Students and Alumni

Get to know the Linguistics community by learning about some of our current students and recent alumni.

Current students must complete and submit the FERPA Release Form to the APO.  Please add your research interests, and if applicable, your email and website.  This release gives us permission to add your information on this site.


Ibrahim Abu Elrob  email  l website
Research interests: linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, language socialization, language & identity, migration & youth culture, language ideology, translation theory, sociophonetics, phonology, morphology

Enas Albasiri | email | website
Research interests: psycholinguistics, sentence processing, NLP, syntax-prosody interface, Arabic syntax, bilingualism

Daniel Barry | email | website
Research interests: historical linguistics, contact linguistics, phonology, phonemic inventories.

Rachel Bloch | email
Research interests: sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, conversation design & analysis

Daniela Castillo | email
Research interests: bilingualism, psycholinguistics,  morphosyntax of code-switching, and speech perception 

André Eliatamby | email | website
Research interests: semantics/pragmatics interface, inferential meaning, first language acquisition

Reem Faraj | email | alternate email
Research interests: heritage linguistics, bilingualism, Arabic morphology-semantics interface.

Carolina Fraga | email | website
Research interests: syntax, comparative syntax, morphology

Pamela Franciotti | email
Research interests: second language acquisition and processing, psycholinguistics, theoretical and experimental syntax

Cameron Gibson | email | website
Research interests: grammar induction, information extraction, narrative analysis, corpus linguistics, syntax, language & speech processing, sociolinguistics, authorship analysis, ethics & bias in NLP

Hector Alvarez Gonzalez email
Research interests: computational linguistics, phonology, and conversation analysis

Darlene Intlekofer | email | webpage 
Research interests: phonetics; laboratory phonology; prosody; Austronesian languages, particularly Tagalog

Vicki Li  I email 
Research Interests: sociolinguistics, Asian-American variants of English, internet discourse, urban populations and youth, indexing identity, Japanese linguistics

Cass Lowry | email | website
Research interests: morphosyntax, semantics, heritage languages, bilingualism, Georgian, Turkish, psycholinguistics

Aidan Malanoski | email | website
Research interests: sociolinguistics, music, identity, multilingualism, language ideology, computational linguistics, and syntax

Andrew McCormick | email
Research interests: Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, functional linguistics, pragmatics

Clara McMahon  l email
Research interests: syntax, syntax-semantics interface, negative concord, Slavic linguistics, English dialects

Naparat Meechanyakul | email
Research interests: second language acquisition, syntax, experimental syntax, psycholinguistics

Jason Meilands | email
Research interests: syntax, Baltic languages, semantics, historical linguistics, heritage languages, and educational linguistics.

Olivia Mignone | email | website
Research Interests: linguistic landscapes, endangered language documentation, revitalization, research ethics, phonology, historical linguistics, Japanese, Ainu

Ilaria Porru | email | website
Research interests: bilingualism, sociolinguistics, language contact, phonology, endangered languages

Hagay Schurr | email | website
Research Interests: morphsyntax, syntax-semantics interface, Romance languages, Bantu languages, linguistic typology, Differential Case Marking, island phenomena 

Arundhati Sengupta | email
Research Interests: computational linguistics, speech processing, prosody

Alaa Sharif | email
Research Interests: semantics of natural language, syntactic-semantic interface, Arabic, Sign Language

LeeAnn Stover | email | website
Research Interests: bilingual processing, heritage languages, morphosyntax, psycholinguistics

Matthew  Stuck | email
Research Interests: sociophonetics, language variation and change, SLA, and bilingualism

Natasha Tyulina | email
Research interests: computational linguistics, semantics, logic, morphosyntax

Simon Zuberekemail I website
Research Interests: Computational Linguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse Studies, Phonology, SLA, Applied Linguistics 



Xiaomeng Ma | email | website
Evaluating Neural Networks as Cognitive Models for Learning Quasi-regularities in Languages
Committee: Virginia Valian, Martin Chodorow, Kyle Gorman, Allyson Ettinger
Affiliation: Data Scientist, Audit and Assurance Department @ Deloitte

Benjamin Shavitz
Memetic Epidemiology
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), William Haddican, Kyle Gorman, John McWhorter, Nikolaus Ritt

Camilo Andrés Bonilla Carvajal | email | website
Type of Glossing Affects Cognitive Load and Retrieval of Meaning During L2 Reading
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Alberta Gatti, Beatriz Lado
Affiliation: Adjunct assistant professor at City College of New York and Lehman College

Kelsey Swift | email
What is the ‘E’ in ESOL? Linguistic Borders, Normativity, and Race in Adult English Education
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Miki Makihara, Beatriz Lado
Affiliation: Sanctuary for Families, Manager, Adult Literacy Program, NYC

May Ahmar
Writing the Unwritten: Politicians, Celebrities and Activists on Lebanese Twitter
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Matthew Garley, Gita Martohardjono

Susana Huidobro
Non-Argumental Clitics in Spanish and Galician: A Case Study of the Distribution of Solidarity and Ethical Clitics
Committee: William Haddican (Chair), Jason Kadybowicz, Jonathan Nissenbaum
Current Affiliation:  Adjunct Faculty, Hunter College, English Department

Sejin Oh
Incomplete Neutralization in Articulatory Phonology
Committee: Jason Bishop (Chair), Douglas Whalen, Christina Hagedorn, Jason Shaw, Wei-Rong Chen
Current Affiliation: Post-doc, Phonetics and Phonology Laboratory, CNRS / Universite Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris


Zhuo (Cindy) Chen
The Non-uniformity of Chinese Wh-indefinites through the Lens of Algebraic Structure
Committee: Sam Al Khatib (Chair), William McClure, Jon Nissenbaum, Anna Szabolcsi
Current Affiliation: Text Analysis Instructor, JSTOR Labs, ITHAKA

Boram Kim
Lexical Stress Realization in Mandarin Second Language Learners of English: An Acoustic and Articulatory Study
Committee: Douglas H. Whalen (Chair), Jason Bishop, Christina Hagedorn
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Lehman College, Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department

Benjamin K. Macaulay
Prosody and Intonation in Formosan Languages
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Jason Kandybowicz, Daniel Kaufman, Arthur Holmer
Current Affiliation: Senior lecturer, English Studies at Lund University, Sweden

Chaya R. Nove
Phonetic Contrast in New York Hasidic Yiddish Vowels: Language Contact, Variation, and Change
Committee: Willian Haddican & Juliette Blevins (co-Chairs), Douglas H. Whalen, Isaac L. Bleaman
Current Affiliation: Post-doc Scholar, UC Berkeley, Project: Corpus of Spoken Yiddish in Europe, with Isaac Bleaman

Jennifer M. Seale
Label Imputation for Homograph Disambiguation: Theoretical and Practical Approaches
Committee: William Sakas (Chair), Kyle Gorman, Alla Rozovskaya

Ahmed Shamim
A Description of the Phonology and Morphology of Kɔɖa, An Endangered Language of Bangladesh
Committee: co-Chairs, Prof. Juliette Blevins and Prof. Daniel Kaufman, Gita Martohardjono
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin


