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Laka Mugarza, Itziar


Itziar Laka (Ondarroa, Bizkaia, 1962) is Full Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies and director of The Bilingual Mind research group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She graduated in 1990 (MIT) with a dissertation entitled Negation in Syntax: On the Nature of Functional Categories and Projections, (published in 1994 by Garland), and was Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Rochester (New York) during 1990-1995.  She has been invited professor at the Universities of Vienna, Utrecht, Naples and Río de Janeiro, and invited research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities (NIAS), and the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset (Madrid) among others. She is corresponding member of Euskaltzaindia, the Royal Academy for the Basque Language, and author of A Brief Grammar of Euskara, the Basque Language (1996), freely available on the internet. Her current research combines theoretical linguistics and experimental methods from psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics to inquire into the neural representation and processing of language, with a strong focus on syntax and bilingualism.

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