Naomi Nagy

Linguistics at U of T

Current position

Associate professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto

naomi dot nagy @ utoronto dot ca

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Publications | Presentations | Conference posters

Current Research Projects | Research Experience | Sabbatical Report 2013

Teaching Experience | Education

Supervision of graduate research | Supervision of undergraduate research

Grants and Honors | Service | Languages

Education

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, PA

Ph.D. in Linguistics, 1996.

Dissertation title: "Language Contact and Language Change in the Faetar Speech Community" (abstract and ordering information)

Dissertation committee: Drs. Gillian Sankoff (chair), Mark Liberman, Donald Ringe, Gregory Guy

LSA LINGUISTICS INSTITUTE 1993 The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Hanover, NH

BA cum Laude, June 1989. Majors: linguistics (with Honors) and French.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY Montreal, Canada

Visiting student in linguistics and French departments, Spring 1988.

Research Experience

  • PI for Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto project since 2009. This project records and analyzed the varieties of 6 heritage languages spoken by three generations of speakers in Toronto today. It involved >50 students in its first two years.
  • Participant/observer field worker in Faeto, Italy, during which I recorded over 50 hours of speech in Faetar and Italian from about 90 speakers, designed and conducted several speech production and perception experiments, and learned to speak Faetar. (1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004) I have also published a descriptive grammar of Faetar and am developing an online instructional grammar.
  • Investigator of regional English patterns in New England, including the McGill/New Hampshire/Vermont Dialect survey project. Activities include research design, administration, analysis, integrating surveys, recordings of reading passages, and a sociolinguistic interview series. See press release March 2006. (1997-2010)
  • Research collaborator for William Labov's project The role of evaluation in linguistic change sponsored by NSF. Developing research instruments and collecting data for the Boston portion of this study which examines how people perceive and judge accents. (2004-2006) [Paper]
  • Research assistant for Université de Montréal investigation of language use by Montreal Anglophones directed by P. Thibault and G. Sankoff. Duties included designing, conducting, and annotating interviews, analyzing, writing up and presenting results. (Summer 1994, 1995, 1997)
  • Field worker for the Philadelphia Language Change and Variation project directed by William Labov. Duties included locating subjects, designing and carrying out sociolinguistic interviews and elicitation tasks, and conducting phonological and discourse analysis of the data collected. (1990-1991)

Research Grants

  • HERITAGE PROGRAM ACQUISITIONS GRANT from the Shevchenko Foundation: The changing Canadian Ukrainian language: Collecting a corpus. 2014-2015. (collaborators: Alexei Kochetov, Melania Hrycyna, Maksym Shkvorets, Ulyana Bila). Support for fieldwork, transcription and analysis.
  • STANDARD RESEARCH GRANT from SSHRC: Multilingualism and Ethnic Identity: An International Perspective. 2012-2015. (collaborator; James Walker, PI). Support for data collection on English spoken in Heritage Language communities in Toronto.
  • STANDARD RESEARCH GRANT from SSHRC: Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto, 2009-2012. (410-2009-2330). Support for corpus building and analysis.
  • Endangered Language Fund Grant for 2002-03. Support for developing a pedagogical grammar for Faetar.
  • UNH Faculty Development Grant, for 2002. Support for developing a pedagogical grammar for Faetar.
  • UNH Alumni Annual Gifts Fund grant for 2002. Support for developing a pedagogical grammar of Faetar.
  • SUMMER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP, UNH, for 2000. Support for the completion of a grammar of Faetar.
  • GUSTAFSON FACULTY FELLOWSHIP, UNH, for 2000. Support for research to produce a grammar of Faetar for an Endangered Language grammar series.
  • SUMMER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP, UNH, for 1997. Support for fieldwork and analysis of French as spoken by Montreal Anglophones.
  • MELLON/SAS DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP for 1995-96. Awarded for outstanding scholarship and academic record.
  • SALVATORI RESEARCH GRANTS in 1992, 1993, and 1994, University of Pennsylvania . Support for extensive field work on language contact and sound change in Faetar, a Francoprovençal dialect spoken in southern Italy.
  • DEAN'S GRANT This grant from the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, offset research expenses incurred during fieldwork in Faeto, 1994.
  • LSA FELLOWSHIP for Linguistics Institute 1993. Tuition for six summer courses.

Curriculum Development Grants

Honors

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Linguistics, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY LONDON. March 2013.

Teaching Experience

The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, 2013-.
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, 2008-2013.

Please see my Teaching webpage.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Durham, NH

Associate Professor, English Department, and Interdepartmental Linguistics Program Coordinator. 2002-2008.

Assistant Professor, English Department, and Interdepartmental Linguistics Program Coordinator. 1996-2002.

