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Manuel Pulido-Azpíroz

Manuel Pulido-Azpíroz
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

246 Burrowes

Phone: (814) 863-9542

Curriculum Vitae:



PhD, Dual Title in Spanish Linguistics and Language Science, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Spanish Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Foreign Language Teaching, the University of Navarra

Research Interests:

Second language acquisition, usage-based approaches, desirable difficulties in learning, multiword units, eye-tracking, brain event-related potentials (ERPs)


My research investigates how adults process and learn a new language with limited input, as well as how they generalize their knowledge to novel contexts. I also explore how individual-based cognitive differences account for diversity among learners. Much of my work focuses on the bilingual lexicon, and particularly on multi-word units that are specific to a second language. My students and I approach these questions by using various methods in the CoALA lab (Cognition of Adult Language Acquisition), such as electrophysiology (ERPs), eye-tracking and corpus data.

Selected publications: 

  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2023). Generalizing knowledge of L2 collocations: The influence of within- language and cross-language similarity on acceptability and ERPs. Language Learning, 3(73).
  • Pulido, Manuel. F. (2022). Processing conventional and non-conventional multiword units: Evidence of similarity-based generalization from judgements and brain potentials. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. First View.
  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2022) Why are multiword units hard to acquire for late L2 learners? Insights from cognitive science on adult learning, processing and retrieval. Linguistics Vanguard, 8(1), 237-247.
  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2021). Individual chunking ability predicts efficient or shallow L2 processing: Eye-tracking evidence from multiword units in relative clauses. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 4004
  • Pulido, Manuel F. (2021). Native language inhibition predicts more successful second language learning: Evidence of two ERP pathways during learning. Neuropsychologia. 152, 107732. 
  • 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 and Cognition, 23(3), 652-667.


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