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Members of our LAB attented and presented papers in several conferences around the globe




Professor Elena Valenzuela and PhD. candidate Kristina Borg at HLS 2012








  • Nelson Méndez, Raquel Llama,  Raquel Fernández-Fuertes and Juana M. Liceras. Code-switching data and third language acquisition: insights from subject –verb mixings. 8th International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. Universitat Jaume I – Castelló (Spain). September 13-15, 2012. http://www.laela.uji.es/l3con/index.html
  • Juana M. Liceras. Plenary speaker. Un lugar para cada cosa y cada cosa… ¿en qué lugar?: La lengua materna, el input y las técnicas de obtención de datos. XXIII Congreso Internacional ASELE. Universitat de Girona, Girona, September 19-22, 2012.http://www.aselered.org/presentacion
  • Juana M. Liceras. Plenary speaker. El saber ocupa, ¿qué lugar?: el acceso indirecto a las intuiciones del nativo. I Congreso Internacional Nebrija en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas: En camino hacia el plurilingüismo. Uniersidad Nebrija, Madrid, September 28-30, 2012. http://www.congresolenguasnebrija.es/
  • Juana M. Liceras, Raquel Fernández-Fuertes, Aurora Bel and Cristina Martínez. The mental representation of gender and agreement features in child 2L1 and child L2 grammars: insights from code-switching. UIC BilForum (Bilingualism Forun) 2012. University of Illinois at Chicago, October 4-5, 2012. http://www.uic.edu/depts/ling/BilForum/
  • Juana M. Liceras, Raquel Fernández-Fuertes, Cristina Martínez Sanz. Code-mixing preferences displayed by heritage speakers and second language learners. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), University of Florida, Gainsville, October 25-28, 2012.
  • Valenzuela, Elena, Camilla Bardel, Petra Bernardini, Kristina Borg, Diego Pascual y Cabo, Mauela Pinto and Jason Rothman. 2012. “Examining Variable Outcomes in the Grammars of Canadian and US Spanish Heritage Speakers”. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), University of Florida, October 25-28 2012.
  • Valenzuela, Elena, Juana Liceras, Elisa Acevedo, Araceli Alvarez, Irina Goundareva, and Luz Patricia López Morelos. 2012. “Anaphora resolution in Spanish/English code-switched sentences”. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), University of Florida, October 25-28 2012.
  • Goundareva, Irina. Cómo facilitar la producción oral a través de las canciones y de las películas en la clase de español. AATSP. Glendon College, Toronto, November 3, 2012.
  • Méndez, Nelson. Actitudes de estudiantes de ELE sobre el tratamiento del error en el aula de clase. AATSP. Glendon College, Toronto, November 3, 2012.
  • Anahí Alba de la Fuente successfully defended her PhD. dissertation on Tuesday July 10th, 2012.

Anahí now holds a PhD. in Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics) from the University of Ottawa. Congratulations!!! Her dissertation is entitled “Clitic Combinations in Spanish: Syntax, Processing and Acquisition”

Her thesis supervisor was Dr. Juana Munoz-Liceras, the external examiner was Dr. María Cristina Cuervo (University of Toronto) and the internal examiners were Dr. Maria-Luisa Rivero, Dr. Laura Sabourin, Dr. Andrés Salanova and Dr. Elena Valenzuela.


  1. Effect of translation practice on vocabulary acquisition in L2 Spanish learners by Irina Goundareva
  2. Procesamiento de dos tipos de agramaticalidad en hablantes de ELE by Anahí Alba de la Fuente
  3. Bilingual sentence processing: Anaphora resolution in code-switched sentences by Elena Valenzuela, Juana Liceras, Elisa Acevedo, Araceli Álvarez, Rachel Klassen, Raquel Llama & Luz Patricia López Morelos.
  • Juana Liceras, Anahí Alba de la Fuente and Lia Walsh gave in GURT 2012 the presentation “Complex wh- questions in native and non-native grammars: acceptability judgements tests at the quality/quantity crossroads”. See GURT 2012 presentation.
  • Elena Valenzuela was the keynote speaker in the 7th Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures. This event was held from February 22-25, 2012 at the University of Florida. His presentation was entitled “Eventive and Stative Passives in the Grammars of Spanish Second Language Learners and Heritage Speakers”



  • Elena Valenzuela, Juana Liceras and Luz Patricia López presented the poster “Ambiguous anaphora in L2 English and L2 Spanish”, in the 36th Boston University Conference on Language Development  (BUCLD36) at Boston University, November 4-6, 2011. See poster.
  • Four members of our LAB were awarded the 2011  Dean´s Scholarchip at the University of Ottawa for having finished their MA’s in a short period of time. Congratulations to Neftalí, Patricia, Rachel and Almudena.






