Director

Alejandro Cuza

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Alejandro Cuza is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and Director of Linguistics at Purdue. His research centers on the psycholinguistic nature and dynamics of second language acquisition, heritage speaker bilingualism and bilingual first language acquisition. More specifically, he examines the extent to which child and adult bilinguals develop target knowledge of morphosyntactic patterns, including tense and aspect distinctions, interrogative subject-verb inversion, differential object marking, gender assignment and agreement and object clitics among other structures. Although he works primarily with Spanish-English bilignuals, he also conducts research on the acquisiton of Spanish among Brazilian-Portuguese, Chinese and Catalan speakers. Other interests include child bi-literacy development, language contact and change and Cuban Spanish. His work has appeared in international peer-review journals including Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Lingua, Second Language Research, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Hispania, the Heritage Language Journal among other venues. His most recent publication includes a volume on Cuban Spanish dialectology with Georgetown University Press.

Lab Members

  • Aida García

    M.A. student. Hispanic Linguistics
    Research Interests:
    Second language acquisition, syntax, semantics, language development, language preservation, bilingualism, heritage speakers
    garciate at purdue dot edu
  • Eduardo Lustres

    M.A. student. Hispanic Linguistics
    Research Interests:
    Second language acquisition, heritage language development, Spanish linguistics
    elustres at purdue dot edu
  • Antonio M. Gómez

    PhD Student. Hispanic Linguistics
    Research Interests:
    Bilingualism, language acquisition, heritage speakers, L2 learners, morphosyntax
    martingo at purdue dot edu
  • Jian Jiao

    PhD Student. Hispanic Linguistics
    Research Interests:
    Second language acquisition, heritage langanguage acquisition, language variation and change, Bilingualism (Spanish-English, Chinese-Spanish)
    jjiao at purdue dot edu
  • Nancy Reyes

    PhD Student. Hispanic Linguistics
    Research Interests:
    Language acquisition, bilingualism, child heritage speakers, linguistics and pedagogy
    reyesn at purdue dot edu

Former Members

  • Elizabeth Barajas
    M.A., Hispanic Linguistics
    Global Programs Coordinator, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  • Joshua Frank
    PhD candidate, Hispanic Linguistics
    University of Texas, Austin
  • César Gutiérrez
    PhD, Hispanic Linguistics
    Assistant Professor of Spanish, Wake Forest University
  • Fernando Llanos [website]
    PhD, Hispanic Linguistics
    Post-Doctoral Fellow in speech neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Julio C. López Otero
    PhD student, Hispanic Linguistics
    Rutgers University
  • Cezar Medeiros
    PhD, Hispanic Linguistics
  • Lauren Miller
    PhD, Hispanic Linguistics
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Wake Forest University
  • Mariluz Ortiz
    M.A., Hispanic Linguistics

Former and Current Collaborators

  • José Camacho
    Rutgers University
  • Laura Colantoni
    University of Toronto
  • Lori Czerwionka
    Purdue University
  • Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
    University of Balearic Islands
  • Juana Liceras
    University of Ottawa
  • Natalia Mazaro
    University of Texas, El Paso
  • Daniel Olson
    Purdue University
  • Adrian Pasquarella
    University of Delaware
  • Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux
    University of Toronto
  • Rocío Pérez-Tattam
    Swansea University
  • Liliana Sánchez
    Rutgers University
  • Becky Xi-Chen
    OISE-University of Toronto

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