Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda

Graduate Teaching Associate
Graduate Student

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Hispanic Linguistics program. My research interests include syntax, variationist sociolinguistics and language contact as it pertains to the variety of Spanish spoken in the Basque Country (northern Spain) as well as Basque, a non-Indo-European language also spoken in this region. My dissertation project aims at describing the diverse focalization strategies employed by Spanish and Basque speakers from a theoretical syntactic standpoint while also elucidating empirically which linguistic and extra-linguistic constraints condition the use of a given strategy over another.

Additionally, coming from a Basque-Spanish bilingual community myself, a great interest of mine lies on morpho-syntactic phenomena that result from contact between these two typologically unrelated languages. My work in this regard has addressed the diffusion of null 3rd person Anaphoric Direct Objects in Basque Spanish, paying special attention to different types of bilinguals (e.g. Basque-dominant vs. Spanish-dominant bilinguals). At present, my research explores the effects that factors such as language dominance, language proficiency and linguistic attitudes have in relation to the realization of information focus among Basque-Spanish bilinguals who reside in the northwestern region of the Basque Country.

Areas of Expertise
  • Syntax
  • Language Contact & Bilingualism
  • Variationist Sociolinguistics
  • B.A., English Philology, University of Deusto (Spain), 2011
  • M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2013
  • Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, The Ohio State University (in progress)

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Office Hours Spring 2017:
Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 PM