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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Paul Malovrh

Title: Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Linguistics Program
Prof. Paul Malovrh


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2008
MAT, Marquette University, 2003
BA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996


Dr. Malovrh specializes in SLA, applied Hispanic linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy.  Working within a cognitive framework, he investigates interlanguage development and the underlying psycholinguistic strategies constraining it.  His current research agenda addresses advanced language proficiency, specifically, and its relationship with curricular design and contemporary professional expectations of multilingualism.  He is also part of a multinational team of researchers investigating online processing strategies in different learning contexts, comparing deductive and inductive instructional approaches, and exploring the effects of depth or processing on language learning and retention. 

Research Interests

Advanced interlanguage development; psycholinguistic processing strategies; task-induced variation in second-language production; development of oral and written proficiency through instructional intervention; online processing in deductive and inductive instructional contexts 

Selected Publications

Malovrh, P.A. & N. Moreno. (forthcoming).  Pursuing Advanced Spanish: Second Language         
Research and Foreign Language Pedagogy
.  Cambridge University Press.

Malovrh, P. A. & J. F. Lee. (2013). The Developmental Dimension in Instructed Second
Language Learning: The L2 Acquisition of Object Pronouns in Spanish. London: Bloomsbury.

Edited Volume
Menke, M. & P. A. Malovrh (Eds.).  (forthcoming 2020).  Advancedness in Second Language
Spanish: Definitions, Challenges and Possibilities.  Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Malovrh, P.A. & A. Benati (Eds.). (2018). The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second-Language Acquisition. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. [under contract]

Articles and Chapters
Lee, J.F., P. A. Malovrh, S. Doherty, & A. Nichols. (In press). An SPR study of the effects of Processing Instruction on the L2 processing of active and passive sentences. Language Teaching Research.

Moreno, N. & P. A. Malovrh. (In press).  Restructuring a beginner language program: A quantitative analysis of the effects of traditional face-to-face versus flipped-blended Spanish instruction. Hispania.

Malovrh, P.A. & M. Menke. (forthcoming 2020). The role of late-acquired structures in defining advancedness.  In M. Menke & P.A. Malovrh (Eds.), Advancedness in second language Spanish: Definitions, challenges and possibilities (pp. ). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Malovrh, P.A. & J.F. Lee. (forthcoming 2020). A concept-oriented analysis of advanced-level direct object expression in classroom and study-abroad contexts.  In M. Menke & P.A. Malovrh (Eds.), Advancedness in second language Spanish: Definitions, challenges and possibilities (pp. ).  Amsterdam: Benjamins. 

Menke, M. & P.A. Malovrh. (forthcoming 2020). The role of proficiency assessments in defining advancedness.  In M. Menke & P. A. Malovrh (Eds.), Advancedness in second language Spanish: Definitions, challenges and possibilities (pp. ). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Malovrh, P.A. and N. Moreno (2018).  One goal of instructed second language acquisition: Fostering advancedness amidst globalization.  In P.A. Malovrh & A. Benati (Eds.), The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition (pp. 199-218).  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Malovrh, P.A. (2014). Variability and systematicity in interlanguage development: An analysis of mode and its effect on L2 Spanish morphology. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 7(1): 43-78

Malovrh, P.A. (2013). “Object pronouns in a second language.” In K. Geeslin (Ed.), The
Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition, (pp. 185-201). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Malovrh, P.A. & J.F. Lee. (2010). “Connections between processing, production and placement: Acquiring object pronouns in Spanish as a second language.” In B. VanPatten, & J. Jegerski (Eds.), Second Language Processing and Parsing (pp. 231 – 256). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Lee, J.F. & P.A. Malorvh. (2009). Linguistic and non-linguistic factors affecting OVS processing of accusative and dative case pronouns by advanced L2 learners of Spanish. In J. Collentine (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 11th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp.105 - 116). Somerville, MA:Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Malovrh, P. A. (2006). L2 sentence processing of Spanish OVS word order and direct object
pronouns: An analysis of contextual constraints. In N. Sagarra & A. J. Toribio (Eds.)
Selected Proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 169-179). Somerville,
MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Data Elicitation and Instructional Tools

Please feel free to access my film, La tortilla rag (© Malovrh 2007) at the IRIS digital repository located at the following:

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