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September 19, 2018
Professor Robert Vago celebrated for 45 years of scholarship.

Professor Robert Vago was celebrated in Budapest at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in honor of 45 years of scholarship on the sound structure of the Hungarian language, with implications for general phonological theory.

September 7, 2018
The Speech and Language Brown Bag schedule for Fall 2018 is now out:

Wed. 10/10 Jennifer Stengel-Mohr (QC LCD)
Wed. 11/7 Sima Gerber (QC LCD)
Mon. 12/10 David Lahti (QC Biology)

The talks will be in QH325 during free hour. Please feel free to spread the word to colleagues that you think might be interested.

March 7, 2018
Megan Dunn Davison Brown Bag Talk on 3/14.

Please join us for our second Speech and Language Brown Bag talk of the term, with LCD's Megan Dunn Davison. A title and abstract for the talk are provided below. The talk will be 12:15-1:30 on Weds. 3/14 in QH 325. Hope to see you there!

Parent Engagement and Children's Vocabulary Outcomes

This purpose of this project is to better understand parenting qualities as risks or resources to children’s language development. Using a national database that represents low-income mothers, fathers, and their children, this study tests longitudinal associations between multiple dimensions of parenting (e.g., parental engagement, stress, and support) and children’s language abilities from preschool through middle childhood. As yet, little research considers multidimensional family processes that shape children’s language skills over time, despite considerable evidence for the role of parenting in other aspects of child development. Examining these associations in a sample of at-risk families, findings will highlight the parenting factors that promote versus undermine children’s language development, and direct family-focused intervention efforts to an underrepresented group. Preliminary results of parenting and children's language development when children were age 5 will be presented.

December 11, 2017​
Graduate open house for Linguistics.

Check out our information session for our Graduate programs in Linguistics, February 1, 2018, 4-7 pm in Queens Hall, room 330.
Please RSVP at . For more information, please email Bill Haddican at

December 1, 2017
Speech and Language Brown Bag Series.

Starting in the spring of 2018 the LCD department will host a monthly brown bag series featuring work at QC in the Language Sciences. Here's our lineup for the spring (talk titles TBA).

2/14, Dan Kaufman
3/14, Megan Dunn Davison
4/18, Seongyeon Ko
5/9, Cecilia Navarra

Talks will be on Wednesdays 12:15-1:30 in QH 325. See you there!

October 3, 2017
Undergraduates Gianluke Rachiele & Zi Zi Gina Tan at NWAV.

Undergraduates Gianluke Rachiele & Zi Zi Gina Tan are co-authors, with faculty members Newman and Haddican, on a poster presentation at the upcoming New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference:

Newman, M., Haddican, B., Rachiele, G., Tan, Z. 2017. Almost everyone in New York is raising PRICES (but no longer backing PRIZES). New Ways of Analyzing Variaiton, Madison, Wisconsin.

Well done Gianluke and Gina!

October 2, 2017
Yael Neumann poster presentations.

Yael Neumann has four upcoming poster presentations at the Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Annual convention of the Academy of Aphasia.

  • Neumann, Y., Walters, J., Samet, D., Barry, C., Flatow, S., Fichman, S., and Altman, C. Efficiency and Verbal Productivity in Bilingual Aphasia. Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California. November 2017.
  • Neumann, Y., and Rodriguez, J. The Effectiveness of Group Therapy on Conversational Skills in People with Aphasia. Annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Los Angeles, California. November 2017.
  • Neumann, Y., and Rodriguez, J. Investigating the Efficiency of Group Therapy on Improving Conversational Skills in People with Aphasia. Annual convention of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, Maryland. November 2017.
  • Neumann, Y., Walters, J., Samet, D., Barry, C., Flatow, S., Fichman, S., and Altman, C. Fluency in the Narratives of a Bilingual Person with Non-fluent Aphasia and a Neurogenic Stutter. Annual convention of the Academy of Aphasia, Baltimore, Maryland. November 2017.

October 1, 2017
Cecilia Navarra at the New York State Council on Exceptional Children's annual conference.

Cecilia's presentation is titled: "Considering Theory of Mind from a Language Perspective: Research and Clinical Directions". The conference is October 20-21, 2017 in Binghamton, NY.

September 20, 2017
Gabriela Batres receives Dean's Award and NIH travel award.

Undergraduate Gabriela Batres received the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Dunn Davison. She also received an NIH travel award to attend the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she will be presenting "Caregiver Complex Syntax: A Pilot Study" with Dr. Dunn Davison.

Fantastic work, Gabriela.

February 1, 2017
Megan Dunn Davison named Editor of JSLHR.

Megan Dunn Davison has been named editor of the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research Language section for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Great, Megan!

September 23, 2016
Kate Menken receives two grants.

