lab members working together
Members of the Bilingualism Research Lab work together,
discussing various research projects.

RESEARCH

The research focus of this lab is to investigate the linguistic competence of bilingual speakers as a window to understanding the human faculty of language. Currently we are developing five different research clusters.



Publications

Most Recent

Bartlett, Laura, & Kay-Eduardo González-Vilbazo. (Forthcoming). Classifiers in Spanish-Taiwanese code-switching. To appear in Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS) 46.

Bartlett, Laura, & Kay-Eduardo González-Vilbazo. (Forthcoming). The structure of the Taiwanese DP: Evidence from Taiwanese/Spanish code-switching. To appear in Journal of East Asian Linguistics.

González-Vilbazo, Kay, & Sergio E. Ramos. (Forthcoming). A morphosyntactic condition on sluicing: Evidence from Spanish/German code-switching. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry. Website

González-Vilbazo, Kay, & Almeida Jacqueline Toribio. (Forthcoming). Operator movement in English-Spanish and German-Spanish codeswitching. To appear in Jeff MacSwan (Ed.), Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Code Switching. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Website

López, Luis. (Forthcoming). Case and the event structure of nominalizations. To appear in Linguistic InquiryWebsite

López, Luis. (Forthcoming). 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. Website

2017

Badiola, L., Delgado, R., Sande, A., and Stefanich, S.. (2017). Attitudes towards code-switching and their effects on Acceptability Judgment Tasks. To appear in Special Issue of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (LAB), John Benjamins.

2016

González-Vilbazo, K., & B. Koronkiewicz. (2016). Tú y yo can codeswitch, nosotros cannot. In R. E. Guzzardo Tamargo, C. Mazak & M. C. Parafita Cuoto (Eds.), Spanish-English Codeswitching in the Caribbean and the US (pp. 237-260). Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Website

López, Luis. (2016). Dislocation and information structure. In Caroline Féry and Shin Ishihara (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure, Oxford, UK: OUP, pp 402-421. Website

López, Luis. (2016). Questions on data and the input to GEN. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 19(5): 889-890. Website

López, Luis. (2016). Little v and cross-linguistic variation: Evidence from Code-Switching and Suriname Creoles. In Bidese, Ermenegildo, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni (eds.) Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation, [LA 234]. Pp 317- 336. With Tonjes Veenstra. Website

López, Luis. (2016) Dislocation and information structure. In Caroline Féry and Shin Ishihara (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure, Oxford, UK: OUP, pp 402-421. Website

López, Luis. (2016). (In)definiteness, specificity and differential object marking in Romance. In Susann Fischer and Christoph Gabriel (eds.) Manual of Grammatical Interfaces in Romance. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 241-265. Website

López, Luis. (2016) La estructura de la información: la oración en su contexto. Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.) Enciclopedia lingüística hispánica. London: Routledge, pp 574-583. Website

López, Luis. (2016) Caso abstracto y dependencias sintácticas. In Angel Gallego (ed.) Perspectivas de sintaxis formal. Madrid: Akal, pp 141-168. Website

2015

López, Luis. (2015). Parallel computation in word formation. Linguistic Inquiry 46(4): 657-701. Website

2013

López, Luis. (2013) “Wh-Movement.” In Silvia Luraghi and Claudia Parodi (eds) Bloomsbury Companion to Syntax. New York: Bloomsbury, pp 311-324. Website

2012

González-Vilbazo, K., L. Bartlett, S. Downey, S. Ebert, J. Heil, B. Koronkiewicz, & S. E. Ramos (2012) Methodological considerations in code-switching research. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 6 (1), 118-138. Website

González-Vilbazo, Kay, & Luis López. (2012) Little v and Parametric Variation. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
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Hoot, Brad. (2012) Narrow Focus on Pre-Nominal Modifiers in Spanish: An Optimality-Theoretic Analysis. Proceedings from the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010. Cascadilla Press.
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López, Luis. (2012) Indefinite objects: scrambling, choice functions and differential marking. 
Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 63. MIT Press.
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Morgan-Short, K., Heil, J., Botero-Moriaty, A., & Ebert, S. (2012) Allocation of attention to second language form and meaning: Revisiting the use of think aloud protocols. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Website

2011

González-Vilbazo, Kay and Luis López. (2011) “Some properties of light verbs in code-switching”. Lingua 121.5: 832-850. Website

González-Vilbazo, Kay, & Luis López. (2011) Some properties of light verbs in code-switching. Lingua 121, p. 832-850.
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2009

López, Luis. (2009) A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure. 
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 23, Oxford University Press. Website

