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Liliana E. Sánchez, Ph.D.


Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: Ella/La


Building & Room:

UH 1713

Office Phone:

(312) 355-8068

Drop-In Hours and Classes - Spring 2024
Monday 02:00pm – 03:00pm Drop-In Hours
Tuesday 09:30am – 11:45am LING 260
02:00pm – 03:00pm Drop-In Hours
Thursday 09:30am – 11:45am LING 260
02:00pm – 04:30pm SPAN 507


My research interests are bilingual, heritage and comparative syntax. In bilingual syntax, my current work focuses on crosslinguistic influence across language components especially syntax, morphology and informational structure (Spanish in contact with Quechua, Shipibo, Ashaninka, Korean and English). My work on heritage bilingualism focuses on modelling processes of differential access to heritage grammars. In comparative syntax, I work on the interface between informational structure and morphosyntax (Spanish, Quechua). Recently, I have also done collaborative work with academic and community researchers on indigenous languages, access to health information, and language documentation.

Selected Grants

National Science Foundation. 2020-2021., RAPID Collaborative: Relevance of linguistic and cross-cultural appropriateness in communication during the pandemic. (, Co-PI with Helen Koulidobrova

National Science Foundation. 2014-2015., Workshop: Bilingual Morphology at the crossroads - New directions in the study of word structure., Co-PI collaborative with J. Camacho, N. Sagarra, and J. Austin.

Selected Publications

Martínez Vera, G., López Otero, J. C., Sokolova, M. Y., Cleveland, A., Marshall, M. T., & Sánchez, L. (2023). Aspectual se and Telicity in Heritage Spanish Bilinguals: The Effects of Lexical Access, Dominance, Age of Acquisition, and Patterns of Language Use. Languages, 8(3), 201.

Sánchez, L., Camacho, J., Mayer, E., and C. Rodriguez. 2023. The ‘Big DP’ Hypothesis: Evidence from Gender Agreement in a Language Contact situation. Catalan Journal of Linguistics 22, 127-148.

Sánchez, L. and H. Koulidobrova. 2023. Mythbusters and Indigenous Perceptions of COVID-19. Ampersand.

Sánchez, L., M. Goldin, E. Hur, J.C. López Otero, P. Thane, J. Austin, J. Markovits. 2023. Dominance, Language Experience, and Increased Interaction Effects on the Development of Pragmatic Knowledge in Heritage Bilingual Children: Acceptance of Null and Overt Subjects in Spanish and English. Heritage Language Journal. Brill.

Amaral, L. and L. Sánchez. 2023. Commentary to The dynamics of bilingualism in language shift ecologies in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

Mayer, E. and L. Sánchez. 2023. Feature Selection in Clitic Expression in Two Bilingual Amazonian Spanish Varieties. Spanish Diversity in the Amazon. M. Jara., R. Zariquiey, P. Valenzuela, A.M. Escobar (Eds.).Amsterdam: Brill. 251-279.

Shin, N., Cuza, A., & Sánchez, L. (2022). Clitics in Spanish-English Heritage Bilingual
children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 1-13.

Sánchez, L., Camacho, J., Mayer, E., and C. Rodriguez. 2022. Gender Agreement in A Language Contact Situation. Languages, 7(2):81.

Sánchez, L. 2022. Is Quechua II a pluricentric language family? Pluricentric languages in different theoretical and educational contexts. Rudolf Muhr, Eugenia Duarte, Cilene Rodrigues, Juan Thomas (eds.) Graz/Berlin, PCL-Press. 31-46.

Cuza, A. and L. Sánchez. 2022. Gender expression in child and adult heritage speakers of Spanish: Moving beyond the source of differences. Ayoun, D. (ed). The Acquisition of Gender. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 71-94.

Giancaspro, D. and L. Sánchez. 2021. Inalienable possession in heritage speakers of Spanish. Glossa. 6(1), 31. DOI:

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

Comunidad de Lingüistas. Member of support group for indigenous peoples.

Member of Bilingualism Matters Chicago. Childhood Bilingualism Workgroup.

Professional Leadership

Media Resource, Linguistic Society of America

Editorial Board Member, Isogloss

Notable Honors

2017, Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award, Rutgers University

2016-2017, Research School of Humanities & the Arts External Visitor Support Fund, Australian National University

July-December 2012, Franklin Pease-Yrigoyen Visiting Professor Fellowship, Department of Humanities, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru


Ph.D., Linguistics. University of Southern California, 1996

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina

Selected Presentations

Selected recent presentations

Keynotes and invited talks

  • 2022. Discourse connectors and evidential markers: Structuring discourse in Quechua-Spanish contact bilingualism. Evidentiality Strategies in Romance Languages. Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain. October 26th.
  • 2022. Andean and Amazonian Spanish: Macro-contact with Indigenous Languages. Linguistic Symposium in Romance Languages. U. Wisconsin. April 22-23
  • 2021. Differential Object Marking and Clitic Doubling in Spanish across the contact continuum. Goethe Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany. January 25.
  • 2021. Individual variability and the challenges of formalizing Heritage speakers’ syntax. Invited address. Heritage Language Syntax 2. University of Utrecht. December 15.
  • 2021. Structured variation, cross-linguistic influence, and language experience in heritage bilingualism: Evidence from clitic pronoun production, comprehension, and processing. AcqVA Aurora. University of the Artic, Norway. December 14. In collaboration with Naomi Shin, Alejandro Cuza.
  • 2021. Conversatorio sobre enseñanza de segundas lenguas. Equipo regional de L2-Gerencia Regional de Educación (GEREDU), Cusco, Perú. October 20.
  • 2021. The challenges of formalizing Heritage speakers’ syntax: The role of individual variability. Universidade de Brasilia. September 14-15.
  • 2021. The interface between syntax and information structure in Quechua: challenges and opportunities. Universidade de Brasilia. September 14-15.
  • 2021. Convergencias entre la Ley de Lenguas, la Política Nacional de Lenguas y la Política de EIB. Invited class presentation at the Intercultural Bilingual Education Masters Program at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. June 26th.
  • 2021. Heritage Language Challenges: Understanding Variability and Promoting Revitalization. Panel. 8th SSHL. CUNY. May 13th.


