Alejandro Cuza

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alejandro Cuza plays a role.


Inquiries in Hispanic Linguistics: From theory to empirical evidence

Edited by Alejandro Cuza, Lori Czerwionka and Daniel Olson

Subjects Romance linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


Previous work on the acquisition of grammatical gender in child and adult heritage speakers of Spanish has found significant mismatches in gender agreement stemming from overgeneralization of the masculine form to contexts in which the feminine is required. It has been argued that these divergences… read more
Jiao, Jian, Alejandro Cuza and Julio César López Otero 2020 Chapter 11. The acquisition of personal a among Chinese-speaking L2 learners of Spanish: A case for syntactic complexityCurrent Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Pascual y Cabo, Diego and Idoia Elola (eds.), pp. 233–252 | Chapter
The present study examines the acquisition of differential object marking (dom) in Spanish among Mandarin-speaking L2 learners from China. Unlike Mandarin, which marks the direct object only in preverbal position (i.e., in SOV sentences) and is a topic-prominent language, Spanish allows dom in both… read more
The present study examines the extent to which L2 learners and HS of Spanish acquire target knowledge of subjunctive mood selection in Spanish. Specifically, we analyze obligatory and variable selection in temporal and concessive constructions. Ten HS of Spanish, ten English-speaking L2 learners… read more
López Otero, Julio César and Alejandro Cuza 2020 Chapter 9. The distribution and use of present and past progressive forms in Spanish-English and Spanish-Brazilian Portuguese bilingualsHispanic Contact Linguistics: Theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives, Ortiz López, Luis A., Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo and Melvin González-Rivera (eds.), pp. 215–234 | Chapter
This study examines the distribution and use of simple and progressive forms in two groups: English-speaking heritage speakers of Spanish in the U.S. (n = 9) and Brazilian Portuguese-speaking heritage speakers of Spanish in Brazil (n = 15). We hypothesized that the groups would show different… read more
Colantoni, Laura, Alejandro Cuza and Natalia Mazzaro 2016 Task-related effects in the prosody of Spanish heritage speakers and long-term immigrantsIntonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches across linguistic subfields, Armstrong, Meghan E., Nicholas Henriksen and Maria del Mar Vanrell (eds.), pp. 1–24 | Article
We compare the extent to which Spanish heritage speakers and long-term immigrants in the United States differ in their intonation of broad focus declaratives, and propose that the between-group variability is motivated by the specific language learning/literacy conditions of each group. Results… read more
Cuza, Alejandro and Julio César López Otero 2016 The acquisition of the semantic values of the Spanish present tense in L2 and heritage SpanishThe Acquisition and Processing of Spanish and Portuguese Morphosyntax: Theoretical and experimental issues, Klassen, Rachel, Anahí Alba de la Fuente, Joanne Markle LaMontagne and Almudena Basanta y Romero-Valdespino (eds.), pp. 462–486 | Article
We examine the acquisition of the semantic values of the Spanish present tense among second language learners and Spanish heritage speakers, an area so far underexplored. We predict bilingualism effects evidenced in lower patterns of use, acceptance and preference of the simple present with an… read more
Cuza, Alejandro, Lauren Miller and Mariluz Ortíz 2016 On the production of differential object marking and wh-question formation in native and non-native SpanishLanguage Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in honour of Juana M. Liceras, Alba de la Fuente, Anahí, Elena Valenzuela and Cristina Martínez Sanz (eds.), pp. 187–209 | Article
The present study explores the elicited production of differential object marking and subject-verb inversion in matrix and embedded wh- questions in Spanish among 16 English-speaking L2 learners and 17 Spanish-speaking immigrants serving as control baseline. Results from an elicited production task… read more
Cuza, Alejandro, Lori Czerwionka and Daniel Olson 2016 IntroductionInquiries in Hispanic Linguistics: From theory to empirical evidence, Cuza, Alejandro, Lori Czerwionka and Daniel Olson (eds.), pp. ix–xii | Article
Mazzaro, Natalia, Alejandro Cuza and Laura Colantoni 2016 Age effects and the discrimination of consonantal and vocalic contrasts in heritage and native SpanishRomance Linguistics 2013: Selected papers from the 43rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), New York, 17-19 April, 2013, Tortora, Christina, Marcel den Dikken, Ignacio L. Montoya and Teresa O'Neill (eds.), pp. 277–300 | Article
This study explores the perception of consonantal and vocalic contrasts in two groups of Spanish-English bilingual speakers: heritage speakers and long-term immigrants. We test the discrimination of Spanish stops and mid and high vowels via an AX discrimination task with natural stimuli consisting… read more
Cuza, Alejandro and Lauren Miller 2015 The protracted acquisition of past tense aspectual values in child heritage SpanishHispanic Linguistics at the Crossroads: Theoretical linguistics, language acquisition and language contact, Klassen, Rachel, Juana M. Liceras and Elena Valenzuela (eds.), pp. 211–230 | Article
This study examines the knowledge of past tense aspectual distinctions in Spanish among 19 Spanish-English bilingual children born and raised in the United States. We compare their results with those of 12 of the children’s parents, who are long-term immigrants of Mexican background. We predicted… read more
Cuza, Alejandro, Rocío Pérez-Tattam, Elizabeth Barajas, Lauren Miller and Claudia Sadowski 2013 Chapter 9. The development of tense and aspect morphology in child and adult heritage speakersInnovative Research and Practices in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, Schwieter, John W. (ed.), pp. 193–220 | Article
This cross-sectional study examines the production of tense and aspect morphology in child and adult heritage Spanish, with the view of informing the development of pedagogical interventions in Spanish language for child and adult heritage Spanish speakers. We compare natural production data from… read more
Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa, Alejandro Cuza and Danielle Thomas 2011 6. From parental attitudes to input conditions: Spanish-English bilingual development in TorontoBilingual Youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies, Potowski, Kim and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 149–176 | Article
Research shows correlations between proficiency and language attitudes. Other studies associate performance in young bilinguals more strongly with adult language input and practice at home than with individual attitudes in youth. No studies, however, have examined how attitudes and family practice… read more