López, Luis. (2009) Ranking the Linear Correspondence Axiom. Linguistic Inquiry 40(2), p. 239-278. Website

2008

González-Vilbazo, Kay & Volker Struckmeier. (2008) Asymmetrien im Code-Switching: Eine DM-Lösung zur Partizipselektion (Asymmetries in Code-Switching: a DM-solution to participle selection). In Mensching, G. & Remberger E. Romanistische Sprachwissenschaft – minimalistisch, Tübingen: G. Narr Verlag. Website

Presentations

2017

López, Luis. Code switching and Linguistic Theory. Minimalism, Distributed Morphology and the search for an integrated theory of bilingual grammars. Keynote lecture, Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World , Florida State University, January 29, 2017

2016

Badiola, L., Delgado, R., Sande, A., and Stefanich, S. Analyzing the Effect of Code-Switching Attitudes on Acceptability Judgment Tasks. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Code-switching, University of Cambridge, October 3-October 4, 2016.

López, Luis. Case and the event structure of nominalizations. Invited talk given at the University of Wuppertal and at the University of Göttingen. 2016.

López, Luis. Code switching and linguistic theory: Rethinking bilingualism. Invited talk, University of Western Ontario,March 11, 2016.

2015

Ebert, S. & J. Heil. The role of extra-grammatical factors in the that-trace effect: Evidence from bilinguals. Paper presented at Second Language Research Forum 2015, Atlanta, Georgia: October 29–31, 2015.

Ebert, S., J. Heil, B. Koronkiewicz, S. E. Ramos, D. Vergara-González, & L. López. Age of Acquisition and Processing Biases: An Investigation of Relative Clause Attachment in Early and Late Bilinguals. Poster presented at The 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, New Brunswick, New Jersey: May 21, 2015.

Ebert, S. & J. Heil. The That-Trace Effect Across the Bilingual Spectrum. Poster presented at The 13th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference, Bloomington, Indiana: March 4, 2015. 

Heil, J. & S. Ebert. Going beyond syntax: Bilingual acquisitional evidence for extra- grammatical factors in the that-trace effect. Paper presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2015, Urbana, Illinois: September 26, 2015.

Heil, Jeanne, De Nicolás. Irati, Robledo, Jon & Franke- Zubizarreta Gender Assignment in Spanish/English Bilinguals: Evidence from L1 Spanish, L2 Spanish, and Heritage Spanish. Paper presented at the In/Between Conference, Chicago, IL: March 2015.

Heil, Jeanne, De Nicolás. Irati, Robledo, Jon & Franke- Zubizarreta Gender Assignment in Spanish/English Bilinguals: Evidence from L1 Spanish, L2 Spanish and Heritage Spanish. Paper presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics, Athens, Greece: July 2015.

López, Luis. Case and the event structure of nominalizations. Keynote lecture, Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, September 27, 2015.

López, Luis. Differential marking in the DP. Paper presented at the Societas Linguisticae Europaea, University of Leiden. September 1, 2015.

Lopéz, Luis. Ebert, Shane, Jeanne Heil, Bryan Koronkiewicz, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Vergara, & Luis López. Age of acquisition and processing biases. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism 10, Rutgers University. May 20-24, 2015.

2014

Badiola, L. Case Across Languages: Code-Switching Between Ergative/Absolutive And Nominative/Accusative Languages. Paper presented at the In-Between Conference, Chicago, IL: February 2014. 

Delgado, R. How many mental lexica does a bilingual speaker have? Paper presented at the In-Between Conference, Chicago, IL: February 2014.

Heil, J. & López, L. Cue Competition in Complementation: Mapping in the L2 Morphosyntactic Arena. Paper presented at the 33rd Second Language Research Forum, University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC: October 23-25, 2014. 

Heil, J. & López, L. Great Aspect-actions: Morphological encoding in Second Language Acquisition. Paper presented at the 2014 UIC Bilingualism Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, IL: October 2-3, 2014.

Lee, C., Vergara, D. and González-Vilbazo, K.  2014. Don't Be So Negative: Negation Across Languages. Poster presented at UIC In/Between Conference. Chicago, IL: March 1, 2014.

López, L. Remarks on the syntactification of morphology. Talk delivered at Leiden University, Germany: March 28 and also presented at the University of Paris Diderot, France: March 23, 2014. 

López, L. The Bilingualism Research Laboratory at UIC: A progress report. Invited talk delivered at Leiden University, Germany: March 30 and also presented at the University of Paris Diderot, France: March 25, 2014. 

Sande, A. How To Drop The Pro: Evidence From Code-Switching. Paper presented at the In-Between Conference, Chicago, IL: February 2014.