Prof. Juana Liceras (with professors Raquel Fernández Fuertes from the University of Valladolid, Spain and Aurora Bel from Universitat Pompeu Fabra from Barcelona, Spain) presented the paper “Syntactic variability in child 2L1 and L2 grammars: the view from code-switching” at the Workshop on Syntactic Variability in Developing Grammars (OPO-GRAM II) held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on October, 26th. See presentation.

  • Several members of the Language Acquisition Research Lab presented at the AATSP-ON on November 12th, 2011.

Luz Patricia López gave a presentation entitled “Adquisición de compuestos nominales del español”, Raquel Llama and Rachel Klassen discussed L3 with their presentation “¿El sol se llama Lorenzo? Sobre la representación del género gramatical en la mente de hablantes de español como L3” and finally Anahí Alba de la Fuente presented at the conference with “La composición nominal en español como lengua extranjera”. Congratulations to all of them for their participation in this event and for doing such a wonderful job!






  • Prof. Juana Liceras presents as a keynote speaker at the AATSP-ON on November the 12, 2011.

Her topic was about creating a pedagogical grammar for Spanish and based on topics that are not normally taught in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom. Download presentation.








  • Cristina Martínez-Sanz successfully defended her PhD. Thesis on Wednesday November 10th, 2011.

Cristina now holds a PhD. in Spanish (Hispanic Linguistics) from the University of Ottawa. Congratulations!!! You can download her dissertation  “Null and Overt Subjects in a Variable System: The Case of Dominican Spanish” here.









  • Prof. Elena Venezuela presented in the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2011

Professor Elena Valenzuela presented the poster “Interpreting ambiguous anaphora: a bidirectional (English-Spanish) study” a the The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2011 held at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, from October 6 to October 9, 2011.



QODAS 2011 – Quebec and Ontario Dialogues on Acquisition and Spanish will be held at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa, May 4, 2011. Website: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/qodas/

ODAS. March, 2007. The Ontario Dialogues on the Acquisition of Spanish is a yearly graduate student conference. It was first organized in 2005 by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Western Ontario, under the name “Ontario Dialogues on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese”. The second edition of the conference was hosted at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of Toronto. It covers the main areas of linguistics (phonology, morphosyntax and semantics) from the perspective of the L1/L2/bilingual acquisition of Spanish. Call for papers Abstracts

GASLA-6. April, 2002. Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition is a biannual international conference. It was first hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Since then meetings have been held at several North-American institutions with strong track records in L2 acquisition research from a Generative perspective: CUNY, McGill, Pittsburgh/Carnegie-Mellon, University of Ottawa, Indiana University, University of Calgary, and most recently at the University of Iowa. It deals with different aspects of L2 acquisition (e.g. non-native grammar description, L1/L2 acquisition similarities and contrasts, sentence processing, etc.). It is a primary research conference. Call for papershttp://www.lingref.com/cpp/gasla/6/index.html

    Workshops and Seminars
  • Semi-automatic codification in CHILDES: CLAN & EXCEL interaction, 2011.
  • Experimental data: pronouns, anaphors and eye-tracking, 2011.
  • Inflected infinitives in European and Brazilian Portuguese, 2011.
  • Verb-framed L1 speakers learning a satellite-framed L2, 2011.
  • ERPs in acquisition research. 2010.
  • Linger in acquisition research. 2010.
  • SPSS: statistics for linguistic research. 2009.
  • Working with CHILDES: an interactive workshop on the transcription and analysis of language production data. 2007.
  • Statistical analysis and second language research. 2006.
  • Natural translation and code-switching in SLA. 2006.
  • Language acquisition: diachronic change and learnability. 2005.
  • Transcribing for CHILDES: L1, L2, and bilingual data. 2004.
  • Who is under which Control? More on the acquisition of English and Spanish Control structures. 2003.
  • Morphological development in second language acquisition. 2003..
  • Using CHILDES in the classroom. 2003.
  • CHILDES and L2A data: L1, L2 and bilingualism. 2003.
  • Statistics for linguistics. 2002.
  • Contrastive grammar and the acquisition of Spanish determiners and pronouns by French and English speakers. 2001.
  • The lexical versus functional nature of the ‘compounding parameter’. 2000.