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Dr. David  Giancaspro
Dr. David Giancaspro
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Grants and Fellowships

GAANN Fellowship (2015-2017)


2016: Most Promising Young Scholar Award, 3rd Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, University of Oregon

2013: Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Outstanding MA Student, University of Florida

2011: Sterling A. Stoudemire Award for Spanish Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill


Invited Talks

2016    Binomial Logistic Regression in Bilingualism Research: An Introduction, Rutgers University

2016    The Effects of Community and Complexity on Heritage Speakers' Production of Subjunctive, Texas Tech University

Conference Presentations

2020    Twelfth Heritage Language Research Institute, State College, PA
Mood swings: Effects of verb regularity on heritage speakers' knowledge of subjunctive morphology in Spanish (w. S. Perez-Cortes & J. Higdon) 

2020    Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Albuquerque, NM

Frequency and regularity effects in heritage speakers' knowledge of mood in Spanish (w. S. Perez-Cortes & J. Higdon)

2019    6th Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, McAllen, TX
Proficiency and age of acquisition of English affect heritage speakers’ subjunctive usage 

2019    Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World, Leiden, Netherlands
Agreeing to agree (but disagreeing how): Innovation in heritage speakers’ expression of possession (w. L. Sánchez) 

2018    Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Toronto, Canada
Inalienable possession in heritage speakers: Evidence for the activation hypothesis (w. L. Sánchez)

2018    5th Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Iowa City, IA
More than just mood: Heritage speakers’ lexically-limited subjunctive knowledge

2018    5th Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Iowa City, IA
Innovation in heritage speakers’ production of inalienable possession (w. L. Sánchez)

2018    Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC
Not in the MoodP: Lexical variability in heritage speakers’ subjunctive knowledge

2017    Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Lubbock, TX
Verb frequency effects in heritage speakers' knowledge of subjunctive mood

2016    Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Washington, DC
Heritage speakers' production and comprehension of subjunctive mood morphology

2016    GALANA 7, Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Development in L3 acquisition: is native language transfer harder to overcome? (w. J. Cabrelli-Amaro, M. Iverson & B. Halloran)

2015    3rd Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Eugene, Oregon
The effects of community and complexity on heritage speakers' production of subjunctive forms

2015    Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Heritage speakers' production of intensional and polarity subjunctive

2015    Lost in Transmission: the role of attrition and input in heritage language development, Reading, UK
Heritage speakers' variable (and systematic) production of subjunctive forms

2015    GASLA 13, Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, Bloomington, IN
The acquisition of scalar implicatures in L2 Spanish (w. D. Miller, M. Iverson, J. Rothman & R. Slabakova)

2014    Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, West-Lafayette, IN
L2 learners' judgments of code-switching at the subject-predicate boundary

2013    95th AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) Conference, San Antonio, TX
Transfer in L3 acquisition of Brazilian Portuguese: the case of differential object marking in Spanish-English bilinguals (w. B. Halloran & M. Iverson)

2012    Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Gainesville, FL
Examining L3 transfer: the acquisition of differential object marking in L3 Brazilian Portuguese

2012    Third Language (L3) Acquisition: A Focus on Cognitive Approaches, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Examining transfer models: the acquisition of differential object marking in L3 Brazilian Portuguese (w. B. Halloran)


Giancaspro, D. (2019). The later bird gets the verb?: Effects of age of acquisition of English on adult heritage speakers’ knowledge of subjunctive mood in Spanish. Languages, 4(3), 1-33.

Giancaspro, D. (2019). Over, under, and around: Spanish heritage speakers’ production (and avoidance) of subjunctive mood. Heritage Language Journal, 16(1), 44-70.

Giancaspro, D. (2015). Code-switching at the auxiliary-VP boundary: a comparison of heritage speakers and L2 learners. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 5(3), 379-407. 

Giancaspro, D., Halloran, B., & Iverson, M. (2015). Transfer at the initial stages of L3 Brazilian Portuguese: A look at three groups of Spanish-English bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18(2), 191-207.


Austin, J., Sánchez, L., Perez-Cortes, S. & Giancaspro, D. (forthcoming). The development of person and number agreement in child heritage speakers of Spanish learning English as a second language. In G. Martohardjono & S. Flynn (Eds.), Language in Development and Use: A Crosslinguistic Perspective. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Giancaspro, D. (2020). Not in the mood: frequency effects in heritage speakers' knowledge of subjunctive mood. In B. Brehmer & J. Treffers-Daller (Eds.), Lost in Transmission: The Role of Attrition and Input in Heritage Language Development (pp. 72-97). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Cabrelli, J., Iverson, M., Giancaspro, D., & Halloran, B. (2020). The roles of L1 Spanish versus L2 Spanish in L3 Portuguese morphosyntactic development. In K.V. Molsing, C.B. Lopes Perna & A.M. Tramunt Ibaños (Eds.) Linguistic Approaches to Portuguese as an Additional Language (pp. 11-33). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Miller, D., Giancaspro, D., Iverson, M., Rothman, J., & Slabakova, R. (2016). Not just algunos but indeed unos: L2ers can acquire scalar implicatures in Spanish. In A. Alba de la Fuente, E. Valenzuela, & C. Martínez-Sanz (Eds.), Language Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in Honour of Juana Liceras (pp. 125-145). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Rothman, J., Giancaspro, D., & Halloran, B. (2014).On the structural basis of non-redundant acquisition: Evidence from Spanish bilingual L3 Portuguese. In P. Amaral & A.M. Carvalho (eds.), Portuguese-Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, Synchrony and Contact (pp. 318-334). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Giancaspro, D. (2013). L2 learners' and heritage speakers' judgments of code-switching at the auxiliary-VP boundary. In J. Cabrelli-Amaro, G. Lord, A. Prada Pérez, & J. Aaron (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (pp. 56-70). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. 

Ph.D., Rutgers University 2017
M.A., University of Florida 2013
Hispanic linguistics
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2011
Contact Information
#330 Carole Weinstein International Center
(804) 484-1543
Areas of Expertise
Spanish morphosyntax
Heritage speaker bilingualism
Second language acquisition
Cross-linguistic influence/transfer
Third language acquisition