Monthly Lectures 2002 - 2011


December 10, 2011
Kate Menken, Queens College
Title: "Why Are We Losing Bilingual Education Programs in New York City Schools?: Factors in School Administrators' Language Education Policy Decisions"

November 12, 2011
Judy B. Bernstein, William Paterson University
Title: "Expletives and other Displaced Pronouns in Appalachian English"

October 22, 2011
Miguel A. Jiménez-Crespo, Rutgers University
Title: "The 'Language of Translation' in an Internet Era"

May 14, 2011
Kristine Billmyer, Dean, School of Continuing Education, Columbia University
Title: "Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition: Issues and Opportunities in Instructed Pragmatics"

March 12, 2011
Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth, NYU Steinhardt;
Scott GoldbergAzrieli, School of Jewish Education, Yeshiva University;
Tristin Klein, NYU Steinhardt.
Title: "Becoming Biliterate in a Heritage Language: Addressing the Challenges"

February 12, 2011
John L. Locke, Lehman College, City University of New York
Title: "Walls and Whispers: Eavesdropping, Gossip, and Other Liminal Pursuits"


December 11, 2010
Alice Deakins, William Paterson University
Title: “The Writers’ Sentence: Editing for Grammar and Style”

November 13, 2010
Kamal K. Sridhar and S.N. Sridhar, Stony Brook University
Title:  “Ethnicity and Language Maintenance: Marathi in Thanjavur”

October 9, 2010
Lawrence M. Solan, Brooklyn Law School, Don Forchelli Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Title: “Construing Laws: Language or Intent?”

May 8, 2010
Kathryn English, Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Ecole Polytechnique
Title: “What They Mean by What They Don’t Say. Managing Assumptive Frameworks Across Continents”

March 13, 2010
Clifford A. Hill, Arthur I. Gates Professor of Language and Education Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University
Title: “Thinking Back on the Deixis Research: What Does it All Mean?”

February 13, 2010
Michael Newman, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Queens College
Title: “How can you sound Asian in American English?: A dialect recognition and sociophonetic study of Korean and Chinese Americans native English”


December 12, 2009
Martin R. Gitterman, Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Title: “Teaching Pronunciation: Age-Related Considerations”

November 14, 2009
Haralambos Symeonidis, University of Kentucky
Title: “ALGR (Átlas Lingüístico Guaraní-Románico)”

October 10, 2009
Charlotte Linde, NASA Ames Research Center
Title: “Working the Past: Narrative and Institutional Memory”

May 9, 2009
Nancy Stern, City College of New York
Title: “Behave or Behave Yourself: Grammar, Meaning, and Communication”

March 14 2009
Kathleen O’Connor-Bater, SUNY College at Old Westbury
Title: “A Cognitive Explanation of Ruben Dario’s Idealist Liberal Poems”

February 14, 2009
Maria Kasparova and Mary Yepez, Bergen Community College
Title: “Which Writing Texts Work for ESL Students?”


December 13, 2008
Celeste Sullivan, Southern Connecticut State University
Title: “Variation in Intonation Patterns According to Language and Social Context in Lahore”

November 8, 2008
Clyde Coreil, New Jersey City University
Title: “The Duality of Language”

October 11, 2008
Yolanda Chavez-Cappellini, Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz
Title: “Suffixation and Compounding in Andean Toponyms”

May 10, 2008
Joseph L. Malone, Professor Emeritus of Barnard College and Columbia University
Title: “Transdialectal Patterns of Mutation in Aramaic as Evidence for Special Origins: Isogloss Pockets, Anachronic” Dialects, and More,”

March 8, 2008
Prof. Cecilia Robustelli, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, Associate Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Title: “The Role of the Italian Language in the New European Landscape.”

February 9, 2008
George L. Greaney, Director of the Hofstra University English Language Program for international students and adjunct assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Languages at Hofstra
Title: “What Makes a Good Translation? How to Render ‘Live’ Speech in a ‘Dead’ Language. The Case of Attic Oratory”


December 8, 2007
Kate Parry, Professor in the Department of English, Hunter College, City University of New York and Chair, Uganda Community Libraries Association.
Title: “Languages in Africa”

November 10, 2007
Peter T. Daniels (noted scholar and author).
Title: “Smudges, cuneiforms, moon-spun vowels:  A Unified View of the Diverse Origins of Writing.”

October 13, 2007
David K. Barnhart (Editor, Lexik House Publishers)
Title: “The Sieve Syndrome: What happens to new words”

May 12, 2007
Ann Delilkan, New York City College of Technology
Title: “Codas and Head Feet in Malay”

March 3, 2007
Arthur K. Spears, The City College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Title: “African American English: Recent Advances in Understanding the Grammar-Use Interface”

Feb. 17, 2007
Christa de leine, College of Notre Dame, Maryland
Title: “Students from Anglophone West Africa in US Classrooms”


December 9, 2006
Lawrence M. Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Title: "Can We Tolerate Variation in Understanding the Law?"

