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Name: Itziar  Laka
Institution: University of the Basque Country
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State and/or Country: Spain   
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Specialty: Syntax, bilingualism, language processing
Subject Language(s): Basque
Selected Publications: Laka, I (in press) “What is there in UG?” in M. Piattelli-Palmarini, J. Uriagereka, P. Salaburu (eds.) On Mind and Language: The Basque Country Encounter with Noam Chomsky Oxford University Press.

Duñabeitia J.A., Laka, I. Perea, M. & Carreiras, M (2008)“Is Milkman a superhero like Batman? Constituent morphological priming in compound words” Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Laka, I. (2007) On innate and specific aspects of human language in Aurnague M., Korta, K. & Larrazabal J.M. (eds.) Language, Representation and Reasoning, Bilbao: Servicio Editorial de la UPV/EHU, 229-248.

Diaz B, Erdozia K, Mueller JL, Sebastian-Galles N, Laka I, (2006) Individual differences in syntactic processing of a second language: Electrophysiological evidence, JOURNAL OF PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY 20 (3): 228-228

Laka, I. (2006) “On the nature of case in Basque: structural or inherent?” en Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver, Jan Koster, Riny Huybregts and Ursula Kleinhenz & Jan Koster (eds.), Organizing Grammar: Linguistic Studies in Honor of Henk van Riemsdijk, Berlin/New York, Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 374-382, ISBN 3-11-018850-3.

Fernandez B & Laka I (2006) Andolin gogoan: Essays in Honour of Professor Eguzkitza, Bilbao: Servicio Editorial de la UPV-EHU

Sanz, M. & Laka I. (2002) “Oraciones transitivas con se: el modo de acción en la sintaxis” en Las construcciones con se, Cristina Sánchez (ed.), Visor Libros, Madrid, pp. 311-343

Laka I. (2002)“Gramática Generativa y Lengua Vasca: estudios sobre ergatividad” en Foro Hispánico 21, Enero, pp. 87-110

Laka, I. (2002) “Delimitando la Gramática Universal” en N. Catalá, J. A. Díez y J.E: García-Albea (eds.) El lenguaje y la mente humana, Ariel Practicum, Ariel, Barcelona, pp. 77-142

Laka I. & Erriondo Korostola L. (2001) “Aphasia manifestations in Basque”, Journal of Neurolingusitics, vol. 14 (2-4), pp. 133-157.

Laka, I (2000)'Thetablind Case: Burzio´s Generalization and its image in the mirror' en Arguments and Case. Explaining Burzio’s Generalization, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp.103-129

Laka, I. (1996) A Brief Grammar of Euskara, the Basque Language, available at, ISBN: 84-8373-850-3

Laka, I. (1994)On the Syntax of Negation, Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series, J. Hankamer ed., Garland Publishing Co., New York- London

Laka, I. (1993) 'Unergatives that Assign Ergative, Unaccusatives that assign accusative' en J.D. Bobaljik y C. Phillips (eds.) Papers on Case and Agreement I. MIT Working Papers in Lingusitics, Vol 18, Cambridge, Mass., pp. 149-172.

Laka, I. (1993) 'Negative and Emphatic Fronting in Spanish: movement to ∑' en W. Ashby, M Mithum, G. Persinotto y E. Raposo (eds.) Linguistic Perspectives on the Romance Languages, John Benjamins Publishing Co., Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 315-333, ISBN: 90-272-3605.

Laka, I. (1993) 'The Structure of Inflection: A Case Study in X0 Syntax' en J.I. Hualde y J. Ortiz de Urbina (eds.) Generative Studies in Basque Linguistics, John Benjamins Publishing Co., Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 21-70, ISBN: 90-272-3607-0.

Laka, I. (1992) 'Negative Complementizers: Evidence from English, Basque and Spanish' en J. lakarra y J. Ortiz de Urbina eds. Syntactic Theory and Basque Syntax, Servicio de Publicaciones de la Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa, Donostia-San Sebastián, pp. 175-212, ISBN: 8479070943.

Sanz, Montserrat, Thomas G. Bever, and Itziar Laka. (1992) “Linguistics and psycholinguistics of unaccusativity in Spanish” in Broderick K. (ed.) (1992) Proceedings of the Northeastern Linguistic Society 1986, Vol. II, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, pp.399-409.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Language Down the Garden Path
Courses Taught: Últimas Tendencias teóricas en Psicolingüística y Neurolingüística. Doctorado Interdepartemental Lingüística Teórica, UPV/EHU, 2005-today
La estructura del lenguaje: universales y variación. Doctorado Interuniversitario en Neurociencia Cognitiva, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, 2004-2007
Lenguaje y cerebro: bilingüismo y patologías, Doctorado UPV/EHU, 2001-2002
Dissertation Director * of: Chunking the Input: on the role of frequency and prosody in the segmentation strategies of adult bilinguals
(Irene de la Cruz Pavía, Author)
Academic Paper Abstract: Language distance and non-native syntactic processing: Evidence from event-related potentials

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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