Zhuting Chang
Tonal Adaptation of Loanwords in Mandarin: Phonology and Beyond
Committee: Dianne Bradley (Chair) Gita Martohardjono, Eva Fernández, Stuart Davis
Current Affiliation: Chinese Head Teacher, Chinese Language Programme, 
Language and Communications Programme, UN Learning Centre, United Nations Headquarters 

Hussein M. Ghaly
Computational Approaches to the Syntax–Prosody Interface: Using Prosody to Improve Parsing
Committee: Michael Mandel (Chair), Janet Dean Fodor, Jason Bishop  
Current Affiliation: Translator and Computational Linguist, United Nations, NY NY

Kevin Hughes
The Synchronic and Diachronic Phonology of Nauruan: Towards a Definitive Classification of an Understudied Micronesian Language
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Jason Bishop, Daniel Kaufman

Yeonju Lee-Sikka
The Syntax and Semantics of Korean Wh-Quantification: Wh-NPIs and Wh-In-Situ
Committee: Sam Al Khatib, Jason Kandybowicz (Co-Chairs), Jonathan Nissenbaum
Current Affiliation: Data Scientist Data Scientist
Kasisto, Inc.

Joseph Pentangelo
Postdoctoral Fellow with the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY 
Publications: Joseph Pentangelo | Macaulay Honors College (
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Jason Kandybowicz,  Daniel Kaufman
Current Affiliation: Post-Doc: Teaching & Learning Collaboratory Fellow, Macaulay Honors College, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, English @ College of Staten Island 

Erin Quirk
Beyond Exposure: Markers of English Proficiency in School-Aged French–English Bilinguals
Committee: Virginia Valian (Chair),  Martin Chodorow, Eva Fernández, Gita Martohardjono
Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University, Concordia Infant Research Lab,  Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Danielle Ronkos
The Sounds of Sikles Gurung: A Phonetic and Phonological Description of a Tibeto-Burman Language of Nepal
Committee: Jason Kandybowicz (Chair), Dianne Bradley, Suzanne van der Feest, Kristine Hildebrandt
Current Affiliation: Annotation Manager, Experian


Soubeika Bahri
Semiotic and Discursive Displays of Tamazight Identity on Facebook: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Revitalization Efforts in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Michael Newman, Miki Makihara, Lotfi Sayahi
Current Affiliation: Instructor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Modern Languages

Joanna Birnbaum
Good Choice and Context Availability: A Variationist Approach to the Subjunctive in New York City Spanish
Committee: Ricardo Otheguy (Chair), Beatriz Lado, Gita Martohardjono

Eric Chambers
"Its Something You Do Bro": Language and Identity on a Male Erotic Hypnosis Messageboard
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Jillian Cavanaugh, Michael Newman

Jennifer A. Chard
Mandarin Assessment in Chinese-English Bilingual Pre-Schoolers
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair) Isabelle Barriere, Gisela Jia
Affiliation: Project Director, CUNY Graduate Center, Second Language Acquisition Laboratory, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC 

Pablo Gonzalez Martinez
Do It Like a Syntactician: Using Binary Gramaticality Judgements to Train Sentence Encoders and Assess Their Sensitivity to Syntactic Structure
Committee: William Sakas (Chair), Martin Chodorow, Michael Mandel

Daniel C. Mann
Stabilizing Forces in Acoustic Cultural Evolution: Comparing Humans and Birds
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Marisa Hoeschele, David C. Lahti, Michael I. Mandel

Eleanor A. Morikawa
This Is What a Feminist Tweets Like: "Women's Language" and Styling Activist Identities in a #YesAllWomen Twitter Corpus
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Matthew Garley, Jillian Cavanaugh, Lauren Squires

Tyler J. Peckenpaugh
Prepositional Phrase Attachment Ambiguities in Declarative and Interrogative Contexts: Oral Reading Data
Committee: Janet Dean Fodor (Chair), Dianne Bradley, Martin Chodorow

Rachel Rakov
Analyzing Prosody with Legendre Polynomial Coefficients
Committee: Rivka Levitan (Chair), Martin Chodorow, Kyle Gorman, Andrew Rosenberg

T. Leo Schmitt
The Practice of Mainland Chinese Students Adopting English Names and Its Motivations
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Gita Martohardjono, Miki Makihara

Namseok Yong
Cue-based reflexive reference resolution: Evidence from Korean reflexive caki
Committee: Irina A. Sekerina (Chair), Jason Kandybowicz, William McClure, Jiwon Yun


Barkan, Mayaan
The Pragmatic Strategy of Main-Clause Omission in Japanese: Its contrast with Hebrew, and its learnability 
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), William McClure, Sam Al Khatib
Affiliation: Program Director, Lecturer, Japanese Program, CUNY Hunter College

Callahan-Kanik, Taletha
An Experimental Study of the Differences Between ‘Just’ and ‘Only’: NPI Licensing and Modal Scope
Committee: Janet Dean Fodor (Chair), Sam Al Khatib, Martin Chodorow

Graves, Syelle
New use of an old discourse marker: The interface of implicit attitudes, explicit attitudes, and rapid language change of 'so' in English
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), Matthew Garley, William Haddican, William McClure

Kakadelis, Stephanie
Phonetic Properties of Oral Stops in Three No Voicing Distinction Languages
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Douglas Whalen, Jason Bishop

Long Olsen, Emily
The Sound Patterns of Kachok in the Context of Bahnaric and North-Bahnaric Studies
Committee: Juliette Blevins (Chair), Daniel Kaufman, Douglas Whalen
Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO

Madsen, Christen N II
De-centering the monolingual: A psychophysiological study of heritage speaker language processing
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Martin Chodorow, Richard G Schwartz
Affiliation: Google, Analytical Linguist, LA

Morales, Michelle
Multimodal Depression Detection: An Investigation of Features and Fusion Techniques for Automated Systems
Committee: Rebecca Levitan (Chair), Andrew Rosenberg, Martin Chodorow, Stefan Scherer
Affiliation: Technical Product Manager, Managing Data Scientist, IBM, Chief Analytics Office

O'Shields, Kathryn | email
The Artfulness of Absence: A Linguistic Analysis of Simile and Metaphor
Committee: Robert Fiengo (Chair), Dianne C Bradley, William McClure
Affiliation: Visiting Professor, Virginia Tech, English Department. 

