Victoria Mateu

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Victoria Mateu completed her Ph.D. in 2016 at the UCLA Department of Linguistics and then held a position as Lecturer in Linguistics and Lab Manager of the UCLA Language Lab for three years. She joined the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2019.

The core of her research program consists in using experimental methodologies to investigate how children and adults represent language, particularly Spanish. Specifically, she is interested in investigating: (i) what morphosyntactic constraints operate in these two populations, and (ii) crosslinguistic differences – between Spanish and English primarily – and what divergent developmental paths can tell us about the underlying grammars of these languages. She is also interested in language processing and assessing whether children’s difficulties have their roots in their developing grammar or their developing performance system.

In addition to child and adult L1 syntax, she has also investigated word prosody and segmentation abilities in monolingual and bilingual Spanish and English infants, and is interested in further exploring how different populations acquire linguistic properties particular to Spanish.


  • Ph.D. (2016). Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles.
  • M.A. (2013). Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles.
  • B.A. (2011). English Philology, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Granada (Spain)


  • Language Acquisition with an emphasis on Spanish and English
      •  Acquisition of syntactic structures
      • Word and morpheme segmentation in infants
      • First Language Acquisition
      • Bilingualism
  • Theoretical Syntax, particularly syntax of Romance languages (Spanish, Catalan)
  • Language Processing


Mateu, Victoria E. & Nina Hyams (to appear). On children’s late acquisition of raising seem and control promise: Is a unified account possible? In Adriana Belleti & Chris Collins (eds.) Smuggling volume in Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.​

Mateu, Victoria & Nina Hyams. (in press). The structure of silence: A look at children’s comprehension of sluicing. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society [NELS 49].

Mateu, Victoria E. (2019). Intervention effects in the acquisition of raising: Evidence from English and Spanish. Language Acquisition.1-34.

Mateu, Victoria E. & Nina Hyams (2019). On the learnability of implicit arguments. In Ionin, Tania & Matthew Rispoli (eds.) Three Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

Sundara, Megha & Victoria Mateu. (2018). Lexical stress constrains English-learning infants’ segmentation in a non-native language. Cognition 181. 105-116.

Mateu, Victoria E., Nina Hyams & Lauren Winans. (2018). Intervention effects in early grammar: Evidence from sluicing. Proceedings of the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development [BUCLD 42].  Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Mateu, Victoria E. (2018). What cross-linguistic acquisition differences can tell us about invisible syntax: The case of Spanish ‘parecer’. Proceedings of the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development [BUCLD 41]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Nina Hyams, Victoria Mateu, & Lauren Winans. (2017). Ellipsis meets wh-movement: Sluicing in early grammar. In LaCara, Nicholas; Moulton, Keir; & Tessier, Anne Michelle (eds.) A Schrift to Fest Kyle Johnson. Linguistics Open Access Publications. 1.

Mateu, Victoria E. & Nina Hyams. (2016). One is the loneliest number: The acquisition of Spanish indefinite ‘un’. Proceedings of the Generativist Approaches to Language Acquisition: North America 6 [GALANA 6]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Charnavel, Isabelle & Victoria E. Mateu. (2015). The Clitic Binding Restriction revisited: Evidence for Antilogophoricity. The Linguistic Review 32(4). 671-701.

Hyams, Nina, Victoria Mateu, Michael Putnam, Robyn Orfitelli, Jason Rothman, & Liliana Sánchez. (2015). Parameters in language acquisition. In A. Fabregas, J. Mateu, & M. Putnam (eds.) Contemporary linguistic parameters. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Charnavel, Isabelle & Victoria E. Mateu. (2015). Antilogophoricity in clitic clusters. Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics [WCCFL      32]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Mateu, Victoria E. (2014). Object clitic omission in child Spanish: Evaluating representational and processing accounts. Language Acquisition 22. 240-284.

Mateu, Victoria E. (2014). Clitic Omission in Spanish-speaking children: Evaluating the roles of competence and performance. Proceedings of the 38th Boston University Conference on Language Development [BUCLD 38]. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.