People

Lab Director

Prof. López

Luis Lopez

Professor of Hispanic linguistics
Co-director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory

1820 University Hall
E-mail: luislope@uic.edu

Professor López training was in theoretical linguistics, especially syntax and morphology, within a broad generative framework. He is now working on code-switching as a laboratory for linguistic theory and the theory of bilingual grammar generally. He is also involved in two collaborative projects with Jeanne Heil (University of Southern Maine) on the acquisition of English infinitives by Spanish speakers and on Spanish/English code-switching in infinitive contexts, with special focus on English Raising to Object.

Recently, he investigated nominalizations in Spanish and with his co-author Daniel Vergara (Auburn University) negative dependencies in Spanish/Basque code-switching. With co-authors Hans Stadthagen (U of Mississipi) and Carmen Parafita (Leiden), they argued for the applicability of Thurstone’s law to acceptability judgments in code-switching and in monolingual data.

Faculty

Shane Ebert

Shane Ebert

Post-doctoral Scholar

E-mail: sebert2@uic.edu

His research centers on understanding cross-linguistic properties of morphosyntax by taking advantage of the distinctive properties of linguistic systems with two or more languages, i.e. those of bilingual speakers. He mostly focuses on early and simultaneous bilinguals, although he also looks at late bilinguals, i.e. second language (L2) learners. His research interests include the morphosyntax of wh-questions, contrasts in acquisition by L2 learners and heritage speakers, formal approaches to heritage language, and methodology in experimental code-switching research.

Graduate Students

Lucía Badiola

Lucía Badiola

Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: lbadio2@uic.edu

Lucia’s research interests include bilingualism, syntax, and code-switching with a special focus on methodological issues in CS research. She is currently working on gender agreement in Basque/Spanish. Her dissertation explores the relationship between competence and different proficiency measures with the ultimate goal of testing the most suitable way of having a homogenous bilingual population in CS research.

Lucia completed a BA in English and Modern Languages and New Technologies of Communication in Deusto Univeristy (Spain) and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at UIC.

Sara Stefanich

Sara Stefanich

Ph.D. candidate of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: stefa4@uic.edu

Sara’s research interests include bi/multilingualism, code-switching, phonological theory, and methodological issues in bilingualism research. Her current projects investigate the phonological realization of code-switched structures at the word level by early Spanish/English bilinguals, the acquisition of the Spanish palatal nasal by late Spanish/English bilinguals and the comparability of different language dominance assessments. Her dissertation examines the morphological and phonological restrictions on word-internal code-switching focusing specifically on whether words that have morphological mixing can also have phonological mixing (i.e., demonstrate evidence of two different phonologies).

Rodrigo Delgado

Rodrigo Delgado

Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: rdelga21@uic.edu

Rodrigo’s research interests include bilingualism, code-switching (English and Spanish), and syntax. Previous research has focused on methodological issues regarding bilingual participants, i.e., attitudes towards code-switching. Current projects include gender assignment in Spanish/English DPs with heritage speakers of Spanish in Chicago.

Irati de Nicolas

Irati de Nicolas

Ph.D. Student of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: idenic2@uic.edu

Irati is interested in bilingualism, code switching and syntax. Specifically, she is interested in code switching between nouns and adjectives in Basque/ Spanish code switched DPs, nominalizations in Basque and case assignment in Basque. Irati graduated from the University of Deusto (Spain) and she completed her M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics at UIC

Jose Sequeros-Valle

Jose Sequeros-Valle

Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: jseque3@uic.edu

Jose’s interests include the interface between grammar and pragmatics. Specifically, Jose is interested in the interaction between information structure and syntax, and between information structure and intonation. He is currently investigating the interface among those three sub-systems using Spanish left dislocations as his test case.

Cecilia Solis Barroso

Cecilia Solis Barroso

Master’s Student of Hispanic Linguistics

E-mail: csolis6@uic.edu

Cecilia’s research interests include bilingualism, code switching, syntax and pragmatics. Previous research has focused on methodological issues in bilingualism research.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Guadalupe Blanco
  • Ryan Brown
  • Sahian López
  • Edipson Vinueza

Graduate Student Alumni

Daniel Vergara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

E-mail: dzv0013@auburn.edu
Website: http://www.cla.auburn.edu/forlang/spanish/faculty/daniel-vergara/

Jeanne Heil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Southern Maine

E-mail: jeanne.heil@maine.edu
Website: https://usm.maine.edu/linguistics/jeanne-heil

Bradley Hoot, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, DePaul University

E-mail: bhoot@depaul.edu
Website: http://depaul.academia.edu/BradHoot & http://las.depaul.edu/academics/modern-languages/faculty/spanish/Pages/bradley-hoot.aspx

Laura Bartlett, Ph.D.

E-Mail: lbartl2@uic.edu

Bryan Koronkiewicz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics, The University of Alabama
Spanish Language Program Director, The University of Alabama

E-mail: bjkoronkiewicz@ua.edu
Website: https://mlc.ua.edu/profiles/bryan-koronkiewicz/ & http://alabama.academia.edu/BryanKoronkiewicz

Ariane Sande, Ph.D.

College Teacher in Spanish, University of Limerick

E-Mail: asande20@uic.edu

Jon Robledo

E-Mail: jroble22@uic.edu