Irma V. Alarcon

Dr. Irma V. Alarcon, Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, has taught at Wake Forest University since 2005. Prior to joining the Department of Romance Languages, Dr. Alarcon taught at Indiana University, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics. Her primary research focuses on theoretical issues concerning the role of linguistic variables, such as noun gender and morphology, on the acquisition of Spanish gender agreement. Her most recent work has analyzed heritage Spanish speakers or early bilinguals, and offers both theoretical implications concerning the difference between first and second language acquisitions and pedagogical insights into the burgeoning field of teaching Spanish to Latinos in the U.S. Dr. Alarcon, a native of Chile, has published numerous articles and holds several editorial and reviewer positions.

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“¿Cómo es que “un vestido” es masculino y “una corbata” es femenina?,” in J. D. Ewald and A. Edstrom, eds. El español a través de la lingüística: preguntas y respuestas (Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, 2008): 26-38.

Alarcón, I. (2011). Spanish grammatical gender under complete and incomplete acquisition: Early and late bilinguals’ linguistic behavior within the noun phrase. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 14(3), 332-350.

Alarcón, I. (2010). The Effects of instruction on the written proficiency of heritage speakers of Spanish: A case study.PAIDEIA, Revista de Educación, 48, 55-74.

Alarcón, I. (2010). Gender assignment and agreement in L2 Spanish: The effects of morphological marking, animacy, and gender. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 3(2), 267-299.

Alarcón, I. (2010). Advanced heritage learners of Spanish: A Sociolinguistic profile for pedagogical purposes. Foreign Language Annals, 43(2), 269-288.

Alarcón, I. (2009). The processing of gender agreement in L1 and L2 Spanish: Evidence from reaction time data. Hispania,92(4), 814-828.