Professor Iggy Roca

Emeritus Professor
Department of Language and Linguistics
Professor Iggy Roca
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    +44 (0) 1206 872187

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    4.201, Colchester Campus



He holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Romance Philology, and postgraduate qualifications in Linguistics. His main research activity lies in the areas of phonology and morphology, and he has published a number of papers dealing with such matters as stress, syllables and grammatical gender. He is author of Generative Phonology (Routledge 1994), co-author of Foundations of General Linguistics (Unwin Hyman 1988), and editor of Logical Issues in Language Acquisition (Foris 1990), and Thematic Structure: Its role in Grammar (Foris 1992). He has spent several periods as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently a member of an international team investigating the typology of European languages, sponsored by the European Science Foundation.


  • Lic. en. Der. Santiago, Lic. en Fil. Rom. Barcelona,

  • MA Essex,

  • PhD Essex,

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Mohamed Fathy Khalifa
Mohamed Fathy Khalifa
Thesis title: A Contrasive Metrical Analysis of Word Main Stress in English and Cairene Colloquial Arabic with Reference to L2 English Learning.
Degree subject: Linguistics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 10/3/2015


Journal articles (2)

Roca, I., (2010). Theme vowel allomorphy in Spanish verb inflection: An autosegmental optimality account. Lingua. 120 (2), 408-434

Roca, I., (2009). Todas las vascas son vascos, y muchos vascos también vascas. Género y sexo en el castellano. Bolet�n de la Real Academia Espa�ola. 89 (299), 77-117

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4.201, Colchester Campus