November 11, 2006
Edgar Radtke, Romanisches Seminar der Universität Heidelberg
Title: "New Horizons for Romance Linguistics? How to solve the Methodological Problems"

October 21, 2006
Gita Martohardjono, Dept. of Linguistics, CUNY Graduate School
Title: "The Comparison Between Children's and Second Language Learners' Adults' Acquisition of Tense and Aspect"

October May 13, 2006
Stephanie Smolinsky, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Title: "Sound Patterns and Meaning in Keats' Bright Star: a Computational Approach"

March 11, 2006
Harold Schiffman, University of Pennsylvania
Title: "When Language Policy Fails: the Problem of Implementation"

February 11, 2006
Daniel Lowit, University of Helsinki, Finno-Ugric Department
Title: "Syntactic Borrowing in Proto-Finnic: The Role of Reconstruction"


December 10, 2005
David Prager Branner, University of Maryland
Title: "The True Color of Mandarin Chinese"

November 12, 2005
Suresh Canagarajah, Baruch College, CUNY
Title: "Negotiating Power in Global English"

October 1, 2005
Robert Phillipson, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Title: "Language Rights in a neo-imperial world: English for uniting or dividing?"

May 14, 2005
Rafael Orozco, Mercy College
Title: "A Sociolinguistic Examination of the Expressions of Future Time and Nominal Possession in Colombian Spanish"

March 19, 2005
Emmanuele Banfi
Title: "The Acquisition of Relative Clauses by Chinese People Learning Italian Spontaneously as a Second Language: Structural and Typological Considerations"

February 12, 2005
Robert Leonard, Hofstra University
Title: "The Law is Language, the Law is Data: Forensic Linguistics, NYPD BLUE, and the Importance of Schemas"


December 11, 2004
Michele Knobel, Montclair State University,
Title: "The Medium and the Message: A Sociocultural Analysis of Power, Writing and the Blogosphere Series on Multimodal Discourse Analysis"

November 13, 2004
Ron and Suzanne Wong Scollon, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
Title: "Multimodality, Virtual Networks and Social Change: Problems in Multimodal Discourse Analysis"

October 10, 2004
David K. Barnhart
Title: "Neology: the newest of the new." Series on Multimodal Discourse

April 10, 2004
Carey Jewitt, The Institute of Education, University of London
Title: "Reshaping Learning: New Technologies & Multimodality"

February 7, 2004
Kevin M. Leander, Vanderbilt University
Title: "Literacy Networks: Following the Circulation of Texts, Bodies and Discourses in the Online and Offline Literacy Practices of Adolescents"


December 6, 2003
Dr. Sigrid Norris, CCE Consulting, LLC & Georgetown University
Title: "Multimodal Interactional Analysis: Some Theoretical and Methodological Notions"

November 8,
Professor Ricardo Otheguy, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Title: "Contact and Leveling in Pronominal Usage in Six Dialects of Spanish in New York"

October 11, 2003
Professors Elana Shohamy and Tamar Levin. Tel Aviv University
Title: "Assessing the Achievement in Mathematics and Hebrew of Immigrant Students in Israel: Results and Issues"

April 26, 2003
Brian V. Street, King's College, London, U.K.
Title: "What's New in New Literacy Studies?"

March 1, 2003
Aurolyn Luykx, University of Miami, Florida
Title: "Language Ideologies and Linguistic Standardization in Andean South America"

February 15, 2003
Kate Allen, Kanda University & John Ingulsrud, Meisei University, Japan
Title: "First Steps to Literacy in Chinese Classrooms"


December 14, 2002
Rudolf P. Gaudio, Department of Anthropology, Purchase College, SUNY
Title: "The Political Economy of Casual Conversation, or Why We Pay to Talk at Starbucks"

November 9, 2002
Allan Luke, Graduate School of Education, University of Queensland
Title: "Discourse and Materialism: Apologies, Capital and Aboriginal Education"

October 12, 2002
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
Title: "Bilingualism and Emotions"

May 11, 2002
John Algeo, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia
Title: "The Briticisms Are Coming! The Influence of British English on the American Language"

March 9, 2002
Bede McCormack, Teachers College, Columbia University
Title: "The Maintenance and Loss of Reflexive Binding in the L2 English of Japanese-English Bilinguals"

Februay 9, 2002
Kamal K. Sridhar, SUNY, Stony Brook University
Title: "Patterns of Acquisition and Maintenance of a Transplanted Language"