Alexandra Lawn

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  • Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
  • M.A. Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
  • B.A. Spanish and Latin American Studies, California State University Fullerton (2015)


My research is centered around the role of memory in human sentence processing. In particular, I am interested in how linguistic cues, primarily morphological and structural, affect the process of information retrieval in real-time sentence comprehension. In addition, I explore how theoretical issues in syntax interact with current encoding and retrieval models. Although my early research began with a heavy concentration in Spanish, the majority of my work is now focused on Brazilian Portuguese and other Romance languages.

I completed my PhD in Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles (2020). Throughout my PhD, I was an active member of the Language Processing Lab (UCLA Department of Linguistics) and conducted most of my research with this group. My dissertation is entitled: “The Varying Roles of Morphosyntax in Memory and Sentence Processing: Encoding and Retrieval Interference in Brazilian Portuguese.”


Please see my current CV on my personal website for an updated list of publications and presentation.