Professor of Hispanic linguistics
Director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory
Professor López training was in theoretical linguistics, especially syntax and morphology, within a broad generative framework. While maintaining this broad interest, he is also working on code-switching as a laboratory for linguistic theory and the theory of bilingual grammar generally. Fruit of this project is the monograph Bilingual Grammar, with Cambridge University Press.
Recently, he was involved in a collaborative project with Jeanne Heil (University of Southern Maine) on the Poverty of Stimulus Hypothesis in second language acquisition. With his co-author Daniel Vergara (Auburn University) he studied negative dependencies in Spanish/Basque code-switching. With co-authors Hans Stadthagen (U of Mississipi) and Carmen Parafita (Leiden), they argued for the applicability of Thurstone’s law to acceptability judgments in code-switching and in monolingual data.
His research centers on understanding cross-linguistic properties of morphosyntax by taking advantage of the distinctive properties of linguistic systems with two or more languages, i.e. those of bilingual speakers. He mostly focuses on early and simultaneous bilinguals, although he also looks at late bilinguals, i.e. second language (L2) learners. His research interests include the morphosyntax of wh-questions, contrasts in acquisition by L2 learners and heritage speakers, formal approaches to heritage language, and methodology in experimental code-switching research.
Jose’s interests include the interface between grammar and pragmatics, both 1) its theoretical aspects, and 2) its implications for bilingualism. Specifically, Jose is interested in the interaction between information structure and syntax, and between information structure and intonation. He is currently investigating the interface among those three sub-systems using Spanish left dislocations as his test case.
Irati de Nicolas
Irati is interested in bilingualism, code switching and syntax. Specifically, she is interested in code switching between nouns and adjectives in Basque/ Spanish code switched DPs, nominalizations in Basque and case assignment in Basque. Irati graduated from the University of Deusto (Spain) and she completed her M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics at UIC.
Ph.D. Student of Hispanic Linguistics
Adam’s research interests include syntax, bilingualism, and code switching. Adam is also interested in exploring language shift patterns among second and third generation Spanish speakers and how that relates to syntax. Previous research has focused on the syntax of clitics in Spanish. Adam completed a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and completed his M.A. in Linguistics also at NEIU.
Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rodrigo is interested in Spanish gender in the determiner phrase among Spanish – English bilinguals. His work uses experimental methods such as acceptability judgment tasks and naming tasks, while taking code-switched Spanish – English determiner phrases as a test case (e.g., La table, the mesa).
Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
Cecilia is a Linguistics PhD student at the University of Michigan. She is interested in Spanish-English bilingualism, the syntax-semantics interface and research methodologies. Cecilia is particularly interested in investigating Spanish-English heritage speakers in the Chicagoland area. Her research includes quantification, ellipsis, code-switching, language dominance and language attitudes. Cecilia received her B.A in Teaching of Spanish and M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she taught Heritage Spanish, Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish Linguistics.
Graduate Student Alumni
Rodrigo Delgado, PhD.
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sara Stefanich, PhD.
Lecturer in Spanish, Northwestern University
Dr. Stefanich’s website
Ariane Sande, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Spanish, University of Limerick
Dr. Sande’s website
Daniel Vergara, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Dr. Vergara’s website
Jeanne Heil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Southern Maine
Dr. Heil’s website
Shane Ebert, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Scholar, UIC
Dr. Ebert’s website
Bryan Koronkiewicz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics, The University of Alabama
Spanish Language Program Director, The University of Alabama
Laura Bartlett, Ph.D.
Bradley Hoot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, DePaul University
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