Congratulations to Kate Menken and BMCC colleague Sharon Avni who have just received a Spencer Foundation Small Grant for a project entitled “Diversity in the Expansion of Dual Language Bilingual Education: The Case of Hebrew-English Programs in New York City Public Schools”. In addition, Kate and RISLUS collaborators have received additional funding for a new phase of the CUNY-NYSIEB project. Check out their webpage here:

Well done, Kate and Sharon!

September 9, 2016
Alumnus Ian Miller in Explorations in Linguistics.

Congratulations to alumnus Ian Miller, who has just published an article in Explorations in Linguistics:  An Online Journal of Undergraduate Research, based on research carried out as a QC undergrad:

Miller, I. 2016. Perceptual Correlates of High-Rising Terminal Intonation in New York English. Explorations in Linguistics 3, 1.

Check out the article here:

September 3, 2016
Dan Kaufman receives grant from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

Congratulations to Dan Kaufman, who has received a grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange for a project entitled, "Constituency in Formosan Languages". The project focuses on the syntax of several Austronesian languages of Taiwan.

September 1, 2016
Cecilia Navarra to chair Language and Literacy Committee at NYSSLHA.

Congratulations to Cecilia Navarra who has been invited to chair the Language and Literacy Committee at the 2017 New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention!

August 25, 2016
LCD welcomes new faculty members Dana Calvet and Michelle Cassano.

Dana Calvet and Michelle Cassano have joined the department as Lecturers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Welcome aboard!

August 20, 2016
New book by Stanley Gelfand.

Stanley Gelfand has a new book out:

Gelfand, S.A. 2016. Essentials of Audiology, Fourth Edition. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.

Well done, Stan!

August 5, 2016
Michael Newman and Bill Haddican receive NSF grant.

Michael Newman and Bill Haddican, together with Christina Tortora (CSI), Cece Cutler (Lehman) and Beatrice Santorini (Penn), have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant, for their project entitled, "A Corpus of New York City English: Audio-Aligned and Parsed" (CoNYCE). Check out the webpage:

August 1, 2016
Karen Ball in Perspectives.

Karen Ball and co-author Luis Riquelme were invited to write a paper (peer reviewed) for Perspecives, which has just appeared:

Ball,K., Riquelme, L. 2016. The Graduate Dysphagia Class: Opening the Door to New Frontiers. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups 1,3.

May 10, 2016
Elizabeth Ijalba in AJSLP.

Elizabeth Ijalba has a new paper in AJSLP:

Ijalba, E. 2016. Hispanic Immigrant Mothers of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: How Do They Understand and Cope With Autism? American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 25, 2.
Well done!

May 10, 2016
Awards for Linda Mathew and Elissa Olivera.

Linda Mathew has been awarded a Fulbright to study next year in Thailand. Elissa Olivera won the QC Paul Klapper Scholarship and will speak at Baccalaureate this year. We're proud of you both!

May 5, 2016
Robert Vago invited lecture in Budapest.

Robert Vago was invited to give a lecture at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.


May 1, 2016
Yael Neumann in Aphasiology and IJLCD.

Yael has two articles forthcoming:

  • Neumann, Y., Walters, J., and Altman, C. (2016). Code-switching and discourse markers in bilingual aphasia. Aphasiology. DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2016.1184222.
  • Neumann, Y., Epstein, B., and Shafer, V.S. (2016). Electrophysiological indices of brain activity to content and function words in discourse.International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12230.


May 1, 2016
Student research day.

The department held its annual Student Research Day event showcasing excellent work by undergraduate and graduate students

Excellent work!

April 8, 2016

Graduate and UG students in SLP/CSD are presenting research posters at the NYSSLHA’s annual meeting in Saratoga Springs April 8 & 9. Thanks to their faculty mentors – Cecilia Navarra, Yael Neumann & Megan Dunn Davison!

April 1, 2016
Sima Gerber workshops in Israel.

Sima Gerber presented 3 days of workshops at the Israel DIR Conference on the challenges in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and working with children within the DIR/FT model. She also did a day of master classes with clinicians and clients for her hosts.

Fantastic, Sima!

March 27, 2016
Karen Ball at ASHA.

Karen Ball was invited as a "Subject Matter Expert" to the ASHA national office for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing to participate in a Practice Analysis process, March 27 & 28.

March 17, 2016
Dan Kaufman awarded Mellon grant.

Dan Kaufman was awarded a QC Diversity Enhancement Research Grant through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for "Student-driven documentation of endangered dialects and languages at Queens College". This will help to launch the new Language documentation Lab in LCD over the coming months!

March 3, 2016
Michael Newman on Atlas Obscura.

Michael Newman is featured in an article on the New York City accent on Atlas Obscura:

February 1, 2016
Kate Menken Keynote.

Kate Menken was the keynote speaker at the Celebration of Teaching Conference, at Teachers College, Columbia Univ. in February; "Carving out spaces for multilingualism in an English-only context: The power of educators as language policy makers".

Go, Kate!

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.

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 ou


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.


ll 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


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 Clu


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 appear


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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