Mark Amengual
  • Title
    • Professor and Department Chair
    • Director, UCSC Bilingualism Research Lab
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Affiliations Spanish Studies, Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-5341 (office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 134 Humanities Bldg 1
  • Office Hours Email me for an appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Bilingualism, Multilingualism; Heritage Languages; Language and Linguistics
  • Courses SPAN 152: Spanish in the U.S., SPAN 151: Varieties of Spanish, SPAN 150: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, SPAN 140: The Sounds of Spanish (Spanish Phonetics), SPAN 114: Advanced Conversation & Composition, APLX 102: The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism

Summary of Expertise

Bilingualism, Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish in the U.S, Language Contact

Research Interests

Bilingualism, experimental phonetics, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and Romance linguistics

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Universitat de les Illes Balears

Selected Publications


  • -Amengual, M. (2021). The acoustic realization of language-specific phonological categories despite dynamic cross-linguistic influence in bilingual and trilingual speech. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 149(2), 1271-1284. 


  • -Mulík, S., Amengual, M., Avecilla, G., Carrasco-Ortíz, H. (2021). The vowel system of Santiago Mexquititlán Otomi (Hñäñho). Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 1-21.


  • -Mulík, S., Corona, B., Amengual, M., & Carrasco-Ortíz, H., (2021). Perfil psicolingüístico de los bilingües otomí (hñäñho)-español, migrantes de Santiago Mexquititlán a Santiago de Querétaro, México. Cuadernos de Lingüística de El Colegio de México


  • -Carrasco-Ortíz, H., Amengual, M., & Gries, S. Th. (2021). Cross-language effects of phonological and orthographic similarity in cognate word recognition: the role of language dominance. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1-29


  • -Amengual, M., & Simonet, M. (2020). Language dominance does not always predict cross-linguistic interactions in bilingual speech production. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 10(6), 141-166


  • -Simonet, M., & Amengual, M. (2020). Increased language co-activation leads to enhanced cross-linguistic phonetic convergence. International Journal of Bilingualism, 24(2), 208-221.


  • -Mulík, S., Carrasco-Ortíz, H., & Amengual, M. (2019). Phonological activation of L1 (Spanish) and L2 (English) when learning L3 (Slovak) novel words. International Journal of Bilingualism, 23(5), 1025-1040.


  • -Amengual, M. (2019). Type of early bilingualism and its effect on the acoustic realization of allophonic variants: early sequential and simultaneous bilinguals. International Journal of Bilingualism, 23(5), 954-970.


  • -Amengual, M. (2018). Asymmetrical interlingual influence in the production of Spanish and English laterals as a result of competing activation in bilingual language processing. Journal of Phonetics, 69, 12-28.


  • -Amengual, M. (2016). Acoustic correlates of the Spanish tap-trill contrast: Heritage and L2 Spanish speakers. Heritage Language Journal, 13(2), Special issue on the phonetic and phonological systems of heritage languages, 88-112.


  • -Amengual, M. (2016). Cross-linguistic influence in the bilingual mental lexicon: evidence of cognate effects in the phonetic production and processing of a vowel contrast. Frontiers in Psychology (Language Sciences), 7: 617. Research Topic: Phonology in the Bilingual and Bidialectal Lexicon.


  • -Gutiérrez, M.E, and Amengual, M. (2016). Perceptions of standard and nonstandard language varieties: the influence of ethnicity and heritage language experience. Heritage Language Journal, 13(1), 55-79.


  • -Amengual, M. (2016). The perception and production of language-specific mid-vowel contrasts: shifting the focus to the bilingual individual in early language input conditions. International Journal of Bilingualism, 20(2), 133-152.


  • -Amengual, M. (2016). The perception of language-specific phonetic categories does not guarantee accurate phonological representations in the lexicon of early bilinguals. Applied Psycholinguistics.37, 1221-1251.


  • -Amengual, M., and Chamorro, P. (2015). The effects of language dominance in the perception and production of the Galician mid-vowel contrasts. Phonetica, 72(4), 207-236.  


  • -Brown, E. L., and Amengual, M. (2015). Fine-grained and probabilistic cross-linguistic influence in the pronunciation of cognates: Evidence from corpus-based spontaneous conversation and experimentally elicited data. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics8, 1, 59-83.   


  • -Bullock, B. E., Toribio, A.J., and Amengual, M. (2014). The status of s in Dominican Spanish. Lingua, 143, 20-35. 


  • Amengual, M. (2012). Interlingual influence in bilingual speech: Cognate status effect in a continuum of bilingualism. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15(3), 517-530.