Phillips, Ian | email 
Syntactic Processing and Cross-Linguistic Structural Priming in Heritage Spanish Speakers and Late Bilinguals: Effects of Exposure to L2 English on Processing Illicit Structures in L1 Spanish
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Richard G Schwartz, Janet Dean Fodor
Affiliation: Research Scientist, Audiology & Speech Pathology Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Recent publications: 

  • Phillips, I., Calloway, R. C., Karuzis, V. P., Pandža, N. B., O’Rourke, P., & Kuchinsky, S. E. (2021). Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation strengthens semantic representations of foreign language tone words during initial stages of learning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 34(1), 127–152. 
  • Syntactic Processing and Cross-Linguistic Structural Priming in Heritage Spanish Speakers and Late Bilinguals: Effects of Exposure to L2 English on Processing Illicit Structures in L1 Spanish

Wilson, E. Cameron
Amount Superlatives and Measure Phrases
Committee: Sam Al Khatib (Chair), William McClure, Jonathan Nissenbaum, Yael Sharvit


Cho, Euna
Effects of multimedia instruction on L2 acquisition of high-level, low-frequency English vocabulary words
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Beatriz Lado, Rebecca Curinga

Heidrick, Ingrid
First and Second Generation NYC bilinguals: What is the role of input in their collocational knowledge of English and Spanish?
Committee: co-Chairs, Gita Martohardjono and Ricardo Otheguy, Martin Chodorow
Affiliation: Executive Director,  Advocating for Emergent Bilinguals through Language and Literacy

Montoya, Ignacio
Motivating Morphological Constituents: A Learning-Based Analysis of Hebrew, Navajo, and Spanish
Committee: Juliette Blevins, Daniel Kaufman, Ricardo Otheguy, Jim Blevins
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Nevada, Reno

Von Wertz, Sloane
Is It All Relative?  Relative Pitch and L2 Lexical Tone Perception/Tone Language Comprehension by Tone and Non-Tone Language Speaking Adults
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Joseph Straus, Andrew Rosenberg


Marisa Nagano email
Interpretation of Overt Pronouns in L1 & L2 Japanese: The Role of Context
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), William McClure, Ricardo Otheguy, Richard Schwartz
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Long Island University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Elizabeth Pratt 
Is cue-based memory retrieval 'good-enough'?: Agreement, comprehension, and implicit prosody in native and bilingual speakers of English
Committee: Eva Fernandez (Chair), Marcel den Dikken, Andrew Rosenberg
Current Affiliation: Director of Language Science at OpenCity

Nadav Sabar 
A Meaning Hypothesis to Explain Speakers' Choice of the Sign look
Committee: Ricardo Otheguy (Chair), Sam Al Khatib, Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: Teacher of Hebrew as a foreign language, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Chun-Yi Peng email
Talk shows and language attitudes: a sociolinguistic investigation of language attitudes towards Taiwan Mandarin among Chinese Mainlanders
Committee: Cecelia Cutler (Chair), William Haddican, Michael Newman, Qing Zhang
Current Affiliation: Professor, Modern Languages Dept., Borough of Manhattan Community College

Han-Byul Chung email 
On the syntax/semantics of Korean nominal particles
Committee: Sam Al Khatib (Chair), Jason Kandybowicz, Jon Nissenbaum
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Korean Linguistics, Dept. of East Asian Language and Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Michelle McSweeney  email | website
Literacies of Bilingual Youth: A profile of bilingual academic, social, and txt literacies
Committee: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Steven Brier, Cecelia Cutler
Current Affiliation: Data Science Domain Manager at Codecademy & Adjunct Assistant Professor in Data Analysis and Visualization at the CUNY Graduate Center


Agustina Carando  email
The emergence of L1 innovations in Spanish-English bilinguals: Evidence from cross-linguistic structural priming
Committee: Eva Fernandez (Chair), Ricardo Otheguy, Gita Martohardjono
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor Director, Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program
University of California, Davis

Ylana Beller-Marino 
Consonantal voicing effects on vowel duration in Italian-English bilinguals
Committee: Dianne Bradley (Chair), Eva Fernandez, Douglas Whalen
Current Affiliation: Linguistics Technologist, Sensory, Inc, Computer Software

Li Ma 
The encoding of temporality in second language acquisition: A study of Chinese-speaking ESL learners
Committee: William McClure (Chair), Gita Martohardjono, Robert Fiengo

Woan Jen-Ling 
How to Ask Questions in Mandarin Chinese
Committee: Robert Fiengo (Chair), William McClure, Gita Martohardjono
Current Affiliation: Linguist; Consultant at NYC Department of Education

Teresa O’Neill email 
The domain of Finiteness: anchoring without Tense in copular amalgam sentences
Committee: Marcel den Dikken (Chair), Christina Tortora, William McClure, William Haddican
Current Affiliation: Director of Natural Language Understanding Solutions @ iMerit

Alex Funk 
A Syntactic Treatment of Adjectival Non-Intersectivity in English
Committee: Marcel den Dikken (Chair), Christina Tortora, William McClure, Richard Larson

Frances Blanchette email
English Negative Concord, Negative Polarity, and Double Negation
Committee: Christina Tortora (Chair), William McClure, Virginia Valian, Chris Collins
Current Affiliation: Assistant Director of the Center for Language Science, Assistant Research Professor, Psychology,  Pennsylvania State University

John Stewart 
Learning Functional P
Committee: Virginia Valian (Chair) Marcel den Dikken, Martin Chodorow
Current Affiliation: SVP, Research & Measurement at Amplify

Emily Zane  email
Assistant professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 
Recent publications:

  • Luyster, R., Zane, E., & Wisman-Weil, L. (2022). Conventions for Unconventional Language: Revisiting a framework for spoken language features in autism. Autism and Developmental Language Impairments
  • Zane, E., Arunachalam, S., & Luyster, R. (2021). Personal pronoun errors in form versus meaning produced by children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science.
  • Zane, E., Arunachalam, S., & Luyster, R. (2021). Caregiver-reported pronominal errors made by children with and without autism spectrum disorder. In D Dionne & LA Vidal Covas (Eds)., Proceedings of the 45th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press. Link to PDF
  • Nagano, M. & Zane, E. (2021). Processing Pronouns in Global Discourse. Proceedings of the Language Society of America Annual Meeting.
  • Matthewman, H., Zane, E., & Grossman, R.B. (2021). Comparing Frequency of Listener Responses between Adolescents with and without ASD during Conversation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Nagano, M., Zane, E., & Grossman, R.B. (2020). Structural and contextual cues in third-person pronoun interpretation by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Neurotypical peers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Sorenson, T., Zane, E., Feng, T., Narayanan, S., & Grossman, R.B. (2019). Cross-Modal Coordination of Face-Directed Gaze and Emotional Speech Production in Adolescents with ASD. Scientific Reports.
  • Grossman, R.B., Zane, E., Mertens, J. & Mitchell, T. (2019). Facetime vs. Screentime: Gaze Patterns to Live and Video Social Stimuli in Adolescents with ASD. Scientific Reports. 9. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-49039-7
  • Zane, E. (2019). When cut-offs don’t cut it: Possible language deficits in all children with autism spectrum disorder. The NYSSLHA Communicator.
  • Zane, E., Yang, Z., Pozzan, L., Guha, T., Narayanan, S. & Grossman, R.B. (2019). Motion-capture patterns of dynamic facial expressions in children and adolescents with and without ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Grossman, R.B., Mertens, J. & Zane, E. (2019). Perceptions of Self and Other: Gaze Patterns to Faces and Social Perception of Children with and Without ASD. Autism.

