjects, and V2 Word Order.