Stefanich, S. Code-Switching (Or Borrowing) Within The Word. Paper presented at the In-Between Conference, Chicago, IL: February 2014.

2013

Adamczyk, Lukasz, Jeanne Heil, & Kay González-Vilbazo. 2013. Intuitions in Bilingualism: Directionality Restrictions in Code-switching. Poster presented at the UIC Student Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois: April 16, 2013.

Burten, M., L. Bartlett, S. Ebert, D. Vergara , & K. González-Vilbazo. Linguistic Competence of Early and Late Bilinguals: Evidence from Japanese-English Code-Switching. Poster presented at the UIC Student Research Forum, Chicago, IL: April 16 2013.

Bustos, Blanca, Jeanne Heil, & Kay González-Vilbazo. 2013. The Critical Period Hypothesis and the Acquisition of Infrequent Forms. Poster presented at the UIC Student Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago, Illinois: April 16, 2013.

Ebert, S. C, inversion, and Spanish clause structure: Evidence from code-switching. Paper presented at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2013, Ottawa, Canada: October 18 2013.

Ebert, S., J. Heil, B. Koronkiewicz, D. Vergara, S. Ramos & L. López. 2013. Processing in early bilinguals: Evidence from relative clause attachment. Multilingualism: The Key Debates, Leeuwardan, Netherlands: September 12-13, 2013.

Ebert, S., J. Heil, B. Koronkiewicz, S. E. Ramos, D. Vergara-González, & L. López. A Look into the early bilingual’s processor: Evidence from relative clause attachment. Poster presented at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, Tenerife, Spain: March 2013.

González-Vilbazo, Kay E. & Luis López. 2013. Phase switching. Invited keynote speaker at the code-switching conference at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germay), April 18th-20th.

González-Vilbazo, K. & S. Ramos. 2013. Discovering the language of silence:Code-switching and ellipsis. Multilingualism: The Key Debates, Leeuwardan, Netherlands: September 12-13, 2013.

González-Vilbazo, K., L. Bartlett, S. Downey, S. Ebert, J. Heil, B. Hoot, B. Koronkiewicz, & S. Ramos. 2013. Methodology in code-switching research. Multilingualism: The Key Debates, Leeuwardan, Netherlands: September 12-13, 2013. 

Koronkiewicz, B., & K. González-Vilbazo. Categorizing Spanish pronouns: Evidence from code-switching. Poster presented at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Ottawa, Canada: October 2013.

Koronkiewicz, B., & K. González-Vilbazo. Pronouns in code-switching. Paper presented at Multilingualism – The Key Debates, Leeuwarden, Netherlands: September 2013.

Moreno, A., B. Koronkiewicz, & K. González-Vilbazo. Pronouns as non-DP elements: Evidence from Spanish/English code-switching. Poster presented at the UIC Student Research Forum, Chicago, IL: April 2013.

Udziela, William. Categorization of Spanish Nouns through Stripping. Talk presented at the UIC Spring Student Research Forum 2013, Chicago, IL: April 16.

Udziela, William. Using code-switching to study ellipsis. Talk presented at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors Meeting, hosted at Schiff Hardin, LLP in Willis Tower, Chicago, IL:April 2013 

2012

Adamczyk, L., J. Heil, & K. González-Vilbazo. Object Control in L2 Processing. Poster presented at UIC Student Research Forum. Chicago, IL: April 17, 2012.

Alvarado, C., B. Koronkiewicz, & K. González-Vilbazo. Lexical items and code-switching. Poster presented at UIC Student Research Forum. Chicago, IL: April 17, 2012.

Bartlett, L., K. González-Vilbazo, & K. Morgan-Short. Linguistic movement and working memory: An event-related potentials investigation of prenominal adjectives in Spanish. Poster presented at UIC Student Research Forum. Chicago, IL: April 17, 2012.

Bartlett, L., S. Ebert & D. Vergara. Linguistic competence in heritage speakers and second language learners: Evidence from code-switched wh-questions. 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum, Chicago, IL: October 5, 2012.

Bartlett, J., K. González Vilbazo, & K. Morgan-Short. The processing of movement: An event-related potentials investigation of preposed adjectives. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS). Chicago, IL: March 31, 2012.

Bustos, B., B. Hoot, & K. González-Vilbazo. 2012. Complementizers in Spanish/English code-switching. Poster presented at UIC In/Between Conference. Chicago, IL: March 1, 2012.

