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Luis López, PhD

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

1820 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2646

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Luis López, PhD


I am a professor of Spanish linguistics. I obtained my PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1995 and I have been affiliated with UIC since 1999. For the past few years my scholarship has focused on pragmatics, which has provided me with the excuse to read fascinating stuff in philosophy of language and philosophy of law. I have published or have in the pipeline some papers on these topics.

Before that, I published extensively on syntactic theory, morphology, and their interfaces with semantics, information structure, and phonology. Within this general framework, I also worked on bilingualism and the rich database that can be found when exploring code-switching - I had in fact the enormous pleasure of directing the Bilingualism Research Laboratory at UIC for many years.

Selected Publications

Forth. ‘The conceptual structure of perjury.’ Law and Philosophy

Forth. “Distributed Morphology and bilingual grammars: Code-switching and mixed languages.” To appear in Alexiadou, Artemis, Ruth Kramer, Alec Marantz and Isabel Oltra-Massuet (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Distributed Morphology. Cambridge University Press.

2023 “The whole truth? On broadening the scope of the federal perjury statutes.” International Journal of Language and Law 12: 8-30.

2023 “Make your mouth agua: Idioms and the integrated lexicon hypothesis.” Borealis 12: 91-121. With Irati de Nicolás, Rodi Laanen, Charlotte Pouw, José Sequeros, M. Carmen Parafita Couto.

2023 * “Assertion and truth default.” Journal of Pragmatics 203: 17-31.

2023 “The ideal speaker-hearer might be bilingual.” In Natascha Pomino, Eva-Maria Remberger & Julia Zwink (eds.) From formal linguistic theory to the art of historical editions: The multifaceted dimensions of Romance linguistics. Vienna, Austria: Vienna University Press (pp 333-346).

Service to Community

Editorial Board:

Current Issues in Multilingualism -

ISOGLOSS Open Journal of Romance Linguistics -

Languages -

Probus: International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics -

Notable Honors

2020, Netherlands Research Council (NWO) Visitors Travel Grant, Leiden University

2012-2013, Fulbright Award, University of Wuppertal, Germany

2016, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin


PhD Linguistics. Cornell University. 1995
BA in Filología. Universitat de Barcelona. 1988