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Department News

October 5, 2015
Michael Newman Op-Ed in the New York Times.

Michael Newman has published an Op-Ed in the New York Times on New York City accents among current U.S. presidential candidates. Check it out!:

Great, Michael!

September 4, 2015
Conference presentations by Katie Wozniak.

The department congratulates 2015 BA graduate, Katie Wozniak, who has had abstracts accepted for poster presentations at two upcoming conferences.

Wozniak, K.,: "Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Integral Stimulation", PSUxLing2: Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition in Spanish and General Linguistics, October 16, 2015.

Wozniak, K., Haddican, B., Foulkes, P. Hughes, V. and Soskuthy, M.,: "The exceptionality of Tyneside back vowel fronting", NWAV 44, October 22-25, 2015.

Katie’s research is supported by the College’s Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Education program.

Great work, Katie!

August 28, 2015
The department welcomes new staff and students.

Welcome new students! We’re very happy to have you with us.

The department is also very happy to welcome four new faculty and staff members: Daniel Kaufman, Assistant Professor, Dana Calvet, Carlos de Cuba & Christopher Milson, Substitute Lecturers, and Cecille Swayneson, College Assistant.

Welcome all!

June 3, 2015
NSF grant to Emily Long Olsen.

Congratulations to instructor Emily Long Olsen who has received a prestigious National Science Foundation dissertation improvement grant. The title of Emily’s project is “DDRIG: Expanding Phonological Typology through Kaco' Sound Patterns.”

March 16, 2015
Megan Valentin scholarship award.

Congratulations to Megan Valentin, who is this year's recipient of the 2015 New York State Speech Language Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) Undergraduate Scholarship Award based on academics and research involvement!

Well done, Megan!

November 16, 2014

The department has seven members presenting at the American Speech Language Hearing Association National Convention this month, in Orlando, Florida:

Brienza, Sal: “Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Integral Stimulation”

Gelfand, Stan: "Development of a Multi-faceted Speech Recognition Test"

Neumann-Werth, Yael et al.: “Content vs. Function Words: An Electrophysiological Investigation of Discourse Processing

Neumann-Werth, Yael, et al.: “A Case Study of Code-switching and Discourse Markers in Bilingual Aphasia”

Stark, Joel, et al.: “SLP Roles as ‘Guzintas’: A Seminar Honoring Barbara Ehren’s Work”

Jenkins, Lindsay and Dunn-Davison, Megan: SRAD Instruction in Persuasive Writing in Students with Language Impairment.

Great work, everyone!

November 1, 2014
Sal Brienza to be program chair for NYS ASHA convention.

Sal Brienza is to be the Program Chair for the New York State Speech Language Hearing Annual Convention to be held in Rochester, New York in April 2015.

October 27, 2014
Undergraduate research day presentations.

Alexa Kotowtiz, Megan Valentin, and Khanin Chaiphet represented the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders at the Queens College Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, October 24.

Nicely done, team!

October 9, 2014
Conference presentations by Khanin Chaiphet and Leyla Eldridge.

Leyla Eldridge and Khanin Chaiphet presented posters at the Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition in Hispanic and General Linguistics (PSUxLing) on Oct. 3. Khanin’s poster title was "The Status of Inverse Scope in Thai: A Comparison between Native and Heritage Speaker”  Leyla’s was "Syntactic and Semantic Constraints of English Embedded Indirect Questions"

Khanin also gave an oral presentation at the 5th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas at UCLA from October 17-19, 2014. His talk was entitled "The Status of Inverse Scope in Thai: A Comparison between Native and Heritage Speakers.”

Fantastic work, Leyla and Khanin!

August 11, 2014
Lindsay Cardinali receives ASHA SPARC award.

Undergraduate Lindsay Cardinali has received an ASHA Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award. The goal of the program is to prepare promising undergraduates for PhD-level research in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The award provides funding for a mentored teaching and mentored research project to be carried out next year. Lindsay's research focus will be to access, search, and analyze data on academic, language, and behavior outcomes of children due to temporary or prolonged homelessness, and her teaching activities will involve attending a Teaching Strategies course, and prepare experiential learning activities. Her mentoring team includes:  Megan Dunn Davison (primary mentor), Elizabeth Riina (FNES), Sima Gerber, Joel Stark, and Kathy Downing.

Congratulations Lindsay!

May 5, 2014
Anna Trester speaks to Linguistics club.

Anna Trester (Georgetown University) spoke to the Linguistics Club on May 5. Her talk was entitled, "What can you do with a degree in Linguistics?" Check out the slides on the Linguistics Club's Tumblr site.

May 3, 2014
Byung Kim wins best paper at HULLS 4.

Byung's talk at the 4th Annual Hunter Undergraduate Linguistics and Language Studies Conference, won the best presentation prize. His talk was entitled, "An experimental investigation of scrambling in Korean." (QC Linguistics Undergraduate JX Yu won this prize at last year's conference.)

Michael Newman gave a plenary talk at the conference entitled, "NYC vs. BCN: Latino Immigrants' Adaptation to Local Dialectal Variation in New York and Barcelona"

Well done, Byung and Michael!