González-Vilbazo, K., L. Bartlett, S. Downey, S. Ebert, J. Heil, B. Hoot, B. Koronkiewicz, & S. Ramos. 2012. Theory and experiment: Toward best practices in code-switching research. Poster presented at Linguistic Evidence 2012. Tübingen, Germany: February 19, 2012. Download: PDF

González-Vilbazo, K., L. Bartlett, S. Ebert, & D. Vergara-González. Code-Switching in Heritage Taiwanese Spanish Bilinguals. Poster presented at Formal Approaches to Heritage Language. Amherst, MA: April 21, 2012.

 

González-Vilbazo, K. The I-language of Bilinguals. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL: April 16, 2012.

González-Vilbazo, K., L. Bartlett, S. Downey, S. Ebert, J. Heil, B. Hoot, B. Koronkiewicz, & S. Ramos. 2011. Methods in code-switching research. UIC In/Between Conference. Chicago, IL: March 2, 2012.
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Heil, Jeanne & Luis López. Ultimate Attainment and Negative Evidence: Evidence from Raising to Object and Object Control. Poster presented at the 31st Second Language Research Forum, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA: October 18-21, 2012.

Heil, Jeanne & Luis López. Infinitival Insensitivity in L2 English Processing: Evidence from self-paced reading times of a learnability problem for Raising and Control. Paper presented at the 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum. Chicago, IL: October 4-5, 2012.

Heil, J. & L. López. Ultimate Attainment and Negative Evidence: Evidence from Raising to Object and Object Control. Poster presented at the 31st Second Language Research Forum, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA: October 18-21, 2012.

Heil, J. & L. López. Infinitival Insensitivity in L2 English Processing: Evidence from self-paced reading times of a learnability problem for Raising and Control. 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum. Chicago, IL: October 5, 2012.

Hoot, B. 2012. An experimental investigation of narrow focus in heritage and monolingual Spanish. 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. Cedar City, UT: April 22, 2012.
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Koronkiewicz, B. Me, myself y yo: Pronoun theories and code-switching. 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum. Chicago, IL: October 5, 2012.

López, L. Parallel computation in word formation. Invited talk delivered at the University of Frankfurt, January 2013. The same talk was delivered at Hamburg, November 2012.

López, L. Dislocations. Invited talk delivered at the University of Vienna, November 2012.

López, L. & C. Parafita. Mix, switch, blend. Consume with reckless abandon. Talk in two languages: a problem or a skill. A public event sponsored by British Social Science Research Council. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, October 2012.

López, L. An overview of projects of the UIC Bilingualism Research Laboratory. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, October 2012. The same talk was delivered at the University of Vienna, November 2012.

Ramos, S. Bilingualism and Ellipsis: How code-switching data can bear on theories of sluicing. Northwestern University Syntax Lab. Evanston, IL: July 10, 2012.

Serrano, I., S. Ramos, & K. González-Vilbazo. Controlling for variation in an experimental study of CS: Sluicing in Esplugish. An experimental investigation of narrow focus in heritage and monolingual Spanish. Poster presented at UIC In/Between Conference. Chicago, IL: March 1, 2012. 

Waas, J., B. Hoot, & K. González-Vilbazo. 2012. Subject Focus in Heritage Grammar. Poster presented at UIC In/Between Conference. Chicago, IL: March 1, 2012.

González-Vilbazo, Kay E. How our mind deals with two languages. Invited talk at workshop at the University of Chicago Lab School, Sept 10th.

For presentations before 2012, please see our archive of previous presentations.

Awards

2014-2015 Academic Year
Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) – Indra González, Mohammed Mirza

2013-2014 Academic Year
Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) – Cody Lee
OSSR Research Grant Support Program ($7000) - Kay E. González-Vilbazo

2012-2013 Academic Year
Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award – Jesse Banwart
Dorothy Thelander Undergraduate Award – Araceli Moreno, Lukasz Adamczyk
Fulbright Award (Research Stay at University of Wuppertal, Germany) – Luis López
Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) – Blanca Bustos, William Udziel

2011-2012 Academic Year
Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship – Bradley Hoot
Dorothy Thelander Undergraduate Award – Christian Alvarado
Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) – Lukasz Adamczyk, John Waas
National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant – Brad Hoot & Luis López
Provost’s Award for Graduate Research (Spring) – Bryan Koronkiewicz
UIC WOW Award – Brad Hoot

2010-2011 Academic Year
Chancellor’s Graduate Research Fellowship – Laura Bartlett
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellow – Sergio Ramos
Dorothy Thelander Undergraduate Award – Marija Bulatovic
Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) – Yasmin Mehta
Provost’s Award for Graduate Research – Laura Bartlett

2009-2010 Academic Year
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellow – Sergio Ramos

2008-2009 Academic Year
Provost’s Award for Graduate Research (Fall) – Brad Hoot