Josep Quer


I am ICREA research professor affiliated with the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra since 2009. I was Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam during the years 2007 and 2008. Before that I had already been ICREA Research Professor from 2002 to 2007, based then at the Department of General Linguistics, University of Barcelona. During this period I  initiated a new line of research in theoretical linguistics of sign languages​​. In collaboration with the Deaf Federation of Catalonia, I led the research group GRIN, which published the first description of the basic grammar of Catalan Sign Language (2005).

PhD in Linguistics in 1998 at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Master of Grammatical Theory at UAB in 1993. Degree in Classics (Greek) at the University of Barcelona (1988). I was a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University (1998) and UAB (1998-2000) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam (2000-2001).

Besides the book Mood at the interface (1998), I have published several articles in international journals such as Language, Cognition, Lingua and Probus, and chapters in collective works such as the Gramàtica del contemporani (dir. J. Solà, 2002) Semàntica (ed. M.T. Espinal, 2002), The Blackwell Companion to Syntax (eds. Everaert et al., 2005) or Sign Languages (ed. D. Brentari 2010). I have (co)edited several volumes and I am co-editor of the journal Sign Language and Linguistics.

I am also vicepresident of Sign Language Linguistics Society and corresponding member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Catalan Academy of Sciences and Humanities), as well as Chair of the COST Action IS 1006 on reference grammars of European sign languages since 2011.