Courses

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY Wellington, New Zealand

  • Visiting academic, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Taught two sociolinguistics courses. July-August 2005

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, PA

  • Instructor for American Dialects. Phonetics, phonology, dialect geography, experimental design and field methodology are combined in this study of regional and ethnic variation in American English. Spring 1995.
  • Tutor for graduate-level Quantitative Methods courses. I organized sessions in which I reviewed and clarified methods of quantitative analysis, statistics, and software packages.
  • Instructor for Introductory Linguistics II. Topics include phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics. Fall 1994.
  • Instructor for Introductory Linguistics I. Topics include syntax, semantics, pragmatics, animal communication, linguistics and computers, non-standard Englishes. Summer 1993, Fall 1993, Winter 1994.
  • Teaching Assistant to Dr. William Labov, for introductory undergraduate course in phonetics, phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics. Spring 1993
  • Teaching Assistant to Dr. Anthony Kroch, introductory undergraduate course in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Fall 1992
  • French Instructor at the graduate and undergraduate level, 1990-1992
THE AMERICAN SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND Lugano, Switzerland
  • Teacher of Intermediate French and Advanced English as a foreign language, dormitory counselor and sports coach, Summer 1990.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Hanover, NH

  • French Teaching Assistant to Drs. John Rassias and Sarah Sully, taught intermediate level conversation and drill class daily. Fall 1988-Spring 1989.
  • Assistant Teacher for Language Outreach, taught English conversation at varying levels of proficiency in one-on-one and group sessions. Fall 1988-Spring 1989.
  • Language Outreach Instructor for Rassias Method workshops for teachers. Fall 1988-Spring 1989.
  • Tutor in French and Italian for the Academic Skills Center. Fall 1986-Spring 1987.

Publications

forthcoming

Nagy, N. A sociolinguistic view of null subjects and VOT in Toronto heritage languages. Lingua. Abstract [PDF]

2013

Nagy, N. & D. Sharma. 2013. Transcription. In R. Podesva & D. Sharma, eds. Research Methods in Linguistics. 235-256. Cambridge University Press.

Nagy, N., J. Chociej & M. Hoffman. 2013. Analyzing Ethnic Orientation in the quantitative sociolinguistic paradigm. In L. Hall-Lew & M. Yaeger-Dror. Special issue of Language and Communication: New perspectives on the concept of ethnic identity in North America 35:9-26.

Kang, Y. & N. Nagy. 2013. VOT merger in Heritage Korean in Toronto. Proceedings of the Canadian Linguistics Association 2012.

Nagy, N. & A. Kochetov. 2013. VOT across the generations: A cross-linguistic study of contact-induced change. In P. Siemund, I. Gogolin, M. Schulz & J. Davydova, (eds.). Multilingualism and language contact in urban areas: Acquisition - Development - Teaching - Communication. 19-38. John Benjamins.

2012

Nagy, N. 2012. Sociolinguistics and Phonology. In R. Bayley, C. Lucas, & R. Cameron. The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. 624-654. Oxford University Press.

2011

Nagy, N. 2011. A multilingual corpus to explore geographic variation. Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata 43.1-2:65-84. [abstract]

Labov, W., S. Ash, M. Ravindranath, T. Weldon, M. Baranowski & N. Nagy. 2011. Properties of the sociolinguistic monitor. Journal of Sociolinguistics 15.4:431-63. [abstract]

Nagy, N., N. Aghdasi, D. Denis, & A. Motut. 2011. Null Subjects in Heritage Languages: Contact effects in a cross-linguistic context. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 17.2, Article 16. [abstract]

Hrycyna, M., N. Lapinskaya, A. Kochetov & N. Nagy. 2011. VOT drift in 3 generations of Heritage Language speakers in Toronto. Canadian Acoustics 39.3:166-7.

Nagy, N. 2011. Lexical Change and Language Contact: Faetar in Italy and Canada. Journal of Sociolinguistics 15:366-382. [abstract -- Hear it in Faetar!]

Nagy, N. Lexical change and language contact: Francoprovençal in Italy and Canada. in M. Meyerhoff, C. Adachi, A. Daleszynska & A. Strycharz (eds.) The Proceedings of Summer School of Sociolinguistics 2010, Edinburgh.

2010

Nagy, N. & P. Irwin. 2010. Boston (r): Neighbo(r)s nea(r) and fa(r). Language Variation and Change 22:2.241-78. [abstract]

2009

Nagy, N. 2009. The challenges of less commonly studied languages: Writing a Sociogrammar of Faetar. In J. Stanford & D. Preston, eds. Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Impact series, vol. 25. 397-417.