Prior Ph.D. Graduates

Adam Faulkner (Ph.D. 2014)
"Automated Classification of Argument Stance in Student Essays: A Linguistically Motivated Approach with an Application for Supporting Argument Summarization"

Taylor Cassidy (Ph.D. 2014)
"Temporal Information Extraction and Knowledge Base Population"

Rebecca Curinga (Ph.D. 2014)
"The effect of morphological awareness on reading comprehension: A study with adolescent Spanish-English emergent bilinguals"

Lionel Chan (Ph.D. 2014)
"Non-standard Italian Dialect Heritage Speakers' Acquisition of Clitic Placement in Standard Italian"

Michela Cresci (Ph.D. 2014)
"The Sound Patterns of Camuno: An Evolutionary Phonology Account"

Lisa Reisig Ferrazzano (Ph.D. 2013)
"Demonstratives in Motion: the Grammaticalization of Demonstratives as a Window into Synchronic Phenomena"
Chair: Christina Tortora

Miho Nagai (Ph.D. 2013)
"An Antisymmetry Account of the Syntactic Positions of Nominal Arguments in Turkish: Implications for Clausal Architecture"
Chair: Marcel den Dikken

Iglika D. Stoyneshka-Raleva (Ph.D. 2013)
"Phoneme Restoration Methods Reveal Prosodic Influences on Syntactic Parsing: Data from Bulgarian"
Chair: Janet Fodor

Rachel Varra (Ph.D. 2013)
"The Social Correlates of Lexical Borrowing in Spanish in New York City"
Chair: Ricardo Otheguy

Alexandra Ioannidou (Ph.D. 2012) | email
"The Syntax of non-verbal Causation: The Causative Apomorphy of ‘from’ in Greek and Germanic Languages"
Committee members: Marcel den Dikken (Chair), Christina Tortora, William McClure

Deirdre Quinn (Ph.D. 2012) | email
"Effects of L1 Spanish and L2 English sublexical and lexical processing on English L2 word reading speed and accuracy, and reading comprehension"
Committee members: Eva Fernandez (Chair), Elaine Klein, and Martin Chodorow

Tomonori Nagano (Ph.D. 2012) email
"Acquisition of English verb transitivity by native speakers of Japanese"
Committee members: Martin Chodorow (Chair), Gita Martohardjono, and William McClure

Leigh Garrison-Fletcher (Ph.D. 2012) | email
"The Acquisition of L2 Reading Comprehension: The Relative Contribution of Linguistic Knowledge and Existing Reading Ability"
Committee members: Gita Martohardjono (Chair), Ricardo Otheguy, and Martin Chodorow

Lidiya Tornyova (Ph.D. 2011)
"Input Consistency in the Acquisition of Questions in Bulgarian and English: A Hypothesis Testing Model"
Chair: Virginia Valian

Ronit Webman (Ph.D. 2011)
"Prosody and Parsing in a Double PP Construction in Hebrew"
Chair: Janet Fodor

Chi-Chen Bredeche (Ph.D. 2011) | email
"The Use of LE by L1 Chinese Speakers and the Acquisition of LE by L2 Chinese Learners"
Chair: Gita Martohardjono

Lucia Pozzan (Ph.D. 2011)
"Asking Questions in Learner English: First and Second Language Acquisition of Main and Embedded Interrogative Structures"
Advisor: Virginia Valian

Mieko Sperbeck (Ph.D. 2010)
The acquisition of consonant clusters by Japanese learners of English: Interactions of speech perception and production.
Advisor: Winifred Strange

Hala Abdelghany (Ph.D. 2010)
Prosodic phrasing and modifier attachment in standard Arabic sentence processing. Advisor: Janet Fodor

Martin Port (Ph.D. 2010)
Omitted Arguments and Complexity of Predication.
Advisor: William McClure

Didem Koban (Ph.D. 2010)email
Overt vs. Null subject pronoun variation in the Turkish spoken in Turkey and in NYC.
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Marisa Monteleone (Ph.D. 2009)
Effects of first language voicing rules on the perception and production of English obstruent sequences by adult Hungarian and Polish learners of English.
Advisor: Winifred Strange

Malgorzata Szupica-Pyrzanowki (Ph.D. 2009)
Morphological and phonological contributions to the production of verbal inflection in adult L2 learners and patients with agrammatic aphasia.
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Shukhan Ng (Ph.D. 2009)
Current Affiliation: University of Texas at San Antonio)
Processing Chinese Empty Catagories.
Advisor: Janet Fodor

Amit Shaked (Ph.D. 2009)
Attachment ambiguity in Hebrew complex nominals: Prosody and parsing
Advisor: Janet Fodor

Xuan-Nga Cao (Cao-Kam) (Ph.D. 2009) email
Contributions of Statistical Induction To Models of Syntax Acquisition.
Advisor: Janet Fodor

Erika Troseth (Ph.D. 2009)
Adicity and Reference: Middle voice and its components.
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Mamori (Sugita) Hughes (Ph.D. 2009)
Japanese -te iru and -te aru : The aspectual implications of the stage-level and individual-level distinction.
Advisor: William McClure

Yukiko Koizumi (Ph.D. 2009)
Processing the Not-Because Ambiguity in English: The Role of Pragmatics and Prosody.
Advisor: Janet Fodor

Gabriella Morvay (Ph.D. 2009)
The Processing of Complex Syntax and its Relation to Second Language Reading Comprehension.
Advisor: Elaine Klein

Kaori Furuya (Ph.D. 2009)
The DP Hypothesis Through the Lens of Japanese Nominal Collocation Constructions.
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Fran Gulinello (Ph.D. 2009)
The Acquisition of an L2 Vowel system: A Longitudinal Investigation.
Advisor: Charles Cairns

Stephanie Solt (Ph.D. 2009) | email | website
Current affiliation: ZAS Berlin
The semantics of adjectives of quantity.
Advisor: William McClure

Neisha (White) Ziehmke (Ph.D. 2008)
Increasing efficacy in academic English instruction: A case study seeking the correct balance between contrastive analysis focus on form and sociolinguistic awareness raising.
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Rachel Szekely (Ph.D. 2008)
Current affiliation: Long Island University
A second route to truth: feature-placing, existence, and the interpretation of there-sentences.
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Jed Shahar (Ph.D. 2008)
Current affiliation: Queensborough Community College
What some its are: Non-referential it, extraposition, and copies.
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Mari Fujimoto (Ph.D. 2008)
Current affiliation: Hofstra University and Queens College
L1 acquisition of Japanese particles: A corpus-based study
Advisor: William McClure

Eric Stenshoel (Ph.D. 2008)
The Theta Parameter: Syntax Under a Radical UTAH.
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Tomoyuki Yabe (Ph.D. 2007)
Current affiliation: Queens College
The morpho-syntax of complex verbal expressions in the Horn of Africa
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Tanya Viger (Ph.D. 2007)
Fundamental frequency in Mandarin Chinese an English: Implications for second-language speakers
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Ronald Simon (Ph.D. 2007) email
Current affiliation: Labor & Industry for Education
A Platonic conception of language
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Michael Horwitz (Ph.D. 2007)
Genetic and areal stability of phrasal word order and its potential as a typological marker
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Eulalia Canals (Ph.D. 2007)
The acquisition of tense and aspect by Moroccan learners of L2 Catalan and Spanish in Barcelona public schools
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy
Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral Researcher, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Language Didactics in the Faculty of Education. Member of GREIP research group

