Promoted to Associate Professor
Languages and Cultures
Alejandro Cuza is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the School of Languages and Cultures. He completed his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Toronto in 2008. His research focuses on language acquisition and bilingualism/multilingualism. Specifically, he examines the role of linguistic and psycholinguistic factors in the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax and semantics among bilingual children, adult heritage speakers and second language learners. More recently, Prof. Cuza’s research has examined the role of minority language literacy development in the acquisition of both English and Spanish in young children of Hispanic background in Indiana. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Second Language Research, International Journal of Bilingualism, Heritage Language Journal, Hispania, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, and in several book chapters.
Prof. Cuza is the director of the advanced Spanish program and the Spanish for heritage speakers program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He is also the founder and director of the Aprendiendo a Leer program, an after-school biliteracy program where Purdue students teach young children of Hispanic background how to read and write in Spanish as a heritage language.
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