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Dr Rodrigo Hernaiz Gomez

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Spanish
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • rodrigo.hernaiz-gomez

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer in Spanish at the Open University since 2017.

MA in Humanities, MA in Linguistics and MA in Ancient Languages and Cultures. In 2017, I 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, I have taught Spanish for five years at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany) and I have worked as a FPI researcher at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Barcelona (Spain).



Research interests

My research interests include the use of language corpora and (socio-) historical linguistics to investigate the mechanisms of language variation and change on a broad typological perspective.

Teaching interests

Language diversity and language learning.

Member of the Societas Linguistica Europaea


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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