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Luis López, PhD

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Spring 2021)

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

1820 UH

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2646


Professor López's main interest is general linguistic theory with special concentrations on syntax, morphology and information structure. For the last few years he has focused on the study of code-switching and bilingual linguistic structure more generally. He also maintains a secondary interest in the connection between linguistic theory, philosophy of language and the law. Professor López has been the recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Commission and NWO (Dutch Research Council).

Selected Publications

‘Bilingual Grammar: An Integrated Approach.’ Cambridge University Press. 2020

‘Did George Bronston Commit Perjury? A Study in Discourse Semantics.’ Journal of Language and the Law. Forthcoming 2020.

‘Acquisition Without Evidence: English Infinitives.’ Second Language Research. With Jeanne Heil (University of Southern Maine). Forthcoming 2020.

‘Code Switching: Experimental Answers to Theoretical Questions. In Honor of Kay González-Vilbazo.’ Luis López, editor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2018.

‘Thurstone’s Law and Acceptability Judgments: Examining the Adjacency Condition in Spanish/English Code-switched Sentences.’ With Carmen Parafita (Leiden), Hans Stadthagen (first author, Southern Mississippi) and Alejandro Párraga (UAB). Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 8(1): 67-97. 2018

‘Case and the Event Structure of Nominalizations.’ Linguistic Inquiry 49(1): 85-121. 2018

‘Shifting Animacy: Non-binary Options.’ A Commentary on De Hoop and Swart’s ‘Shifting Animacy.’ Theoretical Linguistics 44(1-2): 41-46. 2018

‘Obliteration after Vocabulary Insertion.’ In K. Bellamy, M. Child, P. González, A. Muntendam, & M.C. Parafita Couto (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Approaches to Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. With Daniel Vergara (Auburn University). Pp 261-282. 2017

‘Code-switching by Phase.’ With Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University Berlin) and Tonjes Veenstra (Leipzig-ZAS). Languages 2(9) 1-17. doi:10.3390/languages2030009

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


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