Luis López

Luis López

Professor of Hispanic linguistics
Director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory


Dr. López’s website 

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.

He is currently pursuing his interest in code-switching in three separate collaborative projects involving Carmen Parafita and her students in Leiden together with Irati de Nicolás and José Sequeros. These projects involve dependencies in code-switching, bare nouns and idiom interpretation.


Shane Ebert

Post-doctoral Scholar


Dr. Ebert’s website 

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 Sequeros-Valle

Post-doctoral Scholar


Jose’s website 

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

Post-doctoral Scholar


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.


Adam Cleveland

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.

Extramural Members


Rodrigo Delgado

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).


Cecilia Solís-Barroso

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

Dr. Koronkiewicz’s website & Academia page

Laura Bartlett, Ph.D.


Bradley Hoot, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, DePaul University

Dr. Hoot’s website & Academia page

Affiliate Members

John Archibald University of Victoria
Karlos ArregiUniversity of Chicago
Daniel BüringUniversity of Wien
Jennifer Cabrelli-AmaroUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
José Camacho University of Illinois at Chicago
Katja CantoneUniversity of Duisburg-Essen
Marcel Den Dikken Eötvös Loránd University & Research Institute for Linguistics
Paola Dussias Penn State University
Ingo FeldhausenGoethe University - Frankfurt
Anastasia Giannakidou
University of Chicago
Kleanthes GrohmanUniversity of Cyprus
Jill JegerskiUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mary Kato University of Campinas
Juana Liceras University of Ottawa
Jeff MacSwan University of Maryland
Viorica Marian Northwestern University
Catherine M. Mazak
University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Kara McAlisterArizona State University
Silvina Montrul University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kara Morgan-ShortUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Natascha Müller University of Wuppertal
Rafael Núñez-Cedeño University of Illinois at Chicago
Daniel Olson Purdue University
Maricarmen Parafita University of Leiden
Sunny Park-Johnson DePaul University
Kim Potowski University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael Putnam Penn State University
Uli Reich Freie Universität Berlin
Rosita L. Rivera University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Susanne Rott University of Illinois at Chicago
Ludovica Serratrice
University of Reading
Cecilia Solís-BarrosoUniversity of Michigan
Antonella SoraceUniversity of Edinburgh
Hans Stadthagen-GonzálezUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Jacqueline ToribioUniversity of Texas at Austin
Ondene Van Dulm Stellenbosch University
Xavier Villalba Autonomous University of Barcelona
Patrick Wong Chinese University of Hong Kong