Liliana Elizabeth Sanchez

    Email Address: lesanche@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Hispanic and Italian Studies
    Title: Professor
    Office: UH 1713
    Webpage: https://hip.uic.edu/profiles/sanchez-liliana/
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research interests include two main strands:

    1. Language development in Spanish-English heritage bilingual populations (children and adults). In this area, my research focuses on understanding how heritage speakers develop knowledge of Spanish grammar and language production and comprehension skills and the extent to which heritage speakers may exhibit different levels of proficiency in these skills. My main goal is to uncover the processes that underlie crosslinguistic influence in heritage bilinguals.

    2. Indigenous languages in contact with Spanish. In this area, I have two projects: a) Project 1 language documentation of Peruvian and Bolivian Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador (Quichua), northern Argentina and Colombia, and b) Project 2: the representation of gender in the Spanish pronoun system in contact with Quechua, Ashaninka and Shipibo in Peru.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    All projects:
    Preferred GPA: 3.0
    Preferred majors/minors: Spanish, Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science or related majors/minors.
    Required: Proficiency in Spanish
    Some prior experience with excel, word, statistics (for example R) not a pre-requisite but a plus, and some prior knowledge of basic linguistic concepts. Willingness to learn experimental methods in linguistics (use of Psychopy and eye-tracking, for example).

    For strand 2 Project 1: Any level of knowledge of Quechua or willingness to learn about the language a plus.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    In strand 1, the student will be expected to participate in Lab meetings and work on creating items for language tasks (experiments), data coding, and some closely supervised data analysis. Potential participation in data collection depending on approval by the supervisor and IRB.

    In strand 2,

    Project 1: the student will be expected to participate in Lab meetings and work on organizing Quechua data files in Word for archival purposes, data coding and closely supervised data analysis.

    Project 2: the student will be expected to participate in Lab meetings and work on creating items for language tasks (experiments), data coding, and some closely supervised data analysis.

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