Dr. Alena Kirova

Associate Professor
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Dr. Alena Kirova

Associate Professor

English & World Languages

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Office: 513 DeBartolo
Office Phone: (330) 941-1629

At YSU since Fall 2016.


Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2016

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.

Recent Publications

  • 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


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

Service and Affiliated Faculty Status

  • Coordinator of the Spanish Program
  • Cross-appointed at the Department of English and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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