Antxon Olarrea

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Antxon Olarrea is a Spanish syntactician and a professor of linguistics within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. He is the author of several books and articles on theoretical linguistics and Spanish morphology and syntax. He also has a solid career as an educator and is the recipient of numerous national teaching awards in Linguistics.


Olarrea holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington. Currently, he holds the title of Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona and is also a member of the faculty of the Department of Linguistics, the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies. His research interests include formal studies of Spanish syntax, and the biological origins of language.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, Olarrea taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[1]


  • Hualde, José Ignacio; Antxon Olarrea; Anna María Escobar (2001). Introducción a la lingüística hispánica. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-80314-4. 
  • Olarrea, Antxon (2004). Orígenes del lenguaje y selección natural. Madrid: Editorial Sirius. ISBN 978-84-95495-57-0. 
  • Colina, Sonia; Antxon Olarrea; Ana M. Carvalho (2009). Romance Linguistics. Cambridge: John Benjamins. ISBN 978-90-272-4833-6. 
  • Hualde, José Ignacio; Antxon Olarrea; Anna María Escobar; Catherine Travis (2010). Introducción a la lingüística hispánica, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-51398-2. 
  • Hualde, José Ignacio; Antxon Olarrea; Erin O'Rourke (2012). The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-9882-0. 


  1. ^ "Faculty Detail Page : Spanish and Portuguese". The University of Arizona. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2009.