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I am a graduate student of Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) under the supervision of Itziar Laka. I studied a BA in English Philology at the University of Oviedo (Spain), which awakened my interest in the scientific study of language. Afterwards, I went on to complete an MA in Linguistics at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying filler-gap dependency comprehension.



Syntax, processing, experimental syntax, psycholinguistics



PhD student (2016-)
Advisor: Itziar Laka
Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

PhD visiting student (September-December 2017)
Department of Linguistics
University of Maryland (College Park), USA

MA Linguistics (2015)
Thesis: Testing Syntactic Islands in Spanish
Advisor: Itziar Laka
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

Honors Thesis (2014)
Title: The Subjunctive Mood in Spanish and English: A Contrastive Study
Advisor: Ana Ojea
University of Oviedo, Spain

BA English Philology (five-year program) (2014)
University of Oviedo, Spain



López-Sancio, S. & E. Lau. (2018). ERP indices of encoding effects in wh-dependency processing. Poster at AMLaP 2018, Berlin (Germany), September 6-8, 2018. [pdf]

López-Sancio, S. & I. Laka. (2017). Subject island variation across dependency types in Spanish and Italian. Poster at AMLaP 2017, Lancaster (UK), September 5-7, 2017.

López-Sancio, S. (2017). An experimental evaluation of subject islands in Spanish and Italian. Talk at  the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference, Menorca (Spain), June 28, 2017.

López-Sancio, S. (2016). Testing syntactic islands in Spanish. Talk at the XII General Linguistics International Conference (CILG2016), Alcalá de Henares (Spain), May 23, 2016.

López-Sancio, S. (2015) Formal acceptability judgments: The case of island effects in Spanish. Talk at the 12th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WOSSP 2015), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), June 26, 2015.



National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance 2013-2014, 3rd prize (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Spain)

BA Extraordinary Award (University of Oviedo)

Predoctoral fellowship (September 2016 –)
Funding agency: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD), Spain

Predoctoral fellowship (March-September 2016)
Funding agency: University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

Scholarship to study a master’s degree at the U. of the Basque Country (October 2014 – September 2015)
Funding agency: University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

Fellowship at the Department of Anglo-Germanic and French Philology (University of Oviedo, Spain) (September 2013 – June 2014)
Funding agency: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD), Spain



OVO: Originating Variation from Order
FFI2015-64183-P (2016 – 2018)
Funding agency: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain
Principal Investigator: Itziar Laka
Budget: €140,100

The Bilingual Mind
IT665-13 (2013-2018)
Consolidated Research Group of Excellence, grade A.
Funding agency: Department of Education, Language Policy and Culture, Basque Government
Principal Investigator: Itziar Laka
Budget: €284,398

AThEME— Advancing the European Multilingual Experience
EC FP7/SSH-2013-1 AThEME (613465) (Mar 2014 – Mar 2019)
Funding agency: European Commission.
Project Coordinator: Lisa L. Cheng (U. Leiden).
Principal Investigators: Cornips, L. (KNAW); Corver, N. (Universiteit Utrecht); Costa, A. (UPF); Delfitto, D. (Universita degli Studi di Verona); Demirdache, H. (Universite de Nantes); Grijzenhout, J. (Universitat Konstanz); Kras, T. (University of Rijeka); Laka, I. (UPV/EHU); Reboul, A. (CNRS-France); Saddy, D.,(University of Reading); Sorace, A. (University of Edinburgh); Stepanov, A. (Univerza V Novi Gorici); Carreiras, M. (BCBL); Stockall, L. (University of London); Verrips , M. (Taalstudio); Zamparelli, R.(Universita degli Studi di Trento).
Budget: €4,999,990




Course: Summer School in Statistical Methods for Linguistics and Psychology (SMLP 2017)
Place: Universität Potsdam (Germany).
Date: August 28-September 1, 2017

Course: Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics (STEP 2017)
Place: University of Alberta (Canada)
Date: May 15-20, 2017


Course: Course in Statistics for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Place: University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Date: 1-5 December, 2015


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