Our News: Current-Cohort Presentation by Samuel Liff

Congratulations to Samuel Liff! Thanks to a Hearst Opportunities Fund Scholarship award (for CUNY baccalaureate students), Samuel Liff presented his NSF-ILLC funded project at the second International Conference on Yiddish Language Structures (YiLaS 2), held at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. The conference focused on structural aspects of the Yiddish language system and included both theoretical and empirical presentations by experts in the linguistic analyses of Yiddish from the US and abroad. It was a great learning experience and success for Samuel: Many attendees showed interest in his project, gave constructive feedback, and expressed the wish to keep in touch.

Photos below!

Our News: Graduate School Admissions!

Congratulations to our current cohort for a number of acceptances to outstanding graduate programs!

  • Melissa Baker has been accepted to the AudD program at the Long Island Audiology Consortium of Adelphi University.
  • Chana Karp has been accepted to the Hunter College Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Ann Kochupurackal has been accepted to the Tufts University Psychology/Cognitive Science PhD program with five years of funding and tuition remission.
  • Steven Mera has been accepted to the Master’s programs in Speech-Language Pathology at Columbia, Brooklyn College, and MGH.

Our News: More Current-Cohort Presentations

We are pleased to announce two more current-cohort conference presentations:

Congratulations to Ann Kochuprakal, who presented a poster at LIU Discovery Day on April 24th, 2019 on the validity of a working memory test, part of her larger project on hearing impairment and cognitive decline in bilinguals!

Congratulations to Samuel Liff, who presented a poster on null subjects in Hasidic Yiddish at the 25th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference in Iowa City, May 3-4, 2019!

Our News: Current Cohort & Alumni Presented at NYSSLHA

A few of our current and former students presented at the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) in Albany, NY, May 2-5, 2019! Congratulations to alumna Daniella Shimoonov (2017-2018 cohort) and Chana Karp (2018-2019), who presented a poster on Hebrew-English and Russian-English bilinguals,  and to alumna Sarah Feng (2017-2018 cohort), who presented a poster on her ILLC/PSC-CUNY project on modified sine wave speech and tone perception in Cantonese.

Photos below!

Current Cohort News: Yerania Poline

We are pleased to announce that Yerania Poline presented a poster on her program project, titled The Comprehension of Subject-Verb Agreement in Dominican Spanish-Speaking Preschoolers, at the 6th Annual Language, Linguistics and Life Conference at Temple University in Philadelphia, on April 12th, 2019. She presented in both Spanish and English. Photo below!

Alumni News: Moné Skratt Henry

Congratulations to Moné Skratt Henry, who presented at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, a conference for undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented minorities in Higher Education!  It was held in February, in Washington, DC, and Moné’s paper, “Phrase Boundary Blinks in American Sign Language,” was one of the very few in Psychology and Linguistics.

Essay Contest for High School Students! Gift Card Prizes!

Essay Contest for High School Students

Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11.59PM EST

1st Prize: $300 Amazon Voucher
2nd Prize: $250 Amazon Voucher
3rd Prize: $200 Amazon Voucher

High-school students (currently enrolled in 9th-12th grades) in the New York-tri-state area are invited to submit either:

1) a response essay on one of the articles linked on this website: https://undergrad-language-research.org/ (“Breaking news: Language Sciences in the Media” on the right-hand side of the site).


2) for those students who have participated in a NACLO (North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad): an essay on how participating in NACLO has changed your life.

Length: 600 to 1,000 words

Winners will be invited to participate in a panel about the inclusion of linguistics/language sciences as a subject in high schools, to be held at LIU (Downtown Brooklyn campus) on June 21, 2019.

Submit Essays Here

Questions? Email us at intersectionlinglangcult @ gmail.com

Alumni News: Daniella Shimoonov

Congratulations to Daniella Shimoonov, who presented a poster at ASHA last month! (The Annual Convention for the American Speech and Hearing Association.) Daniella’s project is on bilingual preschool Hebrew-English and Russian-English speaking children. We are pleased to announce that Daniella’s project was also selected for the progeny program, which awards emerging undergrad researchers and enables them to discuss their projects with experts in the field, and attend professional development workshops. Photos below!

Alumni News: Sarah Feng

Congratulations to Qian Min (Sarah) Feng, who graduated from Brooklyn College at the end of her year in our program (this past spring), with her BA in Linguistics, with minors in Psychology and Speech! We are also pleased to announce that she is now serving as a Research Assistant at the Brooklyn College Linguistics Lab.