Naomi Lapidus Shin (Ph.D. 2007)email | website
The development of null vs. overt subject pronoun expression in monolingual Spanish-speaking children: The influence of continuity of reference
Advisor: Helen Smith Cairns
Current affiliation: Professor, Dept. of Linguistics and Dept. of Spanish/Portuguese. The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Mary Sepp (Ph.D. 2006) email
Phonological constraints and free variation in compounding: A corpus study of English and Estonian noun compounds
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Alison Gabriele (Ph.D. 2005)email
Current affiliation: University of Kansas
The acquisition of aspect in a second language: A bidirectional study of learners of English and Japanese
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Peter Slomanson (Ph.D. 2005)email
Current affiliation: Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
The verbal morphosyntax of non-canonical contact languages: Malay-derived constraints and the inflectional domain in Afrikaans and Sri Lankan Malay
Advisor: Edward Bendix

Miki Suzuki (Ph.D. 2005) email
Current affiliation: Microsoft
Clause stacking and antisymmetry in Japanese relative clauses
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Gerald Dempsey (Ph.D. 2004)
Glottal effects in Icelandic phonology
Advisor: Charles E Cairns

Eiji Nishimoto (Ph.D. 2004)
A corpus-based delimitation of new words: Cross-segment comparison and morphological productivity
Advisor: Dianne Bradley

Ruth Reeves (Ph.D. 2004)
Current affiliation: Vanderbilt University
The meanings of personal pronouns: de se interpretation of long-distance anaphora in Icelandic and other languages
Advisor: William McClure

Maurizio Santoro (Ph.D. 2004)
Mastery of Italian accusative and dative clitics by English speaking college students
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Nora Ellen Aion (Ph.D. 2003)
Selected topics in Nootka and Tubatulabal phonology
Advisor: Charles E Cairns

Daniel Chapuis (Ph.D. 2003)
On the role of Malagasy in the creation of the vernaculars of reunion
Advisor: Edward Bendix

Antonino Gulli (Ph.D. 2003)
Current affiliation: Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Phrasal Reduplication in Syntax
Advisors: Marcel den Dikken and Richard Kayne

Kathy Kessler (Ph.D. 2003)
ERP correlates of word order and morphosyntactic phenomena in adult native speakers and second language learners of English
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Mana Kobuchi-Philip (Ph.D. 2003) email | website
Current affiliation: Queens College, CUNY
Distributivity and the Japanese Floating Numeral Quantifier
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Nenad Lovric (Ph.D. 2003)
Implicit prosody in silent readings: Relative clause attachment in Croatian
Advisor: Janet Dean Fodor

Keiko Uehara (Ph.D. 2003)
Current affiliation: Gunma University
Center-embedding and nominative repetition in Japanese sentence processing
Advisor: Dianne Bradley

Maria Vicenta Blasco Aznar (Ph.D. 2002)
On the acquisition of object pronominal clitics in Spanish
Advisor: Janet Dean Fodor

Nydia Flores (Ph.D. 2002)
Subject personal pronouns in Spanish narratives of Puerto Ricans in New York City: A variationist study
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Gail August (Ph.D. 2001)
Current affiliation: Hostos Community College
The road to second language reading: How do we get there?
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Dwijen Bhattacharjya (Ph.D. 2001)
The genesis and development of Nagamese: Its social history and linguistic structure
Advisor: Edward Bendix

Linda A. Pelc (Ph.D. 2001)
Current affiliation: LaGuardia Community College
L1 lexical, morphology and morphosyntactic attrition in Greek-English bilinguals
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Ivy Sichel (Ph.D. 2001) email | website
Current affiliation: Hebrew University
Studies in the syntax of pronouns and features with particular reference to Hebrew
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Stephanie Smolinsky (Ph.D. 2001)
Brilliance, energy and size in vowels: A cross-linguistic study of phonetic symbolism
Advisor: Edward Bendix

Nancy Stern (Ph.D. 2001)email | website
Current affiliation: City College of New York, CUNY
The meaning and use of English -self pronouns
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Eva Fernandez (Ph.D. 2000)email
Current affiliation: Queens College/CUNY Graduate Center
Bilingual sentence processing: Relative clause attachment in English and Spanish
Advisor: Dianne Bradley

Christina Mary de Kleine (Ph.D. 1999)
A morphosyntactic analysis of Surinamese Dutch as spoken by the Creole population of Paramaribo, Suriname
Advisor: William Stewart

Janine Graziano-King (Ph.D. 1999)
Current affiliation: Kingsborough Community College
Acquisition of comparative forms in English
Advisor: Helen S Cairns

Yuki Hirose (Ph.D. 1999)
Current affiliation: Tokyo University
Resolving reanalysis ambiguity in Japanese relative clauses
Advisor: Janet Dean Fodor

Robert Hollander (Ph.D. 1999)
MIGHT: Evidence and argument from negation and conjunction for an epistemic modality and its logical structure
Advisor: Edward Bendix

Stanley Koike (Ph.D. 1999)
A Monosemy approach to the Japanese particle no: Functional categories as linkers and antisymmetry in natural language
Advisor: William McClure

Barbara Bevington (Ph.D. 1998)
Indexical expressions: Syntax and context
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Gerardo A Lorenzino (Ph.D. 1998)
The Angolar Creole Portuguese of Sao Tome: Its grammar and sociolinguistic history
Advisor: John Holm

Jose Antonio Mendez (Ph.D. 1998)
Stress and glides in Spanish syllable structure
Advisor: William Stewart

Albert W Romano (Ph.D. 1998)
Gender and language: A Goodwin look at Lakoff
Advisor: Charles E Cairns

Francisco Ordonez (Ph.D. 1997)
Current affiliation: SUNY Stony Brook
Word order and clause structure in Spanish and other Romance languages
Advisor: Richard Kayne

Jiaye Xie (Ph.D. 1997)
Processing NP-trace and reflexives in Chinese
Advisor: Janet Dean Fodor

Marianne Janko Washburn (Ph.D. 1998)
Non-primary language acquisition of word order in German

Eleanor Olds Batchelder (Ph.D. 1997)
Computational evidence for the use of frequency information in discovery of the infant's first lexicon

Heliana Ribeiro De Mello (Ph.D. 1997)
The genesis and development of Brazilian vernacular Portuguese

Iris Elisha (Ph.D. 1997)
Functional categories and null subjects in Hebrew and child Hebrew

Rhoda Gilbert (Ph.D. 1997)
Integrating the methods and strategies of conversational analysis

Katherine Reese Green (Ph.D. 1997)
Non-standard Dominican Spanish : evidence of partial restructuring

Ingeborg Lasser (Ph.D. 1997)
Finiteness in adult and child German

Francisco Ordonez (Ph.D. 1997)
Current affiliation: SUNY Stony Brook
Word order and clause structure in Spanish and other Romance languages

Irina A. Sekerina (Ph.D. 1997)
Current affiliation: College of Staten Island/CUNY Graduate Center
The syntax and processing of scrambling constructions in Russian

Marcia Babbitt (Ph.D. 1996)
Lexical acquisition in second language learning

Carol Montgomery (Ph.D. 1996)
Conversation closings : the effects of gender, ethnicity and social proximity