2008

Meyerhoff, M. & N. Nagy, eds. 2008. Social Lives in Language -- Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities. John Benjamins: Amsterdam. Impact series.

Nagy, N. & M. Meyerhoff. 2008. The social lives of linguistics. In M. Meyerhoff & N. Nagy, eds. Social Lives in Language -- Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities. John Benjamins: Amsterdam.1-17. [related poster]

Blondeau, H. & N. Nagy. 2008. Subordinate clause marking in Montreal Anglophone French and English. In M. Meyerhoff, M. & N. Nagy, eds. Social Lives in Language -- Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities. John Benjamins: Amsterdam. 273-314. (PDF)

Nagy, N. & J. Roberts. 2008. New England: Phonology. In E. Schneider, K. Burridge, B. Kortmann, R. Mesthrie & C. Upton, eds. A Handbook of Varieties of English. Volume 2: Varieties of English of the Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin, NY: Mouton de Gruyter. 52-66. (Revised paperback version; Hardback version appeared in 2004.)

2007

Irwin, T. & N. Nagy. 2007. Bostonians /r/ speaking: A quantitative look at (R) in Boston. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 13.2. Selected papers from NWAV 35. 135-47.

2006

Labov, W., S. Ash, M. Ravindranath, T. Weldon, M. Baranowski, & N. Nagy. 2006. Listeners' sensitivity to the frequency of sociolinguistic variables. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 12.2: Selected papers from NWAV 34. 105-29

Nagy, N., X. Zhang, G. Nagy & E.W. Schneider. 2006. Clustering dialects automatically -- A Mutual Information approach. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 12.2: Selected papers from NWAV 34. 145-58. (Download PDF.) (Addenda to paper.)

Nagy. N. 2006. Experimental methods for study of linguistic variation. In K. Brown, ed. Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier. vol. 4, 390-394. (ISBN 0-08-044299-4) (Download PDF)

Roberts, J., N. Nagy & C. Boberg. 2006. Yakking with the Yankees (New England). In W. Wolfram & B. Ward, eds. American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast . Blackwell. 57-62. [Reprint of Nagy, Roberts, & Boberg 2001]

2005

Nagy, Naomi, Xiaoli Zhang, George Nagy & E.W. Schneider. 2005. A Quantitative categorization of phonemic dialect features in context (.PDF) . In A. Dey et al. (eds.) CONTEXT 2005 Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 3554. Springer-Verlag. pp. 326-338. (Addenda to paper.)

2004

Nagy, N. & J. Roberts. 2004. New England: phonology (.PDF). In Edgar Schneider, Kate Burridge, Bernd Kortmann, Rajend Mesthrie and Clive Upton,eds. A Handbook of Varieties of English. Volume 1: Phonology. Berlin, NY: Mouton de Gruyter. 270-281. [This is a multimedia volume. There is a free sneak preview at www.mouton-online.com.]

2003

Nagy, N., H. Blondeau, & J. Auger. 2003. Second language acquisition and "real" French: An investigation of subject doubling in the French of Montreal Anglophones. Language Variation and Change 15.1:73-103. (see, (PDF of paper)).

Blondeau, H., N. Nagy, G. Sankoff & P. Thibault. 2003. La couleur locale du français L2 des Anglo-Montréalais. In R. Mougeon & J.-M. Dewaele (eds.).   Appropriation de la variation du français par les apprenants avancés du français langue étrangère ou seconde. Proceedings of the Association Internationale des langues étrangères (ENCRAGES). 73-100. (see abstract)

2001

Nagy, N. 2001. Writing a sociolinguistic grammar of Faetar. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 7.3: Selected Papers from NWAV 29. 225-246.

Nagy, N. 2001. 'Live free or die' as a linguistic principle (.PDF). American Speech 76.1:30-41. (abstract)

Nagy, N. 2001.Stress and schwa in Faetar (.zip). In Italian Dialects and Phonological Theory. Lori Repetti (ed.). Current Issues in Linguistic Theory series. Philadelphia: Benjamins 239-254.

Nagy, N., J. Roberts, & C. Boberg. 2001. Yakking with the Yankees. American Language Review 5.1:40-43.

2000

Nagy, N. 2000. Faetar. Munich: Lincom Europa. (ordering information)

Nagy, N. 2000. What I didn't know about working in an endangered language community: Some fieldwork issues. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 144:143-160.

Nagy, N.2000. Field work in Faeto, an endangered language community. Southern Journal of Linguistics1:121-136. (.zip)

Ryback-Soucy, W. & N. Nagy. 2000. Exploring the dialect of the Franco-Americans of Manchester, NH. Journal of English Linguistics 28.3:249-264. (.zip)

1999

Nagy, N. & H. Blondeau. 1999. Double subject marking in L2 Montreal French. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania. 93-108.

