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About Ewelina Barski, PhD

An Assistant Professor of Spanish at The College at Brockport SUNY interested in theoretical research on heritage languages, specifically Spanish and Polish in North America.
My PhD dissertation compares Spanish and Polish heritage speakers and their use of overt pronouns in certain contexts. Specifically, I investigated the Overt Pronoun Constraint (Montalbetti 1984). This constraint exists in all null-subject languages like Spanish and Polish and it states that an overt subject of an embedded clause cannot co-refer with a quantified or WH-word antecedent. My work looked at how heritage speakers treat this universal constraint in their weaker language. Results show that proficiency in the heritage language affects how the OPC is interpreted.
Currently, I am collecting data from advanced Hispanic heritage speakers in order to confirm my findings in my dissertation.
Additionally, I am collaborating with Dr. Tiffany Judy and we are in the beginning steps of creating a study that will look at Polish heritage speakers in Argentina.


Present Assistant Professor of Spanish, State University of New York College at Brockport

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Heritage Languages, Second Language Acquisition, and Bilingualism

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Contact Information

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Liberal Arts Building, 135
Brockport, NY, 14420


Generative Linguistics (2)

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PhD Dissertation (2)