Research interests.

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Psycholinguistics. Bilingual sentence production / comprehension. Second language acquistion. I’m interested in the production and comprehension processes that bilingual speakers carry out in their second language: the relation with the first language, and the evolution that takes place along with proficiency changes. Additionally, I’m also interested in cross-linguistic differences in psycholinguistic processes by adult monolingual speakers. In the present moment, I’m studying the influence of animacy in language production by bilingual speakers.

Academic background

April 2013 – Present.

Phd candidate. Project Center for Brain Science of Language and Cognition. Graduate School of Education. Hiroshima University.

Under the supervision of Prof. Hiromu Sakai.

September 2010 – Present.

Phd candidate. Doctoral program “Cognition and Disorders”. Faculty of Psychology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Under the supervision of Prof. José Manuel Igoa.

April 2011 – March 2013

MA degree. Speciality of Hispanic studies, Deparment of Foreign language studies. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Thesis title: “Semantic cues in relative clause production by Spanish speakers learning Japanese.” Under the supervision of Prof. Montserrat Sanz.

September 2007 – September 2010

Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (Master equivalent). Speciality of Psychology of Education. Faculty of Psychology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Thesis title: “El uso de claves sintácticas y semánticas en la adquisición y el procesamiento de oraciones relativas y completivas en japonés como segunda lengua” (The use od syntactic and semantic cues in the acquisition and processing of relative and completive clauses in Japanese as a Second Language). Under the supervision of Prof. José Manuel Igoa.

April 2009 – March 2011

Research student. Speciality of Hispanic studies, Deparment of Foreign language studies. Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.

Under the supervision of Prof. Montserrat Sanz.

September 2002 – June 2007

Licenciatura (Five-years bachelor degree) in Psychology. Faculty of Psychology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Research scholarships and collaborations

2009 – Present.

Full Scholarship, provided by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for graduate students in Japan:

Þ   2013 – Present. Phd studies in Hiroshima University. Supervisor: Prof. Hiromu Sakai.

Þ   2009 – 2013. Research period and MA degree in Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Supervisor: Prof. Montserrat Sanz.

October 2007 – September 2009

Postgraduate Studies Scholarship, provided by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. (period:).

In collaboration with the research project entitled: Learning the non-univocal correspondences between two typologically different languages: problems in the acquisition of Japanese by Spanish native speakers.

Supervisors: Professors José Manuel Igoa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Montserrat Sanz (Kobe University of Foreign Studies).

October 2006 – September 2007

Undergraduate collaboration grant, provided by the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of Spain.

In collaboration with the research project:  Problems in the acquisition of Japanese as a second language by Spanish speakers learners.

Supervisor: Prof. José Manuel Igoa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), in collaboration with professor Montserrat Sanz (Kobe University of Foreign Studies).

2012 – Present.

Collaboration in the Research Project entitled “Procesamiento léxico y sintáctico en el hablante bilingüe: Variables que influyen en la activación entre lenguas” (Lexical and syntactical processing in the bilingual speaker: variables that influence on the activation between languages), awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Head researcher: Pilar Ferré (Universitat Rovira i Virgila).

2012 – Present.

Collaboration in the Research Project entitled ”A field-based cognitive neuroscientific study of the processing of OS-type languages”, awarded by the Japan Society for the promotion of Science. Head researcher: Prof. Masatoshi Koizumi (Tohoku University).

Participation in conferences

Oral presentation, at the 9th International Symposium of Bilingualism. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 10th – 13th June 2013.

Title: “The acquisition of completive sentences by Spanish speakers learning Japanese: restructuring processes led by non-univocal correspondences”.

Authors: Rodrigo, L. (Hiroshima University, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Sanz, M. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies), Igoa, J. M. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Poster presentation, at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics. University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain), 20th – 23th March 2013.

Title: “Production of subordinate clauses with one-to-many L1-to-L2 correspondences by Spanish-speaking learners of Japanese”.

Authors: Rodrigo, L. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Igoa, J. M. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Sanz, M. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies).

Invited talk, at the II Simposium de Formación de profesores de ELE (2nd Symposium of Spanish as a Foreign language Training program). Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), 2nd – 4th November 2012. 

Title: “Aportaciones de la psicolingüística al estudio de ASL: la adquisición de construcciones no equivalentes entre la L1 y la L2”(Contributions of psycholinguistics to the study of SLA: the acquisition of non-equivalent constructions between L1 and L2)

Author: Rodrigo, L. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Oral presentation, at the 14th International Conference on the Processing of East Asian Languages. Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan), 26th – 28th October 2012.

Title: “The role of animacy in the production of Japanese relative clauses as an L2 by Spanish native speakers”.

Authors: Rodrigo, L. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Sanz, M. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies), Igoa, J. M. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Poster presentation, at the 14th International Conference on the Japanese Society for Language Sciences. Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan), 30th June – 1st July 2012. 

Title: “Acquisition of Japanese by native speakers of Spanish in structures with one-to-many L1-to-L2 correspondences: A production study”.

Authors: Rodrigo, L. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Sanz, M. (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies), Igoa, J. M. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Poster presentation, at the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals. Bangor University (Wales, UK), 23th – 26th October 2008.

Title: “The acquisition of a typologically distant foreign language: Spanish speakers learning Japanese structures with asymmetric correspondences in Spanish”.

Authors: Rodrigo, L., Igoa, J. M. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Sanz, M.(Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)

Working Experience:

September 2013 – Present.

Teaching Assitant, for Prof. Hiromu Sakai, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University.

June 2011

Conference Assistant, for the 49th Meeting of Societas Japonica Studiorum Romanicorum (Japanese Society of Romance Studies), held at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe (Japan),  June 4-5 2011.

September 2010 – February 2013

Collaboration in the organtization of Cultural Exchange Events, in Primary schools and Jidokan (Kobe, Japan)

May 2012 – February 2013

Part-time teacher of Spanish, at Maria Teresa Spanish School (Kobe, Japan).

February 2011 – February 2013

Teacher of the Spanish language course, at Kobe Cross Cultural Center (Kobe, Japan).

September 2009 – March 2013

Teacher of Spanish in private lessons (Kobe, Japan).

September 2009 – February 2012

Part-time teacher of Spanish, at Kiki Language School (Kobe, Japan).

January 2008 – March 2009

Training grant at the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Psychology, provided  by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Languages

Spanish – Native Speaker

English – Advanced level

Japanese – Advanced level (JPT Level 1)

French – Basic level