H. Blondeau & N. Nagy. 1999. Double marquage du sujet dans le français parlé par de jeunes Anglo-Montréalais. In Actes de L'association canadienne de linguistique. Ottawa: Cahiers Linguistiques d'Ottawa. 59-70.

1998

Nagy, N. & D. Heap. 1998. Francoprovençal Null Subject and Constraint Interaction. In M. C. Gruber, D. Higgins, K.S. Olson & T. Wysocki (eds.), CLS 34: The Panels. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society; 34.2:151-166.

Nagy, G., N. Nagy, & M. Sabourin. 1998. Signes diacritiques: perdus et retrouvés. In R. Plamondon & R. Sabourin (eds.). 1er Colloque International Francophone sur l'Ecrit et le Document. Quebec: Les Cahiers scientifiques. 404-412.

Heap, D. & N. Nagy. 1998. Subject pronoun variation in Faetar and Francoprovencal. Papers in Sociolinguistics. NWAVE-26 a l'Universite Laval. Quebec: Nota bene. 291-300.

1997

Sankoff, G., P. Thibault, N. Nagy, H. Blondeau, M. Fonollosa, & L. Gagnon. 1997. Variation and the use of discourse markers in a language contact situation. Language Variation and Change 9.2:191-218.

Nagy, N. 1997. Modeling contact-induced language change. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: A Selection of Papers from NWAVE 25 4.1:399-418. [abstract]

1996

Nagy, N. 1996. Language contact and language change in the Faetar speech community. University of Pennsylvania PhD dissertation. Philadelphia: IRCS. (To order a copy, request IRCS Technical Report 96-08. See the proposal.

Nagy, N., C. Moisset, & G. Sankoff. 1996. On the acquisition of variable phonology in L2. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Papers from NWAVE 24 3.1:111-126. (PDF)

1995

Nagy, N. & D. Napoli. 1995. Italian Codas in OT. ESCOL '95: 212-223.

Nagy, N. 1995. Double or nothing: Romance alignment strategies. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Papers from the 19th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium 2.2:93-102. (Postscript file of paper.)

1994

Reynolds, B. & N. Nagy. 1994. Phonological variation in Faetar: An Optimality Account. Chicago Linguistic Society 30-II: Papers from the Parasession on Variation and Linguistic Theory. 277-292. Chicago.

Nagy, N. 1994. Language Contact and Change: Italian (?) Geminates in Faetar. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 9:111-128. (also appeared in University of Pennsylvania Working Papers I)

Nagy, N. 1994. Lexical change and language contact. Penn Review of Linguistics 18: 117-132. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics.

1993

Nagy, N. 1993. A Geographic Analysis of the Origins of Faetar. The Penn Review of Linguistics 17:177-188.

Karins, K. & N. Nagy. 1993. Developing an Experimental Basis for Determining Grammaticality. The Penn Review of Linguistics 17: 93-100. (abstract)

Nagy, N. 1993. Variation in the Assimilation of Igbo Vowels in Hiatus. (ms.)

1992

Nagy, N. (ed.) 1992. The Penn Review of Linguistics 16.

Oral presentations

Upcoming

Tse, Holman & Naomi Nagy. 2014. Exploring automated formant analysis for variationist study of Heritage Cantonese. CRC Summer Phonetics/Phonology Workshop, Toronto, June 19, 2014.

Heritage Languages as new dialects, plenary speaker, Methods in Dialectology XV, University of Groningen.

Invited lecture on the HLVC Project, Faculteit der Letteren - Radboud Universiteit, August 2014.

ELAN Workshop at NWAV 43, Chicago, October 2014.

Heritage Language variation and Ethnic Identity. Plenary, AAAL, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, March 21-24, 2015.

Past

Nagy, N. 2014. Heritage Language Variation and Change project: Italian varieties at home and in Toronto, Invited speaker, Contatto interlinguistico fra presente e passato, Pescara, Italy, May 29-31, 2014.

Nagy, N. 2014. Workshop: Using ELAN for sociolinguistic analysis. University of Szeged, June 2, 2014.

Cui, Naomi, Minyi Zhu, Vina Law, Holman Tse & Naomi Nagy. 2014. Exploring automated formant analysis for comparative variationist study of Heritage Cantonese and English. Change and Variation in Canada 8, Kingston, ON.

Teaching and Heritage Languages, Project update. Invited speaker. Centre for Research on Language Contact, York University, April 14, 2014.

Nagy, N. 2014. Italian in Toronto (HLVC), invited lecture. ITA1031H: History of the Italian Language in North America, University of Toronto, March 19, 2014.

