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Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez

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I am a PhD candidate in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Under the direction of Prof. Anna María Escobar, I am currently working on my dissertation Differential Object Marking in Basque: grammaticalization, attitudes and ideological representations. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Morphosyntax, Grammaticalization, Typology, Phonology, Intonation, Sociolinguistics, Language Contact, Language Variation, Language Identity, Language Ideology, Minorities, Basque Linguistics.

Research Description

  • My dissertation focuses on the typologically common phenomenon of Differential Object Marking (DOM) in order to understand the processes by which Basque DOM has emerged as a contact-phenomenon in the speech of different Spanish-Basque bilinguals (native, early sequential and second language learners), but not among French-Basque bilinguals. Additionally, I investigate the linguistic attitudes behind each contact-scenario to understand how linguistic ideologies play a role in the development of those linguistic processes.


  • PhD in Spanish Linguistics with SLATE certificate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Expected 2016)
  • MA in Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2011)
  • BA in English Philology, University of Deusto, Bilbao (2009)


  • Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship (AY 2015-2016)
  • Darlene Wolf Fellowship (Spanish and Portuguese Department) (AY 2015-2016)
  • Graduate College Nina Baym Dissertation Completion Fellowship (AY 2015-2016)
  • Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant (Summer 2015)


Journal Articles

  • Lyons, Kate, and Itxaso Rodriguez. "Public Legacies: Spanish-English (in)authenticity in the linguistic landscape of Pilsen, Chicago.." Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21.2 (2015):
  • "The acquisition of nominal and verbal inflectional morphology: Evidence from Basque ergativity in adult L2 speakers." Online Proceedings Supplement of the 39 Boston University Conference on Language Development. (2015): <>.
  • "Contact-induced phenomena in Gernika Basque: The case of Dative Over-Marking." Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. (2013): 236-251. <>.