Luis F Lopez

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Hispanic and Italian Studies
    Title: Professor of Spanish linguistics
    Office: UH 1800 Phone: 312 996 5215
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Linguistics, bilingualism, code-switching.
    All aspects of linguistic theory referring to language structure and meaning. My current research agenda involves the linguistic competence of persons who have acquired two languages since early childhood.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I am seeking students who are flexible and intellectually curious.

    I am specially interested in students who have at least one of these qualifications: (i) basic linguistics background such as can be acquired in SPAN 206 (introduction to Hispanic linguistics) or some other basic linguistics course; (ii) a background in statistics, (iii) ability to set up web-based experiments.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We expect you to work in the lab for approximately 3-10 hours a week. It is crucial that you be dependable and never miss appointments. We will structure your stay in three phases. In phase 1 you will get to know the lab and its projects while spending at least a couple of days in each project. We will assign relevant readings. In phase 2 you will be working in a project as a member. You will help with experimental design, collection and statistical analysis of data. We will train you to do these things. In phase 3 you will write your own paper about your work on the project and we will help you present it at a student conference. Throughout, we will expect you to read and summarize some scholarly literature.

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