Dr. Melisa Dracos

Dr. Melisa Dracos
Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor


Second Language Acquisition
Child language development
Heritage language acquisition
Spanish Linguistics


Carroll Science, room 407
(254) 710-4895


Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University (Hispanic Linguistics and Language Science; option - Applied Linguistics)
M.A. The Pennsylvania State University (Hispanic Linguistics)
M.A. Stony Brook University (Hispanic Languages and Literature)
B.A. Baylor University (Spanish, English)

Courses Taught

  • LING 3310: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 4303: Contemporary Syntax
  • LING 4313: Child Language Acquisition
  • LING 4303: Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 4318: Psycholinguistics

Selected Recent Publications

  • Dracos, Melisa, & Henry, Nick. (2021). The Role of Task-Essential Training and Working Memory in Offline and Online Morphological Processing. Languages, 6(1), 1-31.
  • Requena, Pablo E., and Dracos, Melisa. (2020). Spanish copula selection with adjectives in school-aged bilingual children. International Journal of Bilingualism. Advance online publication.
  • Dracos, Melisa, Requena, Pablo E., & Miller, Karen. (2019). Acquisition of mood selection in Spanish-speaking Children. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Language Development, 26(1), 106-118.
  • Seibert Hanson, Aroline E., and Dracos, Melisa (2019). The digital dilemma: L1 and L2 technology use, language learning, and motivation among US university students studying abroad. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 4(2), 224-251.
  • Dracos, Melisa, & Henry, Nick. (2018). The effects of task-essential training on L2 processing strategies and the development of Spanish verbal morphology. Foreign Language Annals 51(2), 344-368.
  • Requena, Pablo E. & Dracos, Melisa. (2018). Impermeability of L1 syntax: Spanish variable clitic placement in bilingual children. In: Bertolini, A.B. & M.J. Kaplan. Proceedings of the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development. (Volume 2) pp. 644-658. Somerville, MA. Cascadilla.
  • Dracos, Melisa. (2018). Teacher Talk and Spanish Subject Personal Pronouns. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching 5(1), 1-15.