April 22, 2014
Kate Menken article in Educational Policy.

Kate's got another article just out:

Menken, K. & Solorza, C. (2014). No child left bilingual: Accountability and the elimination of bilingual education programs in New York City schools.Educational Policy, 8(1), 96-125. 

Check out the paper, on Kate's webpage.

Go, Kate!

April 1, 2014
Students Ashley Barlev, Lindsay Jenkins and Zlata Katanov present at the Student Research Poster Day at Graduate Center.

Ashley, Lindsay and Zlata presented poster presentations at the event which took place in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, March 28th. Here are some pix:

Great job!!

March 12, 2014
Karen Ball, Salvatore Brienza and Cecilia Navarra to present at NYSSLHA.

Karen Ball is speaking at a panel discussion on "Outcome Focused Dysphagia Practice: A Presentation of Case Studies". Sal Brienza is presenting on "Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Integral Stimulation." Cecila Navarra's presentation is entitled "I Think I Know Why He Did That: The Role of the Internal State Language in the Comprehension of Character Behavior in Fiction."

Well done, team.

March 3, 2014
Elizabeth Ijalba's invited presentation at NYSABE.

Elizabeth Ijalba will give an invited talk at the New York State Association for Bilingual Educators (NYSABE) on March 6.  The title of her presentation will be:  Parents and teachers as cultural brokers in their children's education.

Well done, Elizabeth!

February 7, 2014
Stanley Gelfand in JSLHR.

Stanley Gelfand and two co-authors have a paper hot off the press in JSLHR. Check it out:

Gelfand, J.T., Christie, R.E., and Gelfand, S.A. (2014). Large-corpus phoneme and word recognition and the generality of lexical context in CVC word perception. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 57, 297-307.

Well done.

February 5, 2014
Megan Dunn Davison and students Lindsay Jenkins and Zlata Katanov at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Congratulations to Megan Dunn Davison and QC students Lindsay Jenkins and Zlata Katanov who have been accepted to present at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. Their talk is entitled "Writing outcomes in adolescents with language impairment."

Fantastic work!

January 27, 2014
New CUNY-NYSIEB grant.

Congratulations to Kate Menken and the rest of the CUNY-NYSIEB team, who have just been awarded funding from the New York State Department of Education to extend their project for three years. Check out the CUNY-NYSIEB website:

Great news!

January 8, 2014
Undergraduate Tesol students in Dialogue.

Christine Costa, Pauline Cheng and Venessa Garcia are featured in the NYS TESOL Dialogue online journal.  They were asked to talk about their experience at the conference they attended in November. Check it out:

Well done, you three!

January 2, 2014
New journal articles by Bill Haddican.

Bill Haddican has three journal articles just out:
Haddican, B., Holmberg, A., Tsoulas, G. and Tanaka, H.. 2014. Interrogative slifting constructions in English. Lingua online.

D’Arcy, A., Haddican, B., Tagliamonte, S., Richards, H. and Taylor, A. 2013. Asymmetrical trajectories: The past and present of –body/—one. Language Variation and Change. 25(3), 287-310.

Haddican, B., Foulkes, P., Hughes, V. and Richards, H. 2013. Interaction of social and linguistic constraints on two vowel changes in Northern England. Language Variation and Change. 25(3), 371-403.


November 1, 2013
Stanley Gelfand and graduate student Mary Napolitano present two posters at ASHA.

Gelfand SA, & Napolitano M: Lexical Analysis of Monosyllabic Speech Recognition Tests. (designated as a Meritorious Poster Submission.)

Napolitano M, & Gelfand SA: Infant and Child Hearing: Screening and Assessment.

Well done Mary and Stan!

October 16, 2013
Leslie Gruber elected to advisory council of ASHA.

Leslie is the new New York State Representative.  Her 3-year terms begins January 2014. Congratulations, Leslie!

October 14, 2013
Sarah Benor speaks to the Linguistics Club.

Sarah Benor of Hebrew Union College speaks to the Linguistics Club on 10/16. Her talk is entitled "Frumspeak: How Orthodox Jews Speak English in America Today "

October 1, 2013
Yael Neumann-Werth in Neurocase.

Neumann-Werth, Y., Levy, E. S., & Obler, L. K. (2013). Hemispheric processing of vocal emblem sounds. Neurocase, 19(3), 268-281.

Go, Yael!

September 27, 2013
New journal articles by Kate Menken.

Three (count 'em, 3!) new journal articles by Kate Menken have appeared:

Menken, K. (2013). Emergent bilingual students in secondary school: Along the academic language and literacy continuum. Language Teaching, 46(4), 438-476.

Menken, K. (2013). Restrictive language education policies and emergent bilingual youth: A perfect storm with imperfect outcomes. Theory into Practice, 52(3), 160-168.

Koyama, J. & Menken, K. (2013). Emergent bilinguals: Framing students as statistical data? Bilingual Research Journal, 36(1), 82-99.


Sepbember 1, 2013
Megan Dunn Davison joins the department

Megan's research focuses on child language development and disorders, literacy. Welcome, Megan!


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