Dr. Alena Kirova

Assistant Professor

Instructor: Alena Kirova 
Office: 513 DeBartolo
Office Phone: (330) 941-1629
E-Mail: akirova@ysu.edu

At YSU since Fall 2016 

Your highest earned degree, granting institution, and year (e.g.--MFA, Iowa, 1999; Ph.D., Kent State, 2001; etc.)

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2016 

A short statement of teaching and research interests
My primary research interests lie in the area of language processing and second language acquisition. Some of the fundamental questions in the field have to do with how we process, acquire and represent language in the mind. In my research work I attempt to shed light on some of the aspects of these questions by adding experimental data to the growing literature on the subject matter. In particular, I have been working on the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax by English and Russian native speakers and on gender processing in Russian. Recently, I have been interested in how we make decisions differently when speaking our native language vs. a second or a heritage language. 
A short list of recent publications (if applicable)

Camacho, J., & Kirova, A. (2018). Adverb placement among heritage speakers of Spanish. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 3 (1), 53 . DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.430

Camacho, J., Kirova, A. (2015) “Does agreement affect the syntax of bare nominal subjects in Russian-Spanish bilinguals?” In R. Klassen, J. M. Liceras & E. Valenzuela (Eds.), Hispanic Linguistics at the Crossroads: Theoretical linguistics, language acquisition and language contact (pp.169–190). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. DOI: 10.1075/ihll.4

The courses (undergraduate and graduate) you regularly teach at YSU

Introduction to Language, Principles of Linguistic Study, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Intensive Spanish Review, Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition

Any special projects or service initiatives with which you're presently involved (e.g.--Literature Coordinator, MFA Director, Working Class Studies Director, editor for a journal, etc.) 

Coordinator of the Spanish Program 

Any affiliated faculty status (e.g.--Africana Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, etc.)
Cross-appointed at the Department of English and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 
Anything else relevant to your life at YSU or in the profession, more broadly

Worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Cognition and Decision Making, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow in Spring 2016.