UIC TiL Talks for the Current Year


Talks in Linguistics is funded with generous support from:
Department of Hispanic&Italian Studies

Time: Fridays, 4 pm

Location: 1750 University Hall

DateSpeakerAffiliationTitle of Abstract
September 6thTiL meet-and-greet
September 13th"Planning your semester" workshop
September 27thConcepción Company CompanyUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)Lengua española y regalos culturales de América al mundo. Un acercamiento histórico
October 11thDavid AbugaberUniversity of Illinois at Chicago¿Es complicado o está complicado?:
Empirically testing our intuitions about the use of Spanish ser vs. estar
October 25thBoaz Keysar
University of ChicagoLiving in a native tongue
November 8thJosé Sequeiros + David Abugaber

University of Illinois at ChicagoIt's just words!: A lexical approach to discourse (Jose Sequeiros)

Thinking (about grammar), fast and slow: Exploring per-learner variability via analysis methods from cognitive psychology (David Abugaber)
January 24thTom RoeperUniversity of Massachusetts at AmherstMinimal Interfaces and Cross-modular Notation: How do different Grammars and different modules achieve compatibility

ALSO: Special professional development Q&A session on Sat., Jan. 25, 10am-12pm in UH 1750
January 31stSilvina MontrulUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignOn lexical assignment and gender agreement in Spanish: A study of novel nouns
February 14thGuilherme DuarteBall State UniversityLexical statistics and the grammar
March 6thStacy KoMarquette University¡Hola María! The interplay of Spanish and English and how to determine difference versus disorder in bilingual individuals

Full video available here
March 13thAnnette D'OnofrioNorthwestern UniversitySound change reversal in context: Production and perception of the Northern Cities Shift in a Chicago neighborhood
April 24thMandy Faretta-StutenbergNorthern Illinois UniversityTBD

*All talks take place from 4 PM to 5 PM in room 1750 (south elevators) in University Hall (map or directions) unless otherwise noted.

Past Talks


DateSpeakerAffiliationTitle of Abstract
September 14thTiL meet-and-greet
September 28thStudent Presentations - David Abugaber, Jose SequerosUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoClitic-doubled Left Dislocation in Heritage Spanish: Judgment vs. Speeded Production Data (Jose) and Frequency and Semantic Prototypicality in an L2 Spanish Dative Construction: A Corpus Study (David)
November 16thAdriana WeislederNorthwestern UniversityRicher language experience leads to faster understanding: Language input and processing efficiency in Spanish-learning children
November 19th (Monday, 4pm in University Hall 1501)Vita KoganUniversity of BarcelonaIndividual Differences in L1 Perception & their Effects on Discrimination of Unfamiliar Nonnative Vowel Contrasts
February 8th - *note time/location change to 1pm in University Hall 1750*Mike IversonUniversity of IndianaRethinking some issues in L1 attrition: A case study of L1 Spanish in contact with Brazilian Portuguese
March 1stSung Park-Johnson and Carolina Barrera-Tobon DePaul UniversityEnglish hegemony in a Spanish Immersion preschool: a case study at Puerta Abierta
March 15thErik ZymanUniversity of ChicagoAntilocality at the Phase Edge
April 5thErika ErdelyNational Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Una nueva mirada a la semántica a los verbos ser y estar con perspectiva dialectal / New insights on the semantics of Spanish copulas ser and estar from a dialectal perspective
April 12thStudent PresentationsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoTBD
April 26thKara FedermeierUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignTBD


DateSpeakerAffiliationTitle of AbstractSpeaker Liaison
September 15th, 2017TiL meet-and-greet
Liliana Sanchez
Rutgers UniversityRe-thinking research methodologies in multicultural contexts: collaborating with indigenous communities in Peru
October 6th, 2017
(at UH 1501)
Kara Morgan ShortUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoIt’s electric! Connections between language processing and second language acquisition
October 20thMatt WalenskiNorthwestern UniversityHow (and when) does sentence comprehension go wrong in agrammatic primary progressive aphasia?
November 3rdGabriel Martinez VeraUniversity of ConnecticutOn phases and prosodic reflexes in Spanish recomplementation
November 17thBriana VillegasUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoThe role of training condition and individual differences on the development of a complex form: An L2 study of the Spanish subjunctive
December 1st at 3pm Anna Maria EscobarUniversity of Illinois Urbana ChampaignContact Scenarios and Functional Transfer
January 26th, 2018Matt WalenskiNorthwestern UniversityHow (and when) does sentence comprehension go wrong in agrammatic primary progressive aphasia?
March 2ndDaniel OlsonPurdue UniversityFlexibility in bilingual lexical access
March 9thKim PotowskiUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoNo child left monolingual
March 23rdEmma MarsdenThe University of YorkEstimating the magnitude of sensitivity to morphosyntax and first language influence during self
April 13thDavid AbugaberUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoANOVA R workshop
April 20thDenise CloonanNortheastern Illinois UniversityUsing eye dialect as background knowledge for dialectal variation in Spanish
May 4thEnd of Year Event


