Rena Torres Cacoullos

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Pennsylvania State University
249 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-1153
e-mail: rena (at) psu (dot) edu

Co-editor, Language Variation and Change


Research interests : Language variation, grammaticalization, language contact

Spanish-English bilingualism NSF 1019112

On language contact

Torres Cacoullos, Rena & Catherine E. Travis. 2015. Gauging convergence on the ground: Code-

        switching in the community. International Journal of Bilingualism. Special issue, Catherine Travis &

        Rena Torres Cacoullos (eds.). .abstract .pdf

Torres Cacoullos, Rena & Catherine E. Travis. 2015. Two languages, one effect: structural priming in

          spontaneous code-switching. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. abstract .pdf

Travis, Catherine E., Rena Torres Cacoullos & Evan Kidd. 2015. Cross-language priming: A view from

           bilingual speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. abstract .pdf

Torres Cacoullos, Rena & Catherine E. Travis. 2015. Foundations for the study of subject pronoun  

        expression in Spanish in contact with English: Assessing interlinguistic (dis)similarity via

        intralinguistic variability. Subject pronoun expression in Spanish: A cross-dialectal perspective, Ana M.

        Carvalho, Rafael Orozco & Naomi Lapidus Shin (eds.). Georgetown University Press. .pdf

Torres Cacoullos, Rena & Grant M. Berry. Language variation in U.S. Spanish: Social factors.

        Handbook of Spanish as a minority/heritage language, Kim Potowski (ed.). Routledge. .pdf


On language change

Torres Cacoullos, Rena. 2015. Gradual loss of analyzability: Diachronic priming effects.

        Variation in language: System- and usage-based approaches, Aria Adli, Marco García García & Göz 

        Kaufmann (eds.). De Gruyter. pdf

Poplack, Shana & Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2015. Linguistic emergence on the ground: a variationist

         paradigm. The Handbook of Language Emergence, Brian MacWhinney & William O’ Grady    

         (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell. .pdf

Bauman, Joseph & Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2016. The generalization of preposition para via fusion

         and ensuing loss of analyzability. Romance Linguistics 2013. Christina Tortora et al (eds.). John

         Benjamins. .pdf