Rosalie Schwartz (Ph.D. 1996)
Discourse dynamics of discriminatory practices in a job training situation

Sheila Meltzer (Ph.D. 1995)
Modularity : evidence from coreference processing in Spanish

Sharon L Utakis (Ph.D. 1995)
Quantification and definiteness in child grammar

Nina Wacholder (Ph.D. 1995)
Acquiring syntactic generalizations from positive evidence : an HPSG model

Joyce Blanchette Milambiling (Ph.D. 1994) email
Current affiliation: University of Northern Iowa
On the same floor: a sociolinguistic study of a two-way bilingual program
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Deborah Mandelbaum (Ph.D. 1994)
Syntactic conditions on saturation

Shiwen Pan (Ph.D. 1994)
A sociolinguistic study of Mainland Putonghua and Taiwan Guoyu in New York City

Nava Ayala Shaked (Ph.D. 1994)
The treatment of phrasal verbs in a natural language processing system

Judy B Bernstein (Ph.D. 1993)
Current affiliation: William Patterson University
Topics in the syntax of nominal structure across romance

Jill Caryn Burstein (Ph.D. 1992)email
Current affiliation: ETS
The stress and syntax of compound nominals
Advisors: Bob Fiengo, Martin Chodorow, Richard Sproat

Clyde Coreil (Ph.D. 1992)
Fusion in language : a case for supralexical unit

Luisa C Garro (Ph.D. 1992)
Lexical access in bilinguals : the case of English-based Spanish calques

Arhonto Terzi (Ph.D. 1992)
Pro in finite clauses : a study of the inflectional heads of the Balkan languages

M. Sorie Yillah (Ph.D. 1992)
Temne phonology and morphology

Akua Duku Anokye (Ph.D. 1991) | email
Current affiliation: Arizona State University, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Linguistic form and social function : a discourse analysis of rhetorical and narrative structure in oral and written African American folk narrative texts
Advisor: William Stewart

Kristine Cecilie Gjerlow-Johnson (Ph.D. 1991)
Metalinguistic abilities in literate adults

Tsutomu Sakamoto (Ph.D. 1991)
Processing empty subjects in Japanese : implications for the transparency hypothesis

Ken Sheppard (Ph.D. 1991)
At sea in SLA : evidence of UG in the acquisition of French and English verbs

Elaine C Klein (Ph.D. 1990)
Current affiliation: Queens College/ CUNY Graduate Center
The null-prep phenomenon in second language acquisition

Claudia Leacock (Ph.D. 1990)
Current affiliation: ETS
Lexically based parsing with application to infinitival control constructions in English

David Man (Ph.D. 1990)
The function of perception in the acquisition of non-native inflectional morphology : the case of the past in English

Thomas L Maxfield (Ph.D. 1990)
On the learnability of a version of generalized phrase structure grammar

Walter Petrovitz (Ph.D. 1990)
Argument opacity

Susan Jagendorf - Sobierajski (Ph.D. 1988)
The Influence of English on Contact Spanish: Preverbal Bare Subjects
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy

Cindy Greenberg (Ph.D. 1987)email
Metalinguistic Awareness and Adult Literacy.
Advisor: Charles Cairns

Dana McDaniel (Ph.D. 1986)
Conditions on Wh-Chains
Advisor: Robert Fiengo

Wayne Cowart (Ph.D. 1983)
Reference relations and syntactic processing : evidence of a pronoun's influence on a syntactic decision that affects word naming

Walter T French (Ph.D. 1983)
Northern Naga : a Tibeto-Burman mesolanguage

Nina M Hyams (Ph.D. 1983)
The acquisition of parameterized grammars

Martin R Gitterman (Ph.D. 1982)
Grammatical complexity as a predictor of L2 performance

Martin S Harris (Ph.D. 1982)
The role of sentence context in the perception and production of internal open juncture

John Klosek (Ph.D. 1982)
Second language communication strategies and grammatical accuracy

Olga Romero (Ph.D. 1982)
Aspects of code-switching in bilingual children

Robert Lee Silvey (Ph.D. 1982)
Language, politics, and The Federalist : a linguistic approach to interpretation

Penny Willis (Ph.D. 1982)
The initial consonant mutations in the Brythonic Celtic languages

Evelyn P Altenberg (Ph.D. 1981)
Bilingual lexical retrieval

Edwin L Battistella (Ph.D. 1981)
Topics in the theory of inflection
Advisor: Bob Fiengo

W. Neil Elliott (Ph.D. 1981)
Grammatical number

Jennifer Ryan Hsu (Ph.D. 1981)
The development of structural principles related to complement subject interpretation

Carolyn Panzer Sobel (Ph.D. 1981)
A generative phonology of Danish

Elsa Lattey (Ph.D. 1980)
Grammatical systems across languages : a study of participation in English, German and Spanish

Ellen Perecman (Ph.D. 1980)
Language realization in phonemic jargonaphasia : a case study

Miriam R Eisenstein (Ph.D. 1979)
Current affiliation: New York University
The development of dialect discrimination and stereotyping in adult learners of English as a second language
Advisor: D. Terence Langendoen

Steven L Strauss (Ph.D. 1979)
Some principles of word structure in English and German

Anita Janda (Ph.D. 1978)
The linguistic analysis of the honey bee's dance language

Geoffrey Nunberg (Ph.D. 1977)
The pragmatics of reference

John S Ritter (Ph.D. 1978)
The status of Chomsky's theory of transformational generative grammar as a mentalist theory of language

Alan L Tusher (Ph.D. 1978)
The utilization of silent pauses in spontaneous speech by the listener

Mark H Feinstein (Ph.D. 1977)
The linguistic nature of prenasalization

Ricardo Otheguy (Ph.D. 1977)email
The meaning of Spanish el, la and lo
Committee: Erica Garcia (Chair), Ed Bendix, D. Terence Langendoen
Current affiliation: Prof. Emeritus, CUNY Graduate Center

Ruth Marion Graeme Ramsay (Ph.D. 1977)
Multilinguals and successful language learners : cognitive strategies and styles of approach to language learning in adults

Ben Schapiro (Ph.D. 1977)
English appositive structures and right movement

Rochele Berkovits (Ph.D. 1975)
The interaction of bias, context, and intonation in the perception of surface structure ambiguity

Georgette Loup (Ph.D. 1975)
The treatment of quantifier scope in a transformational grammar

Zafrira Malisdorf (Ph.D. 1975)
Sentential complements in Hebrew

John Dore (Ph.D. 1973)
The development of speech acts

Nancy Kalish-Landon (Ph.D. 1973)email | website
Professional's title as a demand characteristic : a potential methodological confound in language research

Martin David Pam (Ph.D. 1973)
Tigrinya phonology

Ernestine R Daniels (Ph.D. 1972)
The old French case system : a functional study


Lenore Costello
Applying Linguistics to the Adult ESOL Classroom: A Guide for ESOL Teachers in Community Centers
Advisor: Alberta Gatti

