Agustina Carando


Position Title
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Director of Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program

613 Sproul Hall


Agustina Carando was born in Córdoba, Argentina, and came to the United States at the age of 20. As a native Spanish speaker immersed in an English context, she became interested in the ways that bilinguals use their two languages and how one may influence the other, leading to long term changes in their mental grammar. Currently, her research focuses on the structural innovations produced by heritage speakers of Spanish. Working with spontaneous and experimental data, she seeks to explore the ways that languages interact in the bilingual mind, how similarities and differences between the grammars are negotiated, what structures might be more or less vulnerable and under what circumstances, the role of frequency of exposure and, ultimately, the internal mechanisms underlying linguistic change.


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, City University of New York
  • B.A. in English Literature and Honors in Humanities, William Paterson University


  • Spanish in the United States
  • Bilingualism and Language Change
  • Psycholinguistics


Fernández, E.M., De Souza, R.A. and Carando, A. (2016) "Bilingual innovations: Experimental evidence offers clues regarding the psycholinguistics of language change", Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, pp. 1–18. DOI: