Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Mike Iverson

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(812) 855-0032
Morrison Hall 201

Research Interests

  • Outcomes of bilingualism: adult second language acquisition, third language acquisition, heritage language, and first language attrition
  • Acquisition and development of morphosyntax in non-native languages
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Statistical methods in experimental linguistic research


  • Ph.D. 2012, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Iowa
  • M.A. 2008, Spanish, University of Iowa
  • B.S.E. 2006, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa


  • Rothman, J., Long, D., Iverson, M., Judy, T., Lingwall, A., & Chakravarty, T. (in press). Older age of onset in child L2 acquisition can be facilitative: Evidence from the acquisition of English passives by Spanish natives. Journal of Child Language.
  • Valenzuela, E., Iverson, M., Rothman, J., Pascual y Cabo, D., Borg, K., & Pinto, M. (in press). Eventive and Stative passives and copula selection in Canadian and American heritage speaker Spanish. In S. Gumiel-Molina, M. Leonetti & I. Pérez-Jiménez (Eds.), Ser and Estar at the interfaces. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Iverson, M., & Rothman, J. (2015). Restrictions on object drop in L2 Spanish, Feature Reassembly and L1 Pre-emption: Comparing English, Chinese, European and Brazilian Portuguese learners. In T. Judy & S. Perpiñán (Eds.), Spanish second language acquisition with unique language pairings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Giancaspro, D., Halloran, B., & Iverson, M. (2015). Transfer at the initial stages of L3 Brazilian Portuguese: A look at three groups of English/Spanish bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18(2), 191-207.
  • Rothman, J., & Iverson, M. (2013). Strong Islands and Null Objects in L2 Spanish of Brazilian Portuguese natives: Do you know the learners who drop ____? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35(4), 589-618.
  • Iverson, M., & Rothman, J. (2011). L1 preemption and L2 learnability: The case of object drop in Brazilian Portuguese native learners of L2 Spanish. In N. Danis, K. Mesh & H. Sung (Eds.), BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 296-307). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Rothman, J., & Iverson, M. (2011). Flexionar ou Não Flexionar, Eis a Questão: Infinitivos no Português como Segunda Língua (L2) [To inflect or not to inflect is the question: Infinitives in second language (L2) Portuguese]. Letras de Hoje, 46(3), 28-43.
  • Rothman, J., Iverson, M., & Judy, T. (2011). Some notes on the generative study of L3 acquisition. Second Language Research, 27(1), 5-19.


"Advanced language attrition of Spanish in contact with Brazilian Portuguese"
Advisors: Jason Rothman and Roumyana Slabakova

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.