DateSpeakerAffiliationTitle of Abstract
September 2, 2016TiL Meet & Greet
Jose Sequeros-Valle
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)Clitic­-doubled Left Dislocation in L2 Spanish: Speeded Production Data
September 16, 2016Christine SheaUniversity of IowaVariability and lexical activation in L2 processing
September 30, 2016James BartolottiNorthwestern UniversityPrevious Language Experience Shapes Novel Language Learning
October 14, 2016 Laura BatterinkNorthwestern UniversityContributions to language from implicit and explicit memory
October 28, 2016David AbugaberUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)Face Recognition and Bilingual Lexical Access: Viewing familiarized faces primes performance in a Spanish-English language-selection task
November 11, 2016

Andrew Lynch

University of MiamiPlacing accent marks in the Spanish heritage language classroom
December 1, 2016
LICO lab
Kathy EscamillaUniversity of ColoradoTBA
January 20, 2017

Vicki CarstensSouthern Illinois University Carbondale ONLY and antisymmetry in Zulu and Xhosa
Februrary 3, 2017Jennifer ColeNorthwestern UniversityDetails (sometimes) matter for the mental representation of intonation
February 17, 2017Giovanni BennardoNorthern Illinois UniversityLinguistic Strategies and Culture in Mind
March 3, 2017Janet van HellPenn State UniversityCode-switching in bilinguals: Behavioral and electrophysiological studies
March 31, 2017 Lewis GebhardtNortheastern Illinois UniversityCrow is an 85% DP Language (and a question about verbal morphology)
April 7, 2017Carrie PichanUniversity of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)Phonological Transfer in L3 Initial Stages Italian and Portuguese
April 21, 2017Tue TrinhUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeIn defense of structural alternatives
April 27, 2017Manuel Díaz-CamposIndiana UniversityBridging the gap between sociolinguistics and semantics


Date, Time, and Location* Speaker Title / Abstract
Sept 4, 2015Meet and Greet
Sept 18, 2015HLS Presentations
October 2, 2015Isabelle Darcy
(Indiana University)
Executive functions predict individual differences in second language phonological processing
October 16, 2015
*UH 1501
Silvina Montrul
Structural Differences and Similarities in Three Heritage Languages in the USA
November 13, 2015Patxi Laskurain
(Illinois State University)
The Linguistic Landscape of Chicago’s La Villita
November 18, 2015
*Wednesday, 10-11 am.
Eve HigbyNative language adaptation to novel verb argument structures by Spanish-
English bilinguals: An electrophysiological investigation
December 3, 2015
*LICO sponsored talk
Naomi Shin
(University of New Mexico)
Does English impact Spanish in the U.S.? Evidence from bilingual children’s patterns of morphosyntactic variation
January 22, 2016Rhonda McClain (Northwestern)Neural mechanisms of second language speech production and cognitive control as revealed by event-related potentials
Februrary 5, 2016Emily CibelliTargeting the acquisition of L2 production categories with explicit articulatory instruction
February 19, 2016Daniel VergaraLicensing N-words Across Domains
March 4, 2016
*UH 1501
Heidy Harley
(University of Arizona)
A syntactic alternative to deficiency approaches to the manner-alternation parameter
March 18, 2016David Durian
(College of Dupage)
Revisiting the Development of the Northern Cities Shift in Late 19th and Early 20th
Century Chicago: Another Look at Pederson's PEMC Data, DARE, and LANCS
April 8, 2016Szymon Zuberek (UIC)The Effectiveness of Pronunciation Training Software in ESL Fluency Development
April 22, 2016Jill Jegerski
Bilingual sentence processing: Relative clause attachment in heritage speakers of Spanish


Date, Time, and Location* Speaker Title / Abstract
September 5th Linguistics meet and greet
September 19thBarbara Di Eugenio
Computational Models of Multimodal Referring Expressions in the ELDERLY-AT-HOME Corpus
October 21stAlessandro Benati
(U of Greenwich)
The effects of re-exposure to instruction and the use of discourse-level interpretation tasks on processing instruction and the Japanese passive
November 14thJeanne Heil
Great Aspect-actions: Morphological encoding in Second Language Acquisition
January 16thBernard Issa
Investigating the role of attention in second language grammar learning: An eye-tracking study
January 30thMatt Goldrick
Unifying the continuous and the discrete in theories of bilingualism: Insights from Gradient Symbolic Computation
February 6th Rosana Ariolfo
(Universidad de Génova)
La lengua española en el contexto escolar genovés: Niños y jóvenes de origen latinoamericano entre integración y discriminación
February 27thLillian Gorman
Ethnolinguistic Contact Zones: Identity and Language Use within Mixed Mexican-Nuevomexicano Families in northern New Mexico
March 3rdTammer Castro
(University of Tromso, Norway)
Bilingualism or bidialectalism? Empty Categories in Brazilian and European Portuguese
March 13thJonathan MacDonald
Spanish aspectual se as an indirect object reflexive: evidence from bare nouns and leísta PCC repairs
April 3rdScott Schwenter
(Ohio State University)
Priming and (Non-)Obsolescence in Morphosyntactic Variation
April 10thJanet Fuller
(Southern Illinois University)
Minority Languages in the Linguistic Landscapes of Chicago and Berlin
April 24th TBA