  • 2023. How long does it take to name a picture? The effects of extralinguistic variables on lexical retrieval among Spanish Heritage speakers. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Brigham Young University. Salt Lake City. October 12-14. With Julio César López Otero, Rosela Romero, Jess Ward, and Carmen Thom.
  • 2023. Las lenguas de acceso a la información sobre el COVID en Quechua y Shipibo en Perú y en Kichwa en Ecuador. September 12-15. Pontifical University of Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador. With Helen Koulidobrova, Rosa Guamán, Jeff Imbaquingo, Fernando Ortega, Marleen Haboud.
  • 2023. Aspectual se in Heritage Spanish Bilinguals. Heritage Languages at the crossroads. Istanbul Medeniyet University. Istanbul, Turkey. May 29th-30th With Gabriel Martinez Vera, Marina Sokolova, Megan Marshall, Adam Cleveland.
  • 2023. Multilingualism and COVID readiness in Indigenous communities of Peru. International Symposium on Bilingualism 14. Macquarie University, Australia. With Helen Koulidobrova.
  • 2023. Linguistic Attitudes towards Shipibo-Konibo in urban and rural environments. International Symposium on Bilingualism 14. Macquarie University, Australia. WithL Elisabeth Mayer José Camacho Carolina Rodriguez Alzza
  • 2023. Language rights and multilingualism of Indigenous migrant children. Spanish Linguistics in the Southeast Conference. February 25th. With Rosela Romero.
  • 2023. The language of ‘access’ to COVID information in Quechua and Shipibo communities in Peru. Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas. January 22. With Elena Koulidobrova.
  • 2021. The Big DP Hypothesis. Coloquio de Gramática Generativa. Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. July 2nd. With J. Camacho, E. Mayer, and C Rodriguez Alzza.
  • 2021. Evidential/focus markers and discourse connectors in Southern Quechua: Effects of age of acquisition, first language status, and patterns of language use. International Pragmatics Association. June 29th. With L. Andrade Ciudad, R. Gonzalo Segura.
  • 2021. Indigenous communities in multilingual countries in the time of the pandemic...messages (not) received: Quechua and Shipibo in rural Peru. Conference on Multilingualism (COM). June 23-25, University of Konstanz. With H. Koulidobrova.
  • 2020. The ‘Big DP’ Hypothesis and Gender Agreement: Evidence from Bilingual Acquisition in a Contact situation. Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. April. With J. Camacho, E. Mayer, and C Rodriguez Alzza.
  • 2020. Lexical Frequency Effects on gender agreement among Spanish Heritage Speakers. Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. With. E. Hur and J. López Otero

Research Currently in Progress

Research projects

  • 2023-present . Co-PI. The need for research-based assessments for multilingual learners in dual-language programs. Collaborative with Prof. Michele Goldin (PI), Prof. Jennifer Austin (co-PI), Prof. Esther Hur (co-PI), Prof.Julio Lopez Otero (co-PI), Prof. Abril Jiménez (co-PI), Patrick Thane, Ph.D. (co-PI). Funded by William T Grant Foundation through Touro University
  • 2023-present. Lexical access in heritage bilingulas. Collaborative with Jess Ward, and Rosela Romero.
  • 2021-present. Differential Object Marking in heritage speakers. Collaborative project with Cole Callen.
  • 2020-present. Relevance of linguistic and cross-cultural appropriateness in communication during the pandemic. NSF-funded.
  • 2020-present. Quantifiers in bilinguals and monolinguals.
  • 2015-present. Documenting Cuzco-Collao Quechua. In collaboration with Prof. Sue Kalt, Prof. Antje Muntendam, Prof. Pedro Plaza, Hipólito Peralta Ccama, Bersi Macedo.
  • 2014-present. Argument Marking in Andean and Amazonian Languages and Spanish. In collaboration with Elisabeth Mayer (Australian National University), Carolina Rodriguez Alzza (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and José Camacho (University of Illinois Chicago)
  • 2012-present. Discourse structure in Southern Quechua. In collaboration with Prof. Luis Andrade (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Prof. Roger Gonzalo Segura (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú).
  • 2015-present. Null subjects in Spanish-English Bilingual Acquisition. In collaboration with Jennifer Austin (Rutgers, Newark), Michele Goldin, Esther Hur, Abril Jimenez, Julio Lopez Otero. Peru site: María Blume (PUCP), Mari Fernandez (PUCP) and Andrea Junyent.

Broad Impact Projects

  • 2020- present. Materials for health experiencies and prevention (COVID-19) in Quechua (in collaboration with H. Koulidobrova and Siwar Peralta) and Shipibo (with H. Koulidobrova and Bernabe Nahua).