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Luis López, PhD


Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

1820 UH

Office Phone Voice:

(312) 413-2646


Major Interests
Syntactic theory, including syntactic interfaces with other linguistic modules. Romance linguistics. Theory-driven empirical research in code-switching.

Selected Publications

2012 – Indefinite Objects. Scrambling, Choice Functions and Differential Marking. Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 63. MIT Press.
2009 – A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure.
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 23, Oxford University Press.
2007 – Locality and the Architecture of Syntactic Dependencies.
London: Palgrave-MacMillan.

Articles and Book Chapters

Forth. “Case and the event structure of nominalizations” To appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

Forth. “Obliteration after vocabulary insertion.” In Carmen Parafita and Antje Muntendam (eds) Multidisciplinary approaches to bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world. With Daniel Vergara.

Forth. “Comments on data and the input to GEN.” In Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. [Commentary on Goldrich, Putnam and Swarts target article]

2016 “Dislocation and Information Structure.” In Caroline Féry and Shin Ishihara (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure. Oxford, UK: OUP, pp 402-421.

2016 “(In)definiteness, specificity and differential object marking in Romance.” In Susann Fischer and Christoph Gabriel (eds) Manual of Grammatical Interfaces in Romance. Berlin: De Gruter, pp 241-265.

2016 “Little v and cross-linguistic variation: Evidence from Code-Switching and Suriname Creoles.” In Bidese, Ermenegildo, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni (eds.)Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation [LA 234]. Pp 317- 336. With Tonjes Veenstra.

2016 “La estructura de la información: la oración en su contexto” Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed) Enciclopedia lingüística hispánica. London: Routledge, pp 574-583.

2016 “Caso abstracto y dependencias sintácticas.” In Angel Gallego (ed)Perspectivas de sintaxis formal. Madrid: Akal, pp 141-168.

2015 – “Parallel computation in word formation.” Linguistic Inquiry 46(4): 657-701.

2013 – “Wh-Movement”. In Silvia Luraghi and Claudia Parodi (eds) Bloomsbury Companion to Syntax. New York: Bloomsbury, pp 311-324.

2012 – “Little v and Parametric Variation”. To appear in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Vol 30.1. With Kay González-Vilbazo.

2012 – “Movimiento A-bar”. Angel Gallego and José María Brucart (eds) El movimiento de constituyentes. Madrid: Visor.

2011 – “Some properties of light verbs in code-switching”. Lingua 121, 5: 832-850. With Kay González-Vilbazo.

2010 – “Givenness and Discourse Anaphors”. In Carsten Breul and Edward Göbbel (eds) Contrastive Information Structure. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benajamins. pp 51-76.

2009 – “Ranking the Linear Correspondence Axiom”. Linguistic Inquiry 40(2): 239-278.

Notable Honors

May 2016-Aug 2016, Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. Guest researcher at Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin., Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Sept 2012 - Feb 2013, Fulbright Award. Research stay at University of Wuppertal, Germany, United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

May 2009-August 2009, Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. Guest researcher at Freie Universität Berlin., Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Jan 2005-May 2006, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship. Guest researcher at Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin., Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


PhD, Cornell University