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Paul Malovrh

Title: Associate Professor
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. Most recently, he has turned his attention to advanced-level acquisition, specifically, and its relationship with curricular design and contemporary professional expectations. He is under contract with Cambridge University Press to write the monograph, Advanced-Level Spanish: SLA, Foreign Language Pedagogy, and the Pursuit of Professional Standards, and is also under contract to co-edit with Alessandro Benati, The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition, for Wiley-Blackwell’s handbook series. His current research agenda also addresses morphological variability and its relationship with lexical representation, and explores foreign-language learning processes among at-risk learners. He has lived and worked in Chile, the United Kingdom, and throughout Asia, and he directed USC’s study abroad program in Costa Rica in 2011.

Research Interests

Advanced interlanguage development; psycholinguistic processing strategies; task-induced variation in second-language production; morphological variability;foreign-language pedagogy among at-risk learners

Selected Publications

Malovrh, P.A.(forthcoming). Advanced-Level Spanish: SLA, Foreign Langauge Pedagogy, and the Pursuit of Professional Standards. Cambridge University Press. [under contract]
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
Malovrh, P.A. & A. Benati (Eds.). (forthcoming). The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second-Language Acquisition. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. [under contract]

Articles and Chapters
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: