Dr. L. (Leticia) Pablos Robles

  • Researcher
  • Psycholinguistics (Sentence processing)
  • Basque Sentence Processing

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2106
E-Mail: l.pablos.robles@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL postdoc
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 3.01a

Fields of interest

  • Processing of wh-in-situ questions
  • Processing of syntactic dependencies
  • Processing phenomena at the syntax-semantics and syntax-phonology interface
  • Event-related potentials associated with linguistic phenomena
  • Cross-linguistic sentence comprehension studies
  • Second language sentence comprehension
  • Code-switching


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the project Understanding Questions. My role in this project focuses on the examination of the processing of wh-in-situ questions in both French and Mandarin Chinese. Specifically, I will investigate the presence of anticipatory effects in the on-line processing of these constructions considering the specific use of prosody and context.

Teaching activities

2011-2013: Lecturer, Latin American Department, Leiden University.

2010 - 2011: Guest lecturer for minor in Brain and Cognition and Psycholinguistics modules, Psychology and Linguistics Departments, Leiden University.

2008-2009: Lecturer, English and German Philology Department, University of the Basque Country.

Curriculum vitae

2014-present: Post-doctoral Researcher in the NWO Vrije Competitie Project “Understanding Questions” at Leiden University.

2009-2013: Associate Researcher at Leiden University.

2008-2009: Post-doctoral Researcher on the project “BRAINGLOT, Bilingualism and Cognitive Neuroscience” at the University of the Basque Country.

2006- 2008: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on the project “Structural and Semantic Licensing of Negative Polarity Dependencies: evidence from Basque and Spanish” at the University of Reading.

2006: Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Maryland. Thesis title: “Pre-verbal Structure building in Romance Languages and Basque”

Key publications

  • Yoshida, M., Kazanina, N., Pablos, L. & Sturt, P. (to appear). Island Constraints and Online Dependency Formation Processes, Proceedings of North East Linguistic Society (NELS) 41.
  • Pablos, L. (2011) 'Rich Agreement in Basque: evidence for pre-verbal structure building' in Yuki Hirose, Jerry Packard & Hiroko Yamashita. (Eds). Processing and Producing Head-Final Structures. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. Springer: Dordrecht.
  • Pablos, L. (2008) 'Filled-Gap Effects in Sentence Processing: different accounts compared', ASJU, Anuario del Seminario de Filología Vasca Julio de Urquijo: International Journal of Basque Linguistics and Philology, Vol. 42, Nº. 1, pp. 309-332. ISSN 0582-6152.
  • Pablos, L. & Saddy, J.D. (2008) 'NPIs and Complementizer Agreement in Basque' in Kai Alter, Merle Horne, Magnus Lindgren, Mikael Roll, & Janne von Koss Torkildsen (Eds.), Papers from Brain Talk: Discourse with and in the Brain. The 1st Birgit Rausing Language Program Conference in Linguistics. Lund: Lund University, Media Tryck. ISBN: 978-91-633-5561-5.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015