Personal profile


I am a PhD student at the University of Roehampton, funded by the AHRC/UKRI TECHNÉ studentship. My research focuses on the use and interpretation of taboo words in communication from a semantic and pragmatic perspective.

I am also a lecturer in Spanish at King's College London (MLC), where I teach several modules of Spanish as a foreign language at all levels. 

Previously, I have worked as a lecturer in Translation in the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid and as a Spanish teacher in Vrije Universiteit Brussels and in University of Roehampton (London).

Research interests

Linguistics, Pragmatics and Semantics, Spanish L2 Acquisition, Translation

Research projects

Current projects:

The Semantics and Pragmatics of Taboo Words.

PhD thesis funded by the AHRC/UKRI TECHNÉ studentship

Supervised by Prof. Mark Jary · Dr. Eva Eppler · Dr. Evi Sifaki

Published works:

Vande Casteele, A., & Palomares Ortiz, A. (2020). An exploratory study on pro-drop in a written description task in L2 Spanish, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching. (

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, MA, Pro-drop in the Interlanguage French-Spanish, Vrije Universiteit Brussels


Translation and Interpreting (English- French), BA (Hons), Cultural Humour in Dubbing, Universidad Complutense de Madrid


External positions

Spanish teacher, King's College London


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Taboo
  • Swearing
  • Swearwords
  • Spanish L2
  • Spanish
  • Translation
  • Spanish teaching
  • L2 Acquisition