Nagy, N. 2013. Intro to the HLVC Project, invited lecture. JFL 478: Language variation and change in French, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2013. Intro to the HLVC Project, invited lecture. NEW102Y1 Travelling Words: Language and Diversity, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. & D. Denis. 2013. An amplification role for lexical frequency in syntactic variation? Testing with Heritage Italian pro-drop. NWAV 42, Pittsburgh.

Walker, J., N. Nagy & M. Hoffman. 2013. Two Sides of the Chinese Diaspora: English and Cantonese in Toronto, Invited panel: Multilingualism in the Chinese Diasporas, International Symposium on Bilingualism 9, Singapore.

Nagy, N. 2013. Is Italian on the move in Toronto? Lingue Migranti: The Global Languages of Italy and the Diaspora. City University of New York.

Nagy, N. 2013. Quelques études du pro-drop: Faetar et russe. l'Université de Nice, France. [download slides as 13 MB PDF]

Nagy, N. 2013. À la recherche des changements dans le faetar de Toronto. Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Aix-en-Provence. [download slides as 13 MB PDF]

Nagy, N. 2013. À la recherche des effets du contact à Toronto. Séminaire Pratiques langagières: terrains, méthodes, théories, Université Paris Diderot.

Nagy, N. 2013. Is Italian on the move in Toronto?, Department of Modern Languages, Exeter University.

Nagy, N. 2013. Looking for contact effects in Heritage Languages, Institute for Linguistics and Language Studies, Manchester University.

Nagy, N. 2013. Language contact and lexical change in homeland and heritage Faetar. LingLunch, University of Kent. [download slides as 11 MB PDF]

Costa, B., E. de Leeuw, N. Nagy, I. Sachdev & D. Sharma. 2013. Multilingual Capital: A Panel Discussion with the Public, Queen Mary University London.

Nagy, N. 2013. Looking for contact-induced change in Toronto's Heritage Languages, Departmental Colloquium, Queen Mary University London.

Nagy, N. 2013. Teaching and Heritage Languages. Women Scholars Speaker Series, University of Lethbridge.

Nagy, N. 2013. Sociolinguistics of Heritage Languages. University of Alberta. [Watch the video]

Nagy, N. 2012. Sociolinguistics of Heritage Languages. Linguistics Department, University of Pittsburgh.

Nagy, N. 2012. Looking for contact in Toronto's Heritage Languages. Penn State University.

Nagy, N. 2012. Corpus building and language contact. University of Florida. [slides pdf, handout]

Brook, M. & N. Nagy. 2012. Speech rate across generations in two Toronto Heritage Languages. The road less travelled. An international conference on heritage languages and heritage language acquisition. Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2012. Sociolinguistics of Heritage Languages. The road less travelled. An international conference on heritage languages and heritage language acquisition. Toronto. [slides pdf]

Nagy, N. 2012. Looking for contact-induced change in Heritage Languages. Heritage languages: language contact-change-maintenance and loss in the wave of new migration landscapes. Wuppertal, Germany.

Nagy, N. 2012. Looking for contact-induced change in Heritage Cantonese: pronouns, classifiers and VOT. NWAV-Asia Pacific 2, Tokyo.

Nagy, N. & N. Lapinskaya. 2012. Cross-generational change in Heritage Russian Phonology. Change and Variation in Canada VI. Montreal.

Kang, Y. & N. Nagy. 2012. VOT merger in Homeland Seoul Korean and Heritage Toronto Korean. Canadian Linguistics Association. Waterloo.

Nagy, N. 2012. Homeland and Heritage Faetar. Romance Linguistics Guest Speaker Series, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Nagy, N., T. Chung & J. Tong. 2012. Classifier variation and change in Toronto Heritage Cantonese. Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics. The Ohio State University.

Nagy, N. 2012. Looking for contact-induced change in Heritage Languages. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR.

Nagy, N. & J. Chociej. 2012. Analyzing Ethnic Orientation in Toronto Heritage Languages. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, workshop: New perspectives on the concept of ethnolect. Portland, OR.

Nagy, N., J. Chociej, & M. Hoffman. 2012. Ethnic Orientation in the Quantitative Sociolinguistic Paradigm. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, satellite workshop on preparation of sociolinguistic archives. Portland, OR.

Nagy, N. 2011. Looking for contact effects in Heritage Languages. Invited Homecoming speaker, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Nagy, N. 2011. Heritage Language Documentation Corpus (HerLD). Workshop sur l’annotation des corpus multilingues, Paris.

Hrycyna, M., N. Lapinskaya, A. Kochetov & N. Nagy. 2011. VOT drift in 3 generations of Heritage Language speakers in Toronto. Canadian Acoustical Association, Québec.

Nagy, N. 2011. Heritage Language Variation and Change: Corpus construction and use. Workshop on Dialect and Heritage Language Corpora for the Google Generation. Methods in Dialectology 14, University of Western Ontario. [abstract]

Nagy, N., J. Chociej & M. Hoffman. 2011. Analyzing Ethnic Orientation in the Quantitative Sociolinguistic Paradigm. Methods in Dialectology 14, University of Western Ontario. [abstract]

Nagy, Naomi & Alexei Kochetov. 2011. VOT across the Generations: A cross-linguistic study of contact-induced change. ICLaVE 6, Freiburg, Germany. [abstract]

Nagy, N. & P. Irwin. 2011. What we heard and what we Hertz – An acoustic analysis of Boston r-dropping. CVC V, Victoria University, BC.

Nagy, N. 2011. Ethnicity, identity & language variation: Is there a connection? Invited lecture at International Christian University, Japan.

Walker, J. & N. Nagy. 2011. The development of Canada's (and Quebec's) language policies. Invited lecture at International Christian University, Japan.

Nagy, N. & J. Walker. 2011. A short history of Canadian English. Invited lecture at Yamagata University, Japan.

Nagy, N. 2011. Ethnicity, identity and language variation in multilingual contexts. First International Symposium on immigrant languages, University of Tokyo, Japan (invited lecture).

Nagy, N. 2011. Looking for contact-induced change in Heritage Languages. Invited lecture at Georgetown University.

Nagy, N., N. Aghdasi, D. Denis, M. Hollett, A. Motut, & D. Uscher. 2010. Pro-drop in Heritage Languages: A cross-linguistic study of contact-induced change. NWAV 39, San Antonio, TX. (abstract)

Nagy, N., Walker, J., M. Hoffman, & N. Nagy. 2010. Ethnolinguistic Variation in Toronto. Dialect and Social Change in Urban Diasporic Communities Workshop, 1-2 July 2010, Queen Mary, University of London. (abstract)

Nagy, N. 2010. Heritage Language Variation and Change: The Case of Faetar in Faeto and Toronto. ACLA/CAAL, Montreal. (Abstract PDF)

Nagy, N. 2010. Heritage Language Variation & Change in Toronto: A Multilingual Corpus to Explore (Geographic and) Social Variation. Presented at the University of Hamburg and the University of Western Ontario.

Nagy, N. 2010. Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto: Focus on Faeto. Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and the Centre for Research on Language Contact, York University. (abstract)

Nagy, N. 2010. Heritage Language Variation and Change Project in Toronto: Bilinguals' competence in their Heritage Language. AAAL, Insights into the Development of Sociolinguistic Competence Colloquium, Atlanta. (Abstract)

Nagy, N. 2009. Exploring Heritage Language Variation in Toronto. SLUGS Academic Seminar, University of Toronto. Nov. 24, 2009. (JPG of abstract, PPT of talk)

Nagy, N. 2009. A Multilingual Corpus to Explore Geographic Variation. CLAVIER IX conference, Modena, Italy, Nov. 5, 2009. (PDF of abstract)

Nagy, N. 2009. Boston (R): Neighbo(r)s Nea(r) and Fa(r). CVC III. York University, June 20-21, 2009. (PPT of talk; handout)

Nagy, N. 2009. NH on the move: Language change in a state without a city. Invited speaker, Linguistics Department, University of Buffalo.

Nagy, N. 2009. R. Phonetics & Phonology Group, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2009. Boston R: Neighbo(r)s Nea(r) and Fa(r). LVC Group, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2008. Language Matters. Invited speaker, Study Languages Conference, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2008. Writing a Sociogrammar of Faetar. Invited speaker, Flaut series, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. 2008. Pove'ty of the Stimulus: Frequencies of [r]. School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand.

Nagy, N. 2008. Multilingualism. School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University Wellington, NZ.

Nagy, N. 2008. Exemplar Theory: An Example with R. Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto.

Hume, B. & N. Nagy. 2008. Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Theories: Giving and Taking - Phonology. Linguistic Society of America Plenary Symposium. Chicago.

Irwin, T. & N. Nagy. 2007. The return of R. NWAV 36. Philadelphia. [abstract (PDF)]

Blondeau, H., N. Nagy & J. Wood. 2007. On était comme, 'We think like may be a COMP too.' NWAV 36. Philadelphia. [abstract (PDF)]

Irwin, T. & N. Nagy. 2006. Bostonians' /r/ speaking: A quantitative look at (R) in Boston. NWAV 35. Columbus, Ohio.

