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Bradley Hoot

  • Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs in Modern Languages
  • ​​​​PhD
  • Modern Languages; Spanish
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.3210
  • SAC 334

Dr. Hoot’s research uses quantitative experimental methods to investigate how language knowledge is represented in the bilingual mind, with particular interest in heritage languages, second language acquisition, linguistic theory (especially information structure), and the syntax of code-switching.


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Studies (Linguistics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies (Applied Linguistics), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Florida, 2003

Dr . Hoot's research interests include:

  • Bilingualism
  • Information Structure
  • Code-switching
  • Linguistic theory
  • Heritage languages
  • Language acquisition
  • Spanish in the United States
  • Quantitative/experimental methodology

Courses Taught

  • Spanish Language
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • Spanish Phonology and Phonetics
  • The Structure of Spanish
  • Spanish in the United States
  • Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • Honors Topics in Cognitive Studies (Linguistics)

Select Publications

  • Leal, T., Destruel, E., & Hoot, B. (2018). The acquisition of information focus in L2 Spanish. Second Language Research (Published online ahead of print, Jul. 2018).
  • Ebert, S. & Hoot, B. (2018). That-trace effects in Spanish/English Code-Switching. In L. López (Ed.), Code-switching: theoretical questions, experimental answers (pp. 101-145). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi: 10.1075/ihll.19.05ebe
  • Hoot, B. (2018). Focus in heritage Hungarian. Language Acquisition (Published online ahead of print, Jan. 2018).  doi: 10.1080/10489223.2017.1393078
  • Leal, T., Destruel, E., & Hoot, B. (2018). The Realization of Information Focus in Monolingual and Bilingual Native Spanish. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 8(2), 217-251. doi: 10.1075/lab.16009.lea
  • Hoot, B. (2017). Narrow presentational focus in heritage Spanish and the syntax-discourse interface. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(1), 63-95. doi: 10.1075/lab.14021.hoo
  • Hoot, B. (2016). Narrow presentational focus in Mexican Spanish: Experimental evidence. Probus, 28(2), 335-365. doi: 10.1515/probus-2014-0004


Dr. Hoot is the coordinator for Spanish tutors, the chair of the department’s Spanish Linguistics committee, and the chair of the Spanish program’s submission committee for Creating Knowledge, the LAS journal of undergraduate scholarship. He is also the co-chair of Bilingualism Matters Chicago.