Maria Karamihaylova
Neural Network vs. Rule-Based G2P: A Hybrid Approvach to Stress Prediction and Related Vowel Reduction in Bulgarian
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Affiliation: Conversation Experience Designer at Nuance Communications

Tyler Lanni
Topics for He but not for She: Quantifying and Classifying Gender Bias in the Media
Advisor: Sarah Ita Levitan
Affiliation: NLP Specialist at American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS)

Clarisse Taboy
A Sentiment Analysis of "Filipinx" on Twitter Using a Multinomial Naive Bayes Classification Model  
Advisor: Rebecca (Rivka) Levitan
Affiliation: Educational Technology Project Manager, LangInnov 

Wen Zhang
Pronunciation ambiguities in Japanese kanji
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Affiliation: Assistant, MLS Project SIFE/RISLUS, housed in Dr. Gita Martohardjono's SLAL @CUNY GC

Julia Panter
Language of the Enemy: Impacts of the 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War on Linguistic and National Identity Paradigms in Ukraine
Advisor: Jose Delvalle


Reuben Isaac Raff
From Sesame Street to Beyond: Multi-Domain Discourse Relation Classification with Pretrained BERT
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Elizabeth M. Garza
Does a Neural Network Inflect Spanish Verbs in a Human-Like Way?
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Current Affiliation: Reading Comprehension Assessment Development Coordinator, MLS Project SIFE/RISLUS, housed in Dr. Gita Martohardjono's SLAL @CUNY GC. 

Dayle M. Towarnicky 
Examining the Linguistic Ideology "Throaty Sounds Are Bad for Performers": The History of Negative Attitudes Towards Glottal Stops and Laryngealization in English
Advisor: Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: Lecturer, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

Mariana Graterol 
A Study of Entrainment in Speech as a possible predictor of perceived trust
Advisor: Sarah Ita Levitan
Current Affiliation: Data Scientist at NVIDIA

John Schriner
Expanding the Pronominal Account of Tense: A Reexamination of the Double Access Reading in English
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Current Affiliation: E-Resources Librarian / Faculty, NYU Law Library

Maria Elekidou
The Realization of the Null Subject Parameter in Greek-American Children and Adults: Anaphora Resolution Patterns in Ambiguous Sentential Structures
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Matthew Kadish
Gender-Informed Features of Film Reviews: A Statistical Linguistic Analysis
Advisor: Rebecca Levitan

Lara Novic 
A Machine Learning Approach to Text-Based Sarcasm Detection
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

William Oliver
Covert Determiners in Appalachian English Narrative Declarative Sentences
Advisor: Christina Tortora
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program at Stonybrook Univ

Yuying Ren 
Methods in Reverse Transliteration of English Loanwords in Japanese
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Brynne E. Wilkinson
Expanding the Pronominal Account of Tense: A Reexamination of the Double Access Reading in English
Advisor: Sam Al Khatib


Kelsey Bourque
Evaluating the Role of Gender in Dementia-Related Language Deficiencies
Advisor: Rebecca Levitan

Andrew Kirby
Predicting Stock Price Movements Using Sentiment and Subjectivity Analyses
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Current Affiliation: NLP Engineer, Growth Engine AI,

Jonathan I. Manczur
From an Art to a Science: Features and Methodology in Computational Authorship Identification
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Evgeniya (Jane) Maryutina
The Production of Russian Vowels /i/ and /ɨ/ by Russian-English Bilingual Children
Advisor: Valerie Shafer

Sean Miller
When Misclassification Is Misgendering: Gender Prediction in the Context of Trans Identities
Advisor:  Kyle Gorman

Yohamy Polanco
A Computational Study in the Detection of English–Spanish Code-Switches
Advisor:  Kyle Gorman


Liliana R. Boladz-Nekipelov
From the Unspoken to the Verbalized: Different Ways of Communication and their Relationship to Culture
Advisor: Daniel Kaufman

Emily Campbell
Does the Word "Chien" Bark? Representation Learning in Neural Machine Translation Encoders
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Christina N. Dadurian
Processing Coercion in a First, Non-Dominant Language: Mandarin-English Heritage Bilinguals
Advisor: Virginia Valian

Katherine Howitt
Doing Away With Defaults: Motivation for a Gradient Parameter Space
Advisor: William Sakas

Alina Korovatskaya
Genderlects in Social Media
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Ekaterina Levitskaya
Inferring Research Fields in Administrative Records Using Text Data
Advisor: Rebecca Levitan

Magdalena Markowska
Tones in Shupamem Reduplication
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. student at Stonybrook Univ.

Omar Ortiz
Cot in the Act: Ethnicity and Age Affects Phonemic Perception of the Low-Back Merger in New York City English
Advisor: William Haddican

Olga Ozhiganova
Acquisition Orders and Instructional Sequences: A Case Study of Russian Textbooks
Advisor: Alberta Gatti

Alaa M. Sharif
On the Temporal Interpretation of Epistemic Modals: Evidence from Palestinian Arabic
Advisor: Sam Al Khatib
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program at GC CUNY Linguistics

Michael C. Stern
Testing the Perceptual Magnet Effect in Monolinguals and Bilinguals
Advisor: Kyle Gorman
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program at Yale

Anthony J. Vicario
Phonologically-Informed Speech Coding for Automatic Speech Recognition-based Foreign Language Pronunciation Training
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Angie Waller
Ghost Peppers: Using Ensemble Models to Detect Professor Attractiveness Commentary on
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Alan Wong
Mitigating Gender Bias in Neural Machine Translation Using Counterfactual Data
Advisor:  Kyle Gorman

Erjon Xholi
Knowledge of the Present Perfect by Albanian/English Bilinguals
Advisor: Sam Al Khatib

Marcos R. Ynoa
Analysis of PRO-drop Errors in L2 English by L1 Spanish Speakers
Advisor: Martin Chodorow


Sita Carraturo
The Effects of Language Background and Foreign Accent on Listening Comprehension
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Sara Morini
Demographic Factors as Domains for Adaptation in Linguistic Preprocessing
Advisor: Kyle Gorman

Robert D. Schultz Jr.
Generative Adversarial Networks and Word Embeddings for Natural Language Generation
Advisor: William Sakas

LeeAnn S. Stevens
Heritage Speaker and Late Bilingual L2 Relative Clause Processing and Language Dominance Effects
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Mengxuan Zhao
The Perception of Mandarin Tones in "Bubble" Noise by Native and L2 Listeners
Advisor: Michael I. Mandel


Jennifer K Bivens
Describing Doggo-Speak: Features of Doggo Meme Language
Advisor:  William Sakas

Lluvia Cervantes Camacho
Purepecha Aspirated Consonants and Their Phonetic Variants
Advisor: Juliette Blevins

Giacomo Castronovo (Jack)
The Social Perception of Three Features of New York City English
Advisor: Michael Newman
Current Affiliation: Adjunct, SKEMA Business School, Sofia-Antipolis, France, & EDHEC Business School, Nice, France, (2) instructor and speaking examiner Groupset
Advisor: Michael Newman

Jiyoung Choi
Speech Perception in “Bubble” Noise: Korean Fricatives and Affricates By Native and Non-native Korean Listeners
Advisor: Michael Mandel