Nagy, N. 2006. Endangered languages. Invited speaker, German Department, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

Nagy, N. 2006. Quebec French, and the Anglophones who speak it. Guest lecture at the Epping Historical Society. Epping, NH.

Labov, W., S. Ash, M. Ravindranath,T. Weldon, M. Baranowski, & N. Nagy. 2005. Listeners' sensitivity to the frequency of sociolinguistic variables. NWAV 34. New York, NY.

Nagy, N. 2005. Writing a Sociogrammar of faetare. Plenary speaker, 2nd International Linguistics and Literary Studies Postgraduate Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Nagy, N. 2005. Montreal Anglophones and "Real French": A look at gender neutralization. School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Nagy, N. 2005. Tocche g'é féje lu premavèrr passà (What I did last summer, in faetare). International Conference on Minority Languages. Trieste, Italy.

Nagy, N. 2005. Variable grammar or variable acquisition? (Does differential linguistic ability account for patterns of variation?). University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.

Nagy, N. 2005. Learning and teaching an endangered unwritten language. UNH English Department Speaker Series.

Nagy, N. 2004. La minoranza franco-provenzale di Faeto. Dipartimento di Studi Comparati, Università degli Studi G. d’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy.

Nagy, N. 2004. Gender neutralization in Montreal L2 French. (with H. Blondeau). Sociolinguistics Symposium 15. Newcastle, England.

Nagy, N. 'Live free or die' as a linguistic principle. Invited speaker at:

  • Dover Historical Society (2008)
  • Durham Active Retirement Association (2007)
  • Deerfield Historical Society (2007)
  • The Mt. Washington Resort (2007)
  • Durham Historical Society (2006)
  • Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2006)
  • Dartmouth College (2005)
  • The Balsams Resort, Dixville Notch, NH (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Bradford Area Community Center, New London, NH (2004)
  • Washington Congregational Church Community Outreach Program, Washington, NH (2004)

Nagy, N. 2004. French in Quebec. Invited speaker at John Stark High School, Weare, NH.

Nagy, N. 2004. Ebonics. Invited speaker at the Issues Forum, St. George's Episcopal Church, York, ME.

Nagy, N. 2003. Sociolinguistic research methodology. Invited speaker at Linguistics Department, University of Edinburgh.

Nagy, N. 2003. Languages of Canada. Invited speaker for Canadian Studies Program, University of Edinburgh.

Nagy, N. 2003. L1 vs. L2 vernacular variation. Invited speaker for Canadian Studies Program, University of Edinburgh.

Nagy, N. 2003. L1 vs. L2 vernacular variation. Invited speaker at Linguistics Department, University of York, England.

Nagy, N. 2003. L1 vs. L2 vernacular variation: A case study of Montreal Anglophones. University of Calgary.

Nagy, N. 2003. Sociolinguistic fieldwork methodology. University of Alberta-Faculté St. Jean.

Nagy, N. 2003. The Rassias Method for foreign language instruction.  SUNY-Albany.

Nagy, N. 2002. L1 vs. L2 vernacular variation. NWAVE, Stanford, CA.

Nagy, N. 2001. Invited speaker for European Cultural Studies Proseminar.

Nagy, N. 2001. Moderator for "Variationism in context" plenary panel. NWAVE, Raleigh, NC.

Nagy, N. 2000. Variation in the grammar book: The sociogrammarian's dilemma. International Conference on Language Variation in Europe. Barcelona.

Nagy, N. 2000. Mary, Merry, Marry quite contrary, how does your dialect go? American Dialect Society, Chicago.

Nagy, N. 1999. Live free or die: NH maintains linguistic independence from Boston. NWAVE, Toronto.

Heap, D. & N. Nagy. 1999. Null subjects here and there, then and now. 10th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Nagy, N. 1999. An optimality account of variation in Faetar post-tonic deletion. Invited talk at University of Edinburgh.

Nagy, N. 1999. Do multiple forms mean multiple grammars? 2nd International Symposium on Bilingualism. Newcastle.

Nagy, N. 1999. Working in an endangered language community. Invited speaker for "Fieldwork in the 21st Century" panel at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Norfolk, VA.

Nagy, N. 1999. Bicultural speakers and bilingual grammar. Invited talk at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Nagy, N. 1999. About Goldsearch. Invited talk at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Nagy, N. 1999. Second language teaching and learning. Pinkerton Academy, NH. Invited talk to English class.

Nagy, N. 1998. Language variation among bilinguals: Expression of multiple identities? Or multiple expressions of one identity? Communication Colloquium Series, UNH.

Heap. D. & N. Nagy. 1998. Pronoms sujet variables et interaction des contraintes. Association Canadienne de Linguistique.

