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Liliana Sanchez
Director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory
Professor of Hispanic linguistics

Dr. Sanchez’s interests are bilingual, heritage and comparative syntax. In bilingual syntax, her current work focuses on cross-linguistic influence across language components especially syntax, morphology and informational structure (Spanish in contact with Quechua, Shipibo, Ashaninka, and English). Her work on heritage bilingualism focuses on modeling processes of divergent access to heritage grammars. In comparative syntax, she works on the interface between informational structure and morphosyntax (Spanish, Quechua). She is currently Co-PI with Dr. Elena Koulidobrova in an NSF-funded project on how information on COVID-19 has reached minoritized populations.

Dr. Sanchez on Researchgate

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Megan Marshall
PhD Student

Megan Marshall is a doctoral student in the department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UIC. Her research focus is on child bilingual language development, dual language instruction, heritage language maintenance and critical language pedagogy. She currently teaches in the Heritage Language Program at UIC. Previous to her time at UIC she spent 9 years running a small business, Lango Chicago, that provided immersion language programs and curriculum for young children.


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Adam Cleveland
PhD Student

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.


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Jefferson Imbaquingo
PhD Student

Jeff’s research interests are intercultural bilingual education, language contact, linguistic panorama and revitalization of Indigenous languages. He is a member of the research program Oralidad Modernidad, working for the linguistic revitalization of Ecuador’s 14 indigenous languages. In his past work, he promoted culturally appropriate materials and linguistic documentation.


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Rosela Romero
MA Student

Rosela’s research interests are sociolinguistics, bilingualism and language contact, language and identity and lavender linguistics. She completed a BA in Linguistic Anthropology at the Universidad Veracruzana (Veracruz, Mexico).


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Marina Sokolova
Visiting Researcher

Marina holds a PhD in Non-Native Language Processing from the University of Southampton, UK (2020), as well as a PhD in English Literature from Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (2011). Marina studied a MA in Second Language Studies at the Indiana University, USA (2017) and another MA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (2002). Marina’s research interests focus in psycholinguistics: language processing, parsing algorithms in native and non-native languages, bilingualism and multilingualism, second and third language acquisition.


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Gabriel Martinez Vera
Visiting Researcher

Gabriel is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Romance Languages and Literatures at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut. His research interests lie in morpho-syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as their interfaces and bilingualism. His research has focused on Romance and Andean languages.

Dr. Martinez’s website

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Shane Ebert
Post-doctoral Scholar

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.

Dr. Ebert on Academia

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