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Dr Rodrigo Hernaiz Gomez

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Professional biography

Dr. Rodrigo Hernáiz is a Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics at the Open University.

He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, MA in Humanities, MA in Linguistics, MA in Ancient Languages and master in Assyriology. In 2018, he completed a dissertation on Studies on linguistic and orthographic variation in Old Babylonian letters and was awarded a PhD degree at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany), with magna cum laude distinction.

Before joining the OU, Rodrigo has worked four years as Researcher at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Barcelona (Spain), and taught Spanish courses at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany) and the University of Bedfordshire (UK).



Research interests

Rodrigo's interests focus on diachronic linguistics, language change and typology, encompassing present-day as well as older linguistic landscapes.

His research activities include the use of corpora and the application of comparative linguistic and (historical) sociolinguistic insights to investigate the mechanisms of language variation and change (or the patterns of linguistic stability) with a cross-linguistic perspective.

Teaching interests

Language variation and change, typology and grammatical description.

Member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (The Linguistic Society of Europe).

Member of the International Association of Assyriology.

Member of the Philological Society (PhilSoc).


Studies on linguistic and orthographic variation in Old Babylonian letters (2020-03-01)
Rodrigo, Hernáiz
Alter Orient und Altes Testament
ISBN : 978-3-86835-309-9 | Publisher : Ugarit-Verlag | Published : Münster

Causal clauses as source for sentential complementation: Methodological issues (2019)
Hernáiz, Rodrigo
In : 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) (1-5 Jul 2019, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

Applications of Text Corpora for the Study of Ancient Languages: Akkadian Sociolinguistics (2018)
Hernáiz, Rodrigo
In : Ancient Digital Hu­man­it­ies Work­shop (6 Mar 2018, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland)

From prehistorical language convergence to (early) historical language shift: The Sumero-Akkadian contact scenario (2017)
Hernáiz, Rodrigo
In : DLCE Workshop "Language shift and substratum interference in (pre)history" (11-12 Jul 2017, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Jena, Germany)

Applications of variationist linguistics perspectives in Old Babylonian: The sibilants in the Laws of Hammurabi (2014)
Hernáiz, Rodrigo
In : Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology (25-26 Apr 2014, Wolfson College, Oxford University, UK)

The grammaticalization of manner expressions into complementizers: Insights from Semitic languages
Hernaiz Gomez, Rodrigo
In : The grammaticalization of manner expressions into complementizers (26 Aug - 1 Sep 2020, Bucharest (online))

Language, societies and prestige: royal correspondence in Old Babylonian.
Hernaiz Gomez, Rodrigo
In : 65ᵉ Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (RAI) (8-12 Jul 2019, Collège de France, Paris)