Paola E. Dussias

List of John Benjamins publications for which Paola E. Dussias plays a role.



We investigated linguistic knowledge of subjunctive mood in heritage speakers of Spanish who live in a long-standing English-Spanish bilingual community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Three experiments examine the constraints on subjunctive selection. Experiment 1 and Experiment 2 employed… read more | Article
The transfer of words from one language to another is ubiquitous in many of the world’s languages. While loanwords have a rich literature in the fields of historical linguistics, language contact, and sociolinguistics, little work has been done examining how loanwords are processed by bilinguals… read more | Article
In two eye tracking experiments, we investigate how adult child-L2 speakers of English resolve prepositional phrase (PP) attachment ambiguity in their dominant language (English), and whether they use prosodic information to aid in the process of garden-path recovery. The findings showed an… read more | Article
Beatty-Martínez, Anne L. and Paola E. Dussias 2019 Chapter 4. Adaptive control and brain plasticity: A multidimensional account of the bilingual experience and its relation to cognitionBilingualism, Executive Function, and Beyond: Questions and insights, Sekerina, Irina A., Lauren Spradlin and Virginia Valian (eds.), pp. 49–66
A central question in cognitive neuroscience concerns how individuals’ cognitive abilities are shaped by learning from experience. This paper presents a critical overview of the discoveries that have emerged from the study of bilingualism, and the implications that they hold for language,… read more | Chapter
Recent findings indicate that native speakers (L1) use grammatical gender marking on articles to facilitate the processing of upcoming nouns (e.g., Lew-Williams & Fernald, 2007; Dussias, Valdés Kroff, Guzzardo Tamargo, & Gerfen, 2013). Conversely, adult second language (L2) learners for whom… read more | Article
Valdés Kroff, Jorge R., Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo and Paola E. Dussias 2018 Experimental contributions of eye-tracking to the understanding of comprehension processes while hearing and reading code-switchesMethodologies for intra-sentential code-switching research, Munarriz-Ibarrola, Amaia, M. Carmen Parafita Couto and Emma Vanden Wyngaerd (eds.), pp. 98–133
Researchers who study code-switching using lab-based approaches face a series of methodological challenges; these include, but are not limited to, using adequate techniques and tasks that allow for processing that reflects real-language usage and selecting stimuli that reflect the participants’… read more | Article
Dussias, Paola E., Jorge R. Valdés Kroff and Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo 2017 When cognate status produces no benefits: Investigating cognate effects during the processing of code-switched sentencesBilingualism: A framework for understanding the mental lexicon, Libben, Maya, Mira Goral and Gary Libben (eds.), pp. 143–180
Experimental studies examining the production and comprehension of language switches have provided evidence for a subtle but significant “switch cost:” switched words take longer to process than non-switched words (e.g., Altarriba, Kroll, Sholl, & Rayner, 1996; Gollan & Ferreira, 2009; Gollan,… read more | Chapter
Valdés Kroff, Jorge R., Paola E. Dussias, Chip Gerfen, Lauren Perrotti and M. Teresa Bajo 2017 Experience with code-switching modulates the use of grammatical gender during sentence processingLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7:2, pp. 163–198
Using code-switching as a tool to illustrate how language experience modulates comprehension, the visual world paradigm was employed to examine the extent to which gender-marked Spanish determiners facilitate upcoming target nouns in a group of Spanish-English bilingual code-switchers. The first… read more | Article
Guzzardo Tamargo, Rosa E. and Paola E. Dussias 2016 Comprehension patterns of two groups of Spanish-English bilingual codeswitchersSpanish-English Codeswitching in the Caribbean and the US, Guzzardo Tamargo, Rosa E., Catherine M. Mazak and M. Carmen Parafita Couto (eds.), pp. 301–322
Current knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the production and comprehension of codeswitches derives largely from studies with bilingual speakers who do not codeswitch or who report codeswitching (CS), but do not belong to stable bilingual communities. Although these data have a place in CS… read more | Article
In Spanish locative constructions, a different form of the copula is selected in relation to the semantic properties of the grammatical subject: sentences that locate objects require estar while those that locate events require ser (both translated in English as ‘to be’). In an ERP study, we… read more | Article