Ongoing Events

Weekly Spring 2020 SLAB Meetings Time – FLB G70D – Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

Interested students and researchers are welcome to join Dr. Silvina Montrul and collaborators in discussing research happening in connection with the SLAB lab. Current projects include work on child L2 and heritage language acquisition, gender cues, differential object marking, and virtual reality.

Student members of Dr. Montrul’s group include Andrew Armstrong, Chung-yu Chen, Laura Cummings, Eider Etxebarria, Irati Hurtado, Dawn Navejas, Elias Shakkour, and Anna Tsiola.

Spring 2020 SLAB Meeting Topics (Wednesdays at 11am)

2/5 – Andrew Armstrong – Discussion of Dabrowska 2018

2/12 – Aylin Koskun Kunduz – Inflectional morphology in first- and second-generation Turkish immigrants in the US

2/19 – Walther Glodstaf – Copula Selection in Spanish Passives

2/26 – Professor Montrul – Convergence and Divergence in Heritage Languages

3/11 – Eider Etxebarria – Basque DOM in Basque-Spanish school-age children

3/25 – Laura Cummings – Spanish Rhotic Production in Bilinguals

4/1 – Irati Hurtado – Frequency Effects on Syntactic Priming

4/8 – Yvette Bandin – Grammatical Gender in L2 Adult Learners of Spanish

4/15 – Sara Saez Fajardo – Modality and Task Effects in Grammatical Gender Production by Spanish Heritage Speakers and L2 Learners

4/29 – Martine Gallardo – Argument Structure and Transfer in L3 Italian

5/6 – Kacie Gastanaga – Effects of Feedback in Online Instruction

Upcoming Events

Multiple departments connected to the SLAB lab will be offering SLA-related lectures and presentations. Please view department pages for full offerings. The following is a sample of lectures that may be of interest:

Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) Annual Meeting: February 28th – 29th, 2020

ILLS is a general linguistics conference run by graduate students. This year’s theme is “Language Across the Lifespan”. The plenary speakers this year are:

    • Laura Colantoni (University of Toronto)
    • Michele Diaz (Penn State)
    • Norma Mendoza-Denton (UCLA)
    • Silvina Montrul (UIUC)

For more information, please visit:

Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY): February 27th, 2020

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Rethinking Speech Communities” and features the following plenary speakers:

    • Kim Potowski (University of Illinois, Chicago)
    • Jenny Davis (UIUC)
    • Atiqa Hachimi (University of Toronto, Scarborough)

Past Events

SLATE Graduate Research Symposium: Thursday, May 3 (Reading Day), 2018

The symposium will feature lectures by two distinguished scholars in the area of Second Language Acquisition: Professor Kim Potowski (University of Illinois, Chicago) and Professor Kiel Christianson (Illinois, Educational Psychology). There will also be two poster sessions during which graduate students in SLATE will present their current research. For more information, see the SLATE webpage <>.

The Heritage Language Research Institute: May 22-25, 2017 (UIUC)