Raquel Anderson

Raquel Anderson

Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences


  • B.A., Communications, Oberlin College, 1980
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, 1982
  • Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, Northwestern University, 1987

Research interests

I conduct research in the areas of typical and atypical language development in Spanish-speaking children and in children from dual language backgrounds. Although I am interested in studying dual language learners in general, most of my research centers on Spanish-English speaking children who have learned English sequentially. My research centers on describing the grammatical skills of Spanish speaking children with specific language impairment (SLI). I have included in my research are children from varied sociolinguistc backgrounds, including both monolingual and bilingual speakers, and typical and atypical learners. In this way, the impact of child-internal and child-external factors on grammatical skill can be ascertained. It is my goal that this research program will result in informing us about language acquisition processes in children. In addition, practical and applied aspects of the field, specifically those pertaining to best practices in the assessment and treatment of children from dual language backgrounds are also addressed. I direct the Bilingual Language Development lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.


I teach in the areas of child second language acquisition/disorders, social factors related to communication disorders, language diversity, and atypical language development and disorders.


  • Faculty award, Committee on Multicultural Understanding, Indiana University, 2006
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, 1996
  • Distinguished alumnus for the Program in Speech and Language Pathology, College of Allied Health Professions, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, 1996

Representative publications

Language sample analysis in Spanish-speaking children: Methodological considerations (2000)
Vera F Gutiérrez-Clellen, M Adelaida Restrepo, Lisa Bedore, Elizabeth Peña and Raquel Anderson
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 31 (1), 88-98

First language loss in Spanish-speaking children (2012)
Raquel T Anderson
Bilingual language development and disorders in Spanish-English speakers, 2 193-212

Loss of gender agreement in L1 attrition: Preliminary results (1999)
Raquel T Anderson
Bilingual research journal, 23 (4), 389-408

Phonological development of two-year-old monolingual Puerto Rican Spanish-speaking children (1987)
Raquel Anderson and Bruce L Smith
Journal of Child Language, 14 (1), 57-78

Lexical morphology and verb use in child first language loss: A preliminary case study investigation (2001)
Raquel T Anderson
International Journal of Bilingualism, 5 (4), 377-401

Nasometric values for normal Spanish-speaking females: a preliminary report (1996)
Raquel T Anderson
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal, 33 (4), 333-336

Impact of first language loss on grammar in a bilingual child (1999)
Raquel Anderson
Communication Disorders Quarterly, 21 (1), 16-Apr

Phonological acquisition in preschoolers learning a second language via immersion: A longitudinal study (2004)
Raquel T Anderson
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 18 (3), 183-210

The use of articles by monolingual Puerto Rican Spanish-speaking children with specific language impairment (2005)
Raquel T Anderson and Sofía M Souto
Applied Psycholinguistics, 26 (4), 621-647

Code mixing in a young bilingual child (1999)
Alejandro Brice and Raquel Anderson
Communication disorders quarterly, 21 (1), 17-22

Spanish morphological and syntactic development (1995)
Raquel T Anderson
Bilingual speech-language pathology: An Hispanic focus, 41-74

Assessing the grammar of Spanish-speaking children: A comparison of two procedures (1996)
Raquel T Anderson
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 27 (4), 333-344

The development of grammatical case distinctions in the use of personal pronouns by Spanish-speaking preschoolers (1998)
Raquel T Anderson
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 41 (2), 394-406

Language switching in the context of Spanish-English bilingual aphasia (2007)
Ana Inés Ansaldo and KARINE Marcotte
Communication disorders in Spanish speakers: Theoretical, research, and clinical aspects, 214-230

Learning an invented inflectional morpheme in Spanish by children with typical language skills and with specific language impairment (SLI) (2001)
Raquel T Anderson
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 36 (1), 19-Jan

Dissertation Committee Service

Author Dissertation Title Committee
Blackburn, Judith Reading Skills in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (January 2006) Anderson, R. (Chair), Forrest, K., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Murray, L.