• Congratulations to Zack Jaggers, who successfully defended his dissertation titled “A combined sociolinguistic and experimental phonetic approach to loanword variation and adaptation” (chaired by Renée Blake and Lisa Davidson)!  Starting in Fall 2018, he will also be working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Speech Production and Production Lab at the University of Oregon. 
  • Dan Duncan will be a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Newcastle University, starting in Fall 2018.  Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Isaac Bleaman, who has successfully defended his dissertation, titled “Linguistic Outcomes of Language Maintenance: Yiddish in New York”! (May)
  • Congratulations to NYU sociolinguist graduates Isaac Bleaman, Dan Duncan, Zack Jaggers, and Allison Shapp!
  • Marie-Eve Bouchard (PhD 2017) has two new paper out on Saotomean Portuguese: “A distinctive Use of R as a marker of Santomean identity”  (paper here), and “Subject Pronoun Expression in Santomean Portuguese” (paper here)
  • Laurel MacKenzie has a paper soon to appear in Language Variation and Change, titled “Variable stem-final fricative voicing in American English plurals: “Different pa[ð ~ θ]s of change.”  See the accepted version here.
  • Congratulations to Becky Laturnus and Dan Duncan, who have successfully defended their dissertations!  Becky’s is titled: “The effects of bias, exposure, and input variation on perceptual adaptation to non-native speech” ; Dan’s is titled: “Language Variation and Change in the Geographies of Suburbs.”
    Congratulations to Natalie Povilonis de Vilchez, who has been awarded a GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship! (April)
  • Congratulations to Zack Jaggers, who was runner-up in the LSA 5-Minute Linguist Challenge!
  • Current NYU sociolinguists present at the annual LSA meeting in Salt Lake City.
    • Rebecca Laturnus: Implicit bias weakens perceptual adaptation to non-native speech
    • Zack Jaggers: Loanword variation and perception: A case of methodological choices and experimental outcomes
    • Isaac Bleaman: Big data in a low resource language: Syntactic variation in Hasidic Yiddish on the web
    • Allison Shapp: Long Island suburbs move towards nasal short-a split, still hold on to NYC features
    • Dan Duncan: Changing language and identity during suburbanization