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Liliana Sánchez, PhD


Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


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 modeling processes of divergent access to heritage grammars. In comparative syntax, I work on the interface between informational structure and morphosyntax (Spanish, Quechua). I am also interested in language assessment in minority populations.

Selected Publications

Sánchez, L. 2019. Bilingual Alignments. Languages. 4 (4), 82.

Pérez Cortés, S., Putnam, M., and L. Sánchez. 2019. Differential Access: Asymmetries in accessing features and representations in Heritage Languages in production and comprehension. Languages. 4 (4), 81.

Sagarra, N., A. Bel, and L. Sánchez. 2019. Processing DOM in Relative Clauses: Salience and Optionality in Early and Late Bilinguals. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. 9, 1. 120-160. doi 10.1075/lab.16020.sag

Sánchez, L. and P. Zdrojewski. 2019. Dialectal variation in VOS word order in Spanish. Exploring Interfaces. M. Cabrera & J. Camacho (Eds.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Putnam, M., Pérez Cortés, S., and L. Sánchez. 2019. Language Attrition and the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis. Handbook of Language Attrition. 18-24. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mayer, E. and L. Sánchez. 2018. Typological differences in morphological patterns, gender features, and thematic structure in the L2 acquisition of Ashaninka Spanish. Languages 3(2), 21;

Sánchez, L., Mayer, E., Camacho, J., and C. Rodriguez Alzza. 2018. Linguistic attitudes toward Shipibo in Cantagallo: Reshaping indigenous language and identity in an urban setting. International Journal of Bilingualism. 22(4) 466-487.

Sánchez, L. 2017. The dynamic nature of bilingualism. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7, 6. 754 – 758.

Mayer E. and L. Sánchez. 2017. Feature variability in the bilingual- monolingual continuum: clitics in bilingual Quechua-Spanish, bilingual Shipibo-Spanish and in monolingual LimenÞo Spanish contact varieties, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2017.1322037

Syrett, K., Lingwall, A., Perez-Cortes, S., Austin, J., Sánchez, L., Baker, H., and Arias-Amaya, A. 2017. Differences between Spanish monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual children in their calculation of entailment-based scalar implicatures. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2(1), 31. DOI:

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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

2014-2015, Workshop: Bilingual Morphology at the crossroads - New directions in the study of word structure, National Science Foundation

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
M.A., Linguistics. University of Southern California, 1992
B.A., Linguistics. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, 1986

Professional Memberships

  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Selected Presentations

Selected recent presentations

Invited Lectures, Panels and Keynote addresses

  • Sánchez, L. 2019. Workshop on Indefinites. Panel discussion on fieldwork with endangered/underdocumented language speakers. Yale University. March 29.
  • Sánchez, L. 2019. Modeling the dynamic nature of bilingual representations. Bilingualism in the Hispano-Lusophone World. Leiden University. January 11.
  • Keynote Address. Sánchez, L. 2019. Person features, Nominal Structures, and Inalienable Possession in Heritage Bilinguals. Workshop on Person and Perspective. In honor of Maria Luisa Zubizarreta. University of Southern California. May 3-4.
  • Keynote Address. Sánchez, L. 2019. Panel on the Future of Quechua. Third Annual Quechua Meeting. U. Penn. November 17.

Refereed Conferences

  • Sánchez, L., Kalt, S. 2019. Documentation and revitalization of Bolivian and Peruvian Quechua through an activist educator network (Panel). Co-chair. The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019: Perspectives. Purdue, Fort Wayne, Indiana. October 31-November 2.
  • Sánchez, L., Goldin, M., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., Otero, J.C, and Austin, J. 2019. The null subject parameter in a Spanish immersion school: heritage bilinguals and L2 learners Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. U. of Reno, Nevada. March 22-24.
  • Giancaspro, D. and Sánchez, L. 2019. Agreeing to agree, disagreeing how: Innovation in heritage speakers’ expression of possession. Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World. Leiden University.
  • Syrett, K., Austin, J. and Sánchez, L. 2018. Conversational Implicatures in Heritage and Child L2 Bilingualism. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. April 25-28. York University. (L. Sanchez, presenter).
  • Giancaspro, D. and Sánchez, L. (2018) Inalienable Possession in Heritage Speakers: Evidence for the Activation Hypothesis. Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. April 25-28. York University. With David Giancaspro. Sánchez, L. 2018. Attributive Adjectives and Predicate Structures in Spanish. Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. April 25-28. York University.
  • Mayer, E. and Sánchez, L. 2018. Emerging DOM patterns in Peruvian-Spanish contact varieties. Differential Object Marking in Spanish (and beyond) – diachronic change and synchronic variation. Universität Zürich, June 4-5.
  • Mayer, E. and Sánchez, L. 2017 Case-marking and typological differences in Amazonian Spanish in contact with Ashaninka and Shipibo. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium.October 26-28. Texas Tech University.
  • Mayer, E. and Sánchez, L. 2017. Typological differences in case-marking and gender and their effects on bilingualism. International Symposium on Bilingualism. With Elisabeth Mayer. University of Limerick. June 12-15.

Research Currently in Progress

  • 2018-present. Gender assignment in Spanish in contact with Quechua, Ashaninka and Shipibo. In collaboration with Elisabeth Mayer (Australian National University), José Camacho (Rutgers University) and Carolina Rodriguez Alzza (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru).
  • 2015-present.Documenting Cuzco-Collao Quechua. In collaboration with Prof. Sue Kalt, Prof. Antje Muntendam, Prof. Pedro Plaza, Hipólito Peralta Ccama, Bersi Macedo.
  • 2015- present. Quechua morphology and intonation. In collaboration with Prof. Antje Muntendam.
  • 2014- present. Variability at the interfaces: Clitics in Andean Spanish. In collaboration with Elisabeth Mayer (Australian National University).
  • 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.