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Sara Stefanich, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Sara Stefanich received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics with a concentration in Second Language Teaching from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019. During the course of her PhD, Sara was awarded an NSF Dissertation Grant for her dissertation “A morphophonological account of Spanish/English word-internal codeswitching”. She also served as a coordinator and language instructor for the Spanish Basic Language Program at UIC, teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses. Her research interests include bilingualism and second language acquisition/pedagogy, with a focus on Spanish/English codeswitching in the U.S., Spanish phonology and phonetics and methodological considerations in bilingualism research.

Selected Publications

Stefanich, S. & Cabrelli, J. (2020). Shared or separate representations? The Spanish palatal nasal in early Spanish/English bilinguals. Submitted to Languages 5(4): 50 doi:10.3390/languages5040050

Stefanich, S., Cabrelli Amaro, J., Hilderman, D., Archibald, J. (2019). The Morphophonology of intraword codeswitching: Representation & processing. Frontiers in Communication Research. 4:54 doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2019.00054

Solis, C., & Stefanich, S.* (2019). Measuring language dominance in early Spanish/English bilinguals. Languages 4(3): 62 doi:10.3390/languages4030062.

Stefanich, S., Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2018). Phonological factors of Spanish/English word-internal code-switching. In L. López (Ed.), Code-switching: Theoretical questions, experimental answers (pp. 195-222). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Badiola, L., Delgado, R., Sande, S., & Stefanich, S.* (2017). Code-switching attitudes and their effects on acceptability judgement tasks. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 8, 5-24.


B.A. Spanish, Miami University (Ohio). 2011
M.A. Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Illinois at Chicago. 2014
PhD. Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Illinois at Chicago. 2019