Lourdes Barquín Sanmartín


  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



50 George Square

Post code


  • As a response to COVID-19, there are times when I will be working on campus and others where I will be working remotely. It’s best to use email, or Microsoft Teams within the University of Edinburgh, if you need to contact me.


  • PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh (First Year)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad Europea del Atlántico 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, The University of Chester 
  • BA (Hons) in Translation and Interpretation, The University of the Basque Country

Undergraduate teaching

  • Year Abroad Online Language Learning Course

Research summary

My research interests cover a wide range of areas within linguistics such as first and second language acquisition, third language acquisition, cross-linguistic interference, the role of the mother tongue and previously learned languages in cross-linguistic interferences, morphosyntactic transfers, language proximity in transfers, differences in language acquisition between monolinguals and multilinguals, and differences between child and adult second language acquisition. 

I have a particular interest in cross-linguistic interferences in second and third language acquisition as learners' errors can provide with invaluable information about their mental and cognitive processing of the target language. On the grounds of applied linguistics, I believe that the learner's linguistic background (i.e. their mother tongue as well as any other previously learned languages) plays a decisive role in language acquisition and must be accounted for when designing a lesson plan or defining a teaching methodology.

At the present moment, my PhD research is centered around the acquisition of Spanish in English-speaking contexts and, in particular, the acquisition of new grammatical domains that do not exist in the English grammar, such as the null subject pronouns, subjunctive mode and the use of the preterits. My thesis puts special emphasis on the acquisition of these grammatical domains in multilingual contexts where the learner has access to both their mother tongue and their L2s as potential sources for interferences. 

My PhD research will be conducted on university students of intermediate-advanced levels. Nevertheless, this study will prove to be of great interest in secondary education, particularly in those countries where the study of more than one foreign language is encouraged or compulsory, such as the Scottish 1+2 policy on Foreign Language Learning.