QLVL members - Jeroen Claes


Jeroen Claes (°1986) studied Spanish literature and linguistics at the University of Antwerp and the University of Puerto Rico. In 2014, he got his PhD degree in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Antwerp for a dissertation about the cognitive and social factors that condition agreement variation with presentational haber in Caribbean Spanish. Jeroen joined KU Leuven and QLVL in October 2015.



E-mail: jeroen.claes@kuleuven.be
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.12 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



Jeroen's current research focuses on the variable absence/presence of subject personal pronouns in Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Peninsular, and Puerto Rican Spanish. By studying this alternation, he explores how applying the analytical tools provided by Cognitive (Socio)Linguistics to this showcase variable of Hispanic sociolinguistics may lead to a psychologically adequate theory of the constraints that govern morphosyntactic variation in general.

Representative publications

Claes, J. (2015). "Competing constructions: The pluralization of presentational haber in Dominican Spanish." Cognitive Linguistics, 26 (1), 1-30. [DOI]

Claes, J. (2014). "A Cognitive Construction Grammar approach to the pluralization of presentational haber in Puerto Rican Spanish." Language Variation and Change, 26 (2), 219-246. [DOI]

Claes, J. (2011). "¿Constituyen las Antillas y el Caribe continental una sola zona dialectal? Datos de la variable expresión del sujeto pronominal en San Juan de Puerto Rico y Barranquilla, Colombia" [Do the Antilles and the continental Caribbean constitute one dialect area? Data from the variable expression of subject personal pronouns in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Barranquilla, Colombia]. Spanish in Context, 8 (2), 191-212. [DOI]