SanG2I am a linguist interested in syntax and phonology. My work relies on cross-linguistic insight, in particular from Mayan languages, Bantu languages, and Spanish. Topics I’ve explored include the identity condition on ellipsis, (optional) agreement, sibilant harmony, linearization, syntactic ergativity,  and information structure. 

I am also committed to language reclamation and documentation. I have worked on projects in these areas in my home country, Guatemala (Xinka, Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil), and California (Rumsen).

Starting on July 1, 2023, I will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. I am currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies Center, mentored by Harold Torrence.

I received my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in 2021, under the direction of Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger. My dissertation “Identity Conditions on Ellipsis” is available here.

The wonderful members of my UMD cohort (collectively known as SMAART) were Sigwan Thivierge, Mina Hirzel, Anouk Dieuleveut, Aaron Doliana, and Tyler Knowlton.

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Contact me:
ranero [at] ucla [dot] edu

I respectfully acknowledge that the Tongva peoples are the traditional caretakers of the land on which UCLA is situated. To learn about whose land you’re on, go here.