alberto galván-santana, MA


Second-year PhD student in Linguistics and Literary Studies  at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain). In 2011, he earned a BA and MA in German Studies from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). In 2014, he completed an MA in German as a foreign language at Universität Leipzig (Germany). Since 2016 he holds an MA in Education from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), which  qualifies him to teach in secondary and higher education institutions.


His main research interests include the study of grammar models as communicative channels of cognitive frameworks and knowledge structures serving to apprehend and guide ourselves in the external reality. Within linguistics research, particularly within Colonial and Missionary Studies, he focuses on (i) the release of grammaticalization processes, and (ii) the displacements in grammar categories in an attempt to adapt endogenous linguistic structures to exogenous grammar concepts.


His current research projects investigate the connection between usage-based approaches in Cognitive Linguistics and Lexicography with regards to  acquisition and processing of linguistic structures. In particular, they delve into the additional cognitive potential of lexicographic structures contained in dictionaries for second-language learners, and how they implicitly activate grammatical knowledge in users. He is currently working on a paper that explores lexicographic communication models from a constructivist perspective within language acquisition.