People

Lab Directors

Kay Gonzalez



Kay González-Vilbazo
Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Co-director of the BRL
1702 University Hall
E-mail: kgv@uic.edu
Website: http://uic.academia.edu/KayGonzalezVilbazo

Kay’s research focuses on linguistic-theoretical aspects of bilingual phenomena, mostly the grammar of code-switching. Current projects of his include: gender agreement and concord, Phase Theory, Wh-dependencies, Ellipsis, Pro-Drop, Case Theory, the structure of PF, the Phonology of code-switching, and the Theory of the bilingual Lexicon.

Luis Lopez



Luis Lopez
Professor of Hispanic linguistics
Co-director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory
1820 University Hall
E-mail: luislope@uic.edu
Website: https://uic.academia.edu/LuisLopez

Professor López is interested in theoretical linguistics, especially syntax and morphology, within a broad generative framework. In his solo projects, he is looking at nominalizations in Spanish and he is developing a framework inspired in Distributed Morphology for an understanding of the bilingual linguistic competence. With his co-authors Hans Stadthagen (U of Mississipi) and Carmen Parafita (Leiden) he is also exploring the applicability of Thurstone’s law to acceptability judgments in code-switching and in monolingual data. With Dani Vergara he is looking at the properties of negative dependencies in Basque/Spanish code switching and with Jeanne Heil (Eastern Mennonite University) he is researching infinitives in Spanish/English code-switching with the aim of understanding what allows Raising to Object in English.

Faculty

Shane Ebert



Shane Ebert
Assistant Head Coordinator of the Spanish Basic Language Program and Visiting Lecturer
E-mail: sebert2@uic.edu
Website: https://uic.academia.edu/ShaneEbert

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

Daniel Vergara



Daniel Vergara
Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics
E-mail: dverga3@uic.edu
Website: https://uic.academia.edu/DanielVergara

Daniel’s research interests are bilingualism, code-switching (Spanish/English and Basque/Spanish) and experimental syntax. He is now involved in two main projects: (i) an experimental syntactic analysis of long-distance dependencies in Spanish Negative Concord; and (ii) complementizers and intervention effects in Basque/Spanish code-switching with Dr. Luis López. His research is not only limited to syntax as he has carried out published work in Distributed Morphology with Dr. Luis López as well as in the field of Socio-phonetics. 

Ariane Sande



Ariane Sande
 
Ph.D. Candidate of Hispanic Linguistics
E-mail: asande20@uic.edu
Website: http://uic.academia.edu/ArianeSande

Ariane’s research mainly focuses on the areas of bilingualism, code-switching and theoretical linguistics. In particular, she studies pro-drop, or the omission of the subject of finite clauses in languages such as Spanish, using experimental methods. Additionally, she is also interested in methodological issues in code-switching research and language contact. Ariane completed a BA in English and Modern Languages and New Technologies of Communication at the University of Deusto (Spain) and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at UIC.

Lucia Badiola

 



Lucia Badiola
Ph.D. Student 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. Student of Hispanic Linguistics
E-mail: stefa4@uic.edu

Sara’s research interests include bi/multilingualism, code-switching and phonological theory. Her current research projects include: the phonology of code-switching at the word level, the acquisition of the Spanish palatal nasal and attitudes towards Spanish/English code-switching in the U.S. Before starting her PhD, Sara completed a BA in Spanish at Miami University (Ohio) and a MA in Hispanic Linguistics at UIC.

Rodrigo Delgado

 


Rodrigo Delgado
Ph.D. Student 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

Jon Robledo

 

Jon Robledo
Ph.D. Student of Hispanic Linguistics
E-mail: jroble22@uic.edu

Jon’s interests include bilingualism, code-switching and syntax. More specifically, Jon is interested in Basque-Spanish code-switching, word order and nominalizations. He is currently investigating word order within the DP in Basque-Spanish code-switching and nominalizations in Basque.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sandra Katzman, Spanish Major; Honors College
Cecilia Solis Barroso, Spanish Major; Honors College

Graduate Student Alumni

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.
Lecturer of Spanish, University of Chicago
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


Jeanne Heil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite University
E-mail: jeanne.heil@emu.edu
Website: http://easternmennonite.academia.edu/JeanneHeil & http://easternmennonite.academia.edu/JeanneHeil