Rena Torres Cacoullos

Rena Torres Cacoullos

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics



Lab Affiliation:

Code Switching in the Community

Research Interests:

  • Language variation and change
  • Grammaticalization
  • Language contact
  • Spanish linguistics


Recent Publications:

Torres Cacoullos, R. and Jessica Vélez Avilés. (accepted). Mixing adjectives: A variable equivalence hypothesis for bilingual word order conflicts. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

LaCasse, D. & Torres Cacoullos, R. 2023. Simplification in bilinguals’ parallel structures? Spanish and English main-and-complement clauses. Mutual Influence in Situations of Spanish Language Contact in the Americas, M. Waltermire & K. Bove (eds)

Torres Cacoullos, R. & Travis, C. 2018/2020. Bilingualism in the community: Code-switching and grammars in contact. Cambridge University Press.

Torres Cacoullos, R. 2020. Code-switching strategies: Prosody and syntax. Frontiers in Psychology.

Torres Cacoullos, R., Dion, N., LaCasse D., & Poplack, S. 2021. How to mix: Confronting “mixed” NP models and bilinguals’ choices. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. 

Torres Cacoullos, R. & Travis, C. 2020. Code-switching and bilinguals’ grammars. The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact, E. Adamou & Y. Matras (eds.).

Torres Cacoullos, R. & Travis, C. 2019. Gramáticas en contacto en un corpus bilingüe. Corpus y construcciones: perspectivas hispánicas, V. Vázquez Rozas et al. (eds.).

Torres Cacoullos, R. & Travis, C. 2019. Variationist typology: Shared probabilistic constraints across (non-)null subject languagesLinguistics 57.3.


Current Grants:

National Science Foundation, 2016-2022, Code-Switching in spontaneous bilingual speech.’ Co-PI: Shana Poplack. BCS 1624966

Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Nicholas Evans (director), Australian National University, 2013-2021. Partner Investigator (PI).

Rena Torres Cacoullos