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. After his studies in Linguistics, Rodrigo undertook specialized training in Linguistic Typology and in Historical Sociolinguistics. 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 language courses at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany) and the University of Bedfordshire (UK).
Rodrigo's interests focus on typology, diachronic linguistics, language evolution and language change, encompassing present-day as well as older linguistic landscapes.
His research activities include the use of corpora and the application of comparative and sociolinguistic insights to investigate linguistic diversity and the mechanisms of language variation and diversitfication (or the patterns of linguistic stability) with a cross-linguistic perspective. Some of his most recent work also deal with grammaticalization and historical syntax.
Rodrigo has also worked extensively with quantitative and historical-sociolinguistic methods to analyse the evolution and variation of the Akkadian language. He built the ACCOB corpus (Annotated Corpus of Correspondence in Old Babylonian), a corpus of ca.1800 letters annotated for bespoke grammatical features with extralinguistic metadata.
Linguistic diversity, language variation and change, typology and grammatical description.
For language teaching, Rodrigo has worked (or is working) in the production of the following courses/modules:
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)
Alter Orient und Altes Testament
ISBN : 978-3-86835-309-9 | Publisher : Ugarit-Verlag | Published : Münster
Morphological variation in the Old Babylonian stative paradigm (2021-05)
In: Feliu, Lluís; Millet, Adelina and Vidal, Jordi eds. Fs del Olmo Lete. «Sentido de un empeño». Homenatge a Gregorio del Olmo Lete (pp. 235-248)
ISBN : 978-84-9168-362-9 | Publisher : Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona | Published : Barcelona
A Variationist Approach to Orthographic and Phonological Peculiarities of the Language in the Laws of Hammurabi (2021)
In: De Graef, Katrien and Goddeeris, Anne eds. Law and (Dis)Order in the Ancient Near East. Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (pp. 117-135)
Publisher : Penn State University Press
Causal clauses as source for sentential complementation: Methodological issues (2019)
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)
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)
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)
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)