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Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, PhD

Assistant Professor

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

1712 UH

Office Phone:

(312) 996-0925


Director, Multilingual Phonology Laboratory
Editor, Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (John Benjamins)
Associate Editor, Hispania


Major interests:
Acquisition and attrition of phonology and phonetics, third language acquisition, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese phonology and morphosyntax, acquisition and attrition of morphosyntax

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Wrembel, M., & Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2018). Investigating the acquisition of phonology in a third language. Routledge Special Issues as Books (SPIB). London: Routledge.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Flynn. S, & Rothman, J. (2012). Third language acquisition in adulthood. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Journal Articles

  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Campos-Dintrans, G., & Rothman, J. (2017). The role of L1 phonology in L2 morphological production: L2 English past tense production by L1 Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese speakers. Advance online publication. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. doi: 10.1017/S0272263117000122
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2017). The role of prosodic structure in L2 Spanish stop lenition. Second Language Research, 33(2), 233-269.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2017). The role of Portuguese in the study of multilingualism. Hispania,100.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2016). Testing the Phonological Permeability Hypothesis: L3 phonological effects on L1 versus L2 systems. Advance online publication. International Journal of Bilingualism doi:10.1177/1367006916637287
  • Slabakova, R., Cabrelli Amaro, J., & Kang, S. K. (2016). Regular and novel metonymy: Can you curl up with a good Agatha Christie in your second language? Applied Linguistics, 37, 175-197.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., & Wrembel, M. (2016). Advances in the acquisition of third language phonology. Special issue of International Journal of Multilingualism.
  • Slabakova, R., Cabrelli Amaro, J., & Kang, S. K. (2014). Acceptability of regular and novel metonymy in native Korean, Spanish, and English. Metaphor and Symbol, 28(4), 275-293.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2013). Methodological issues in L3 phonological acquisition research. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 6(1), 101-117.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. & Rothman, J. (2010). L3 acquisition and phonological permeability: A new test case for debates on the mental representation of non-native phonological systems. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Teaching, IRAL, 48(2/3), 273-294.
  • Rothman, J. & Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2010). What variables condition syntactic transfer?: A look at the L3 initial state.  Second Language Research, 26(2), 189-218.

Book Chapters

  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., & Iverson, M. (in press, 2018). Third language acquisition. In K. Geeslin (Ed.), The handbook of Spanish linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Iverson, M., Giancaspro, D., & Halloran, B. (in press, 2018). The roles of the L1 and L2 in L3 development. In K. V. Molsing, C. Becker Lopes Perna, & A. M. Tramunt Ibaños (Eds.), Linguistic approaches to Portuguese as an additional language. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2017). Regressive transfer in L3 syntactic development. In A. Hahn & T. Angelovska (Eds.), L3 syntactic transfer: Models, new developments and implications (pp. 173-194). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Amaro, F., & Rothman, J. (2015). The relationship between L3 transfer and structural similarity across development: The case of raising across an experiencer. In H. Peukert (Ed.), Transfer effects in multilingual language development (pp. 21-52). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Rothman, J., Cabrelli Amaro, J., & De Bot, K. (2013). Third language acquisition. In J. Herschensohn & M. Young-Scholten (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of second language acquisition (pp. 372-393). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2012). L3 phonology: An understudied domain. In J. Cabrelli Amaro, S. Flynn, & J. Rothman (Eds.), Third language acquisition in adulthood (pp. 33-60). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Flynn, S., & Rothman, J. (2012). Third language acquisition in adulthood. In J. Cabrelli Amaro, S. Flynn, & J. Rothman (Eds.), Third language acquisition in adulthood (pp. 1-6). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Cabrelli Amaro, J., Iverson, M., & Judy, T. (2009). N-drop at the L3 initial state and its relationship to the L2 steady state. In A. Pires & J. Rothman (Eds.), Minimalist inquiries into child and adult language acquisition: Case studies across Portuguese(pp.177-198). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Notable Honors

2017-2018, Grant Support Program, UIC Office of Social Science Research

2014, Small Research Grant, United States Air Force Academy

2011-2013, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (BCS #1132289), National Science Foundation

2013, Nutter Dissertation Fellowship, University of Florida


PhD, University of Florida