Jennifer Gabriele
English Influence on L2 Speakers’ Production of Palatalization and Velarization
Advisor: Juliette Blevins

Liam Geron
Recursive Neural Networks for Semantic Sentence Representation
Advisor:  William Sakas

Arundhati Sengupta
Intergroup Variability in Personality Recognition
Advisor: Rebecca Levitan
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program GC CUNY Linguistics

Eric Tsai
Revisiting Lockhart: A Case for a Conditional Operator
Advisor: Sam Al Khatib


Khanin Chaiphet
Aspects of Quantifier Float in Thai
Advisor: William Haddican

Carolina Fraga
Spatial Prepositions in Spanish
Advisor: Christina Tortora
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program GC CUNY Linguistics

Jason Greenberg
From Rochel to Rose and Mendel to Max: First Name Americanization Patterns Among Twentieth-Century Jewish Immigrants to the United States
Advisor: Cecelia Cutler

Ellyn Keith
A Sentiment Analysis of Language & Gender Using Word Embedding Models
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Mark Romig
Contesting Victimhood: A Linguistic and Legal Anthropological Analysis of Defendant Experiences in New York’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts
Advisor: Miki Makihara

Brian Sloan
ES-ESA: An Information Retrieval Prototype Using Explicit Semantic Analysis and Elasticsearch
Advisor: William Sakas

Qi Zhang
A Discussion of Delimitative in Mandarin Chinese
Advisor: Sam Al Khatib


Steven Butler
Infixer: A Method for Segmenting Non-Concatenative Morphology in Tagalog
Advisor: William Sakas

Stanley Chen
Processing Filler-Gap Dependencies in Mandarin Chinese: An Effect of Language Exposure?
Advisor: Janet Dean Fodor
Current Affiliation: Ph.D. Program GC CUNY Speech-Hearing-Language-Sciences

Robin Davis
Nondescript: A Web Tool to Aid Subversion of Authorship Attribution
Advisor: William Sakas

Adam Goodkind
Utilizing Linguistic Context To Improve Individual and Cohort Identification in Typed Text
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Rui (Ruei) Huang
An Evaluation of POS Taggers for the CHILDES Corpus
Advisor: William Sakas

Rebecca Lovering
Event Parsing In Narrative: Trials And Tribulations Of Archaic English Fairy Tales
Advisor: William Sakas

Larissa Miller
An ERP Study of Sensory-Linguistic Processing in the Context of ASD Research
Advisor: Valerie Shafer

Maxwell Schwartz
An Examination of Cross-Domain Authorship Attribution Techniques
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Hanna Smokoski 
Voicing the Other: Mock AAVE on Social Media
Advisor: Cecelia Cutler
Current affiliation:  Bilingual Speech-language Pathologist, NYC Department of Education


Katie Albany 
/n/:/r/ Correspondences in Albanian Dialects: Understanding the n>r Sound Change
Advisor: Juliette Blevins

Danielle Ronkos
Obstruent Voicing and Tone in Siklis Gurung
Advisor: Juliette Blevins

Despina Malliaroudakis
Syntactic Constraints and Social Uses of Greek-English Intrasentential Codeswitching
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Yakov Blum
Techniques for Automatic Normalization of Orthographically Variant Yiddish Texts
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Magdalena Kieliszek
Vocabulary Through Affixes and Word Families - A Computer-Assisted Language Learning Program for Adult ELL Students
Advisor: Martin Chodorow

Linda Zalite
The Incidence and Evolution of Palatalized Consonants in Latvian
Advisor: Juliette Blevins

Prior M.A. Graduates

David Branco-Moreno (2014)
The Influence of Pseudo-relatives on Attachment Preferences in Spanish
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Hope Cotton (2014)
The Inner Workings of Automatic Text Summarization Systems: MEAD and SWESUM
Advisor: Virginia Teller

Toni Foster (2014)
Huu-fa thesis dat?: A Syntactic Analysis of Possessive Jamaican Creole Possessive WH-elements
Advisor: Marcel den Dikken

Justin Richards (2014)
Echolocation: Using Word-Burst Analysis to Rescore Keyword Search Candidates in Low-Resource Languages
Advisor: Andrew Rosenberg

Victoria Somogyi (2014)
Some complexities in English article use and acquisition
Advisor: Gita Martohardjono

Justine Napadano (2013)
The Language of Spatial Cognition and a typology of features composing frames of reference
Advisor: Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: CEO, TheLittleBookEater, Book and Story-Inspired Perfume Oils

Bien Dobui (2013)
The Pluralization of nouns in Xochistlahuaca Amuzgo
Advisor: Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: PhD Program Université Paris-Sorbonne, Graduate Research Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty, Paris College of Art

Wendy Dorsett (2013)
How similar are Japanese and Italian Syllables? A reconsideration of coda constraints in Italian
Advisor: Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: Director of Communications and Design, Anthology Film Archives

Peter Graif (2013)
Citing signs: A citational model of sign language phonology
Advisor: Juliette Blevins
Current Affiliation: Professor of Anthropology, The Open Institute,  Nepal

Rachel Rakov (2013)

Shannon Webb (2011)
Kathleen Richards (2011)
Ahmed Shamim (2011)
Iling Hsu (2011)
Sevil Gurlemis (2011)
Adam Hoss (2011)
Meghan Reutzel (2010)
Miki Nagai (2010)
Helen Sobolik (2009)
Seldina Galina (2009)
Nathan Dummitt (2009)
Steven Hoenisch (2009)
Julie Saracino (2008)
Ichiro Kishimoto (2008)
Atsuko Miyajima (2008)
Jesse Meyerson (2008)
Monica Casco (2008)

Helen Sobolik  (MA 2008) website
Too and Antecedent-Contained Deletion
Advisor: Robert Fiengo
Current Affiliation: Lead, Research & Data Services Bain & Company,  Boston

Kaushi Muditha Perera (MA 2007) | website
Beyond the Roman alphabet : cross-linguistic transfer of phonological awareness in reading 
Advisor: Elaine Klein
Current Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Radica Capoor (2005)
Acquisition of Ergativity in Hindi
Advisor: Helen Cairns

Daniel G Erker (2005)
Functional Compensation for Morphological Ambiguity in New York City Spanish
Advisor: Ricardo Otheguy
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Department of Romance Studies, Boston University 
Publications: Daniel G. Erker (

Erika Zoe Schutzman (2005)
Chrysanthe Filippardos (2004)
Gerald Dempsey (2004)
Eric Ford (2004)
Kerri Smith (2004)
Charles Braver (2003)
Zina Finkelstein (2003)
Roberta Pikser (2003)

Alumni Accomplishments

For full alumni dissertations, please visit CUNY's Academic Works for dissertations from 2014-present or the Mina Rees Library for dissertations prior to 2014.

The Graduate Center's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness makes data available on alumni through Tableau. For Linguistics, data shows:

In recent years, an average of 11 doctoral degrees have been awarded annually.

The current (as of Fall 2020)median time-to-degree is 7.7 years (by graduation year) and 6 years (by entering cohort).

Graduates (2003-2016) primarily work in the following job sectors: education (67.24%) and private industry (17.24%).

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