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Manuel Pulido-Azpíroz

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

246 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Thursdays 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and by appointment.

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. MA, Foreign Language Teaching, the University of Navarra
  2. MA, Spanish Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  3. Ph.D., Dual Title in Spanish Linguistics and Language Science, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests:

SLA, eye-tracking, ERPs, desirable difficulties in learning, multiword units, usage-based approaches.


I am originally from Pamplona, Spain, where I studied Spanish Language and Literature and earned an MA in Foreign Language Teaching at the Universidad de Navarra. Before coming to Penn State, I held teaching appointments at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2008-2009), the Universidad de Navarra (2009-2014), and the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia-Pamplona (2010-2014). I completed a second MA in Spanish Linguistics, and earned a Dual Title in Spanish Linguistics and Language Science at Penn State.

My main research interests lie in second language processing and learning, and in exploring the connection between input, processing and learning outcomes. I approach these questions by using electrophysiology (ERPs) and eye tracking. Some of my recent work focused on understanding the cognitive mechanisms involved in processing and learning multi-word units (i.e., conventional expressions). In my current work I explore a "desirable difficulties" approach to second language learning. In a related line of research, I investigate how non-native speakers generalize what they learn in a new language.

Selected publications: 

  • Pulido, Manuel F. (accepted). Remapping variable subject position in Spanish intransitives: A proposal for functionally defined categories in motion verbs. Spanish in Context, 18.2.
  • Pulido, Manuel F. & Paola E. Dussias, (2020). Desirable difficulties while learning collocations in a second language: Conditions that induce L1 interference improve learning. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition. DOI: 10.1017/s1366728919000622
  • Pulido, Manuel F. & Paola E. Dussias, (2019). The Neural Correlates of Conflict Detection and Resolution During Multiword Lexical Selection: Evidence from Bilinguals and Monolinguals. Brain Sciences, 9, 110. DOI: 10.3390/brainsci9050110
  • Dussias, P. E., Beatty-Martínez, A. L., Johns, M. A., & Pulido, M. (2019). Sentence Processing in Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers. Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199772810-0231


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