My name is Victoria Mateu [vɪk.ˈtɔ.ɹi.ə mə.ˈte.ʊ]. I completed my Ph.D. in 2016 at the UCLA Department of Linguistics and then held a position as Lecturer in Linguistics and Lab Manager of the UCLA Language Lab for three years. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


My primary area of interest is first language acquisition (particularly Spanish but also English). My research generally investigates whether children’s difficulties in the syntactic domain have their roots in their developing grammar, or their developing performance system. I am also interested in theoretical syntax, language processing, and word prosody and the insights that cross-linguistic and acquisition data can provide on these topics.


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Recent & Upcoming events:


  • Paper accepted in Journal of Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics. 'The syntax and acquisition of Mandarin sluice-like constructions' (with Minqi Liu & Nina Hyams).

  • JUN. 7, 2019: Talk at Harbor-UCLA Neurology Grand Rounds, Torrance, CA. On the structure and acquisition of the Human Language.

  • Obtained Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award for the year 2018-2019.

  • JAN. 3-6, 2019: Poster at LSA 2019, New York, NY. Intervention and animacy: A look at relative clauses and sluices in child English.


UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese
5310 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532


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