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I was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina and completed my undergraduate university education in Argentina. I received a Masters in English from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I have been a professor in SUNY-Albany and I came to the University of Illinois last century, in 1999.

I am a Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and in the Department of Linguistics.


PhD. McGill University, Montreal

Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition
  • bilingualism
  • heritage language acquisition

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Grounded in linguistic theory and using psycholinguistic methodologies,my research explores the following theoretical issues:

  1. the linguistic nature of interlanguage and bilingual grammars
  2. the role of the “other” language in the acquisition or loss of a language
  3. the reasons why some L2 learners/bilinguals reach the level of proficiency and linguistic knowledge of native speakers while others fall short of that level even when optimal conditions for learning are provided,
  4. the linguistic selectivity of acquisition and loss, or why linguistic “success” or “failure” affects certain grammatical areas (vocabulary, sounds, meaning, verb endings, and discourse) but not others (sentence structure)
  5. the differences and similarities between linguistic processes attested in second language acquisition and bilingualism and other developmental processes typical of historicallanguage change and first language acquisition.

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Research Output 1998 2019

An experimental investigation of differential object marking in Mexican Spanish

Bautista-Maldonado, S. & Montrul, S. A., Feb 27 2019, In : Spanish in Context. 16, 1, p. 22-50 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Differential Object Marking
Native Speaker

Attrition, addition, and age

Montrul, S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Second Language Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Case marking in Hindi as the weaker language

Montrul, S., Bhatia, A., Bhatt, R. & Puri, V., Jan 1 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, MAR, 461.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Smaller vocabularies lead to morphological overregularization in heritage language grammars

Montrul, S. A. & Mason, S. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Bilingualism.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
Heritage Language

The acquisition of differential object marking in Spanish by Romanian speakers

Montrul, S. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Revista Espanola de Linguistica Aplicada. 32, 1, p. 185-219 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Differential Object Marking

Activities 2007 2016

  • 6 Editorial activity
  • 4 Invited talk

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (Journal)

Silvina Andrea Montrul (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Heritage Language Development

Silvina Andrea Montrul (Keynote speaker)
Aug 8 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Age and Experience in Heritage Language Processing

Silvina Andrea Montrul (Keynote speaker)
Aug 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Language Attrition and Language Transmission

Silvina Andrea Montrul (Keynote speaker)
Jul 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (Journal)

Silvina Andrea Montrul (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity