Prof. Jeff MacSwan

University of Maryland, USA




1997 Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, Education

1987 M.A., California State University, Linguistics

1986 A.A., Cerritos College, English and German

1985 B.A., California State University, English Language and Composition

1984 A.A., Cerritos College, Social Sciences and Humanities

Publications (selected)

  1. MacSwan, J. & McAlister, K. (2010). Naturalistic and elicited data in grammatical studies of codeswitching, pp. 521-532. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.
  2. MacSwan, J. & Mahoney, K. (2008). Academic bias in language testing: A construct validity critique of the IPT I Oral Grades K-6 Spanish Second Edition. Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies, 8(2), 85-100.
  3. van Gelderen, E. & MacSwan, J. (2008). Interface conditions and code-switching: Pronouns, lexical DPs, and checking theory. Lingua, 118(6), 765-776.
  4. MacSwan, J., & Rolstad, K. (2006). How language tests mislead us about children’s abilities: Implications for special education placements. Teachers College Record, 108(11), 2304–2328.
  5. MacSwan, J. (2005). Précis of a Minimalist Approach to Intrasentential Code Switching. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 17(1), 55-92.
  6. MacSwan, J., & Pray, L. (2005). Learning English bilingually: Age of onset of exposure and rate of acquisition of English among children in a bilingual education program. Bilingual Research Journal, 29(3), 687-712.
  7. MacSwan, J. (2005). Codeswitching and generative grammar: A critique of the MLF model and some remarks on “modified minimalism”. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8(1), 1-22.
  8. MacSwan, J. (2005). Comments on Jake, Myers-Scotton and Gross’s response: There is no ‘matrix language’. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8(2), 277-284.
  9. MacSwan, J. & Rolstad, K. (2005). Modularity and the facilitation effect: Psychological mechanisms of transfer in bilingual students. Hispanic Journal of the Behavorial Sciences, 27(2), 224-­243.
  10. Mahoney, K. S., & MacSwan, J. (2005). Re-examining identification and reclassification of English Language Learners: A critical discussion of select state practices. Bilingual Research Journal, 29(1), 31-42.
  11. Curtiss, S., MacSwan, J., Schaeffer, J., Kural, M., & Sano, T. (2004). GCS: A grammatical coding system for natural language data. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 34(3), 459­480.
  12. Valadez, C., MacSwan, J., & Martínez, C. (2002). Toward a new view of low achieving bilinguals: A study of linguistic competence in designated “semilinguals.” Bilingual Review, 25(3), 238-248.
  13. MacSwan, J., Rolstad, K., & Glass, G. V. (2002). Do some school-age children have no language? Some problems of construct validity in the Pre-LAS Español. Bilingual Research Journal, 26(2), 213­238.
  14. MacSwan, J. (2000). The Threshold Hypothesis, semilingualism, and other contributions to a deficit view of linguistic minorities. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 22(1), 3-45.
  15. MacSwan, J. (2000). The architecture of the bilingual language faculty: Evidence from codeswitching. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 3(1), 37-54.

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