Blondeau, H. & N. Nagy. 1998. Double marquage des sujets pronominaux et lexicaux dans le français parlé par les Anglo-montréalais. Association Canadienne de Linguistique.

Heap. D. & N. Nagy. 1998. An Optimality approach to variable subject pronouns. LSRL 29.

Nagy, N. & H. Blondeau. 1998. Subject Pronoun Variation in Montreal French as L2. NWAVE 27, Athens, GA.

Nagy, N. 1998. Sociolinguistics and teaching. Presentation to John Lofty's English 725 class, UNH.

Nagy, G, N. Nagy, & M. Sabourin. 1998. Signes diacritiques: perdus et retrouvés. Colloque International Francophone sur l'Ecrit et le Document.

Nagy, N. & D. Heap. 1998. Francoprovençal null subjects and constraint interaction. Chicago Linguistic Society.

Nagy, N. 1997. Hyperforeignization as a cause of language change. MLA 1997, Toronto.

Nagy, N. 1997. A comparative model of contact-induced language change. MLA 1997, Toronto.

Nagy, N. 1997. About Goldsearch. Workshop presented at NWAV 1997, Québec.

Nagy, N., M. Meyerhoff & D. Boas. 1997. Goldsearch workshop. Penn Linguistics Colloquium.

Nagy, N. 1997. Spectrographic analysis as a tool for voice teaching. UNH Music Department.

Nagy, N. 1997. Linguistic attitudes in Quebec. Guest lecture for French 525, UNH.

Nagy, N. 1997. Introducing sociolinguistics. Guest lecture for Linguistics 505, UNH.

Nagy, N. 1996. Modeling contact-induced language change. NWAVE 25. Las Vegas, NV.

Nagy, N. & K. Karins. 1996. Testing the perception of a "categorical" rule: Wanna experiment in syntax? NWAVE 25. Las Vegas, NV.

Nagy, N. 1996. Language contact and language change in the Faetar speech community. Invited talk at the University of New Hampshire.

Nagy, N. 1996. The language contact situation in Montreal. Invited speaker at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Nagy, N. 1996. Contact-induced language change in the Francoprovençal dialect of Faetar. LSA. San Diego.

Nagy, N. & D. Napoli. 1995. An OT account of length and consonant behavior in Italian syllabification. ESCOL '95, Dartmouth College.

Nagy, N., C. Moisset & G. Sankoff 1995. On the acquisition of variable phonology in L2. NWAVE 24 Philadelphia.

Nagy, N. 1995. Double or Nothing: Romance Alignment Strategies in OT (abstract) Invited talk at the University of Ottawa, 1995. (Postscript file of paper)

Nagy, N. 1995. Lexical variation as an indicator of change in progress? LSA New Orleans.

Reynolds, B. & N. Nagy. 1994. Accounting for Variable Word-final Deletion within Optimality Theory. NWAV 23. Stanford.

Blondeau, H., Fonollosa, M., Gagnon, L. Nagy, N., Sankoff, G. & P. Thibault. Variation in the use of discourse markers in a language contact situation. NWAV 23, Stanford.

Nagy, N. 1994. Le geminate nel dialetto di Faeto. Società Internazionale della Linguistica e Filologia Italiana, Third Annual Meeting. Perugia.

Nagy, N. 1994. Invited speaker for "Languages of the World" and "Introduction to Linguistics" classes at Swarthmore College.

Nagy, N. 1993. The Origins of Faetar: First report from the field. Penn Linguistics Colloquium.

Conference Posters

Nagy, N., N. Aghdasi, D. Denis, Y.-J. Kang, A. Kochetov, A. Motut & J.A. Walker. Heritage Russian variation and change in Toronto. 2014. Международного междисциплинарного научного совещания БИЛИНГВИЗМ И БИКУЛЬТУРАЛИЗМ (International interdisciplinary scientific meeting: Bilingualism & Biculturalism). Perm State National Research University, April 26, 2014.

Zhu, M., N. Cui, V. Law & N. Nagy. 2014. Vowels in Cantonese and English of Heritage Cantonese speakers in Toronto. Undergraduate Research Forum, University of Toronto.

Nagy, N. & M. Meyerhoff. 2013. Extending ELAN into Quantitative Sociolinguistics. 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Manoa, Hawai'i. (e-poster, Handout 1, Handout 2)

Nagy, N., J. Walker, A. Kochetov and Y. Kang. 2009. Heritage language change and variation in Toronto. Poster presented at NWAV, University of Ottawa, Oct. 22-25, 2009. (PDF of abstract)

Nagy, N. & M. Meyerhoff. 2008. The love that dare not speak its name--The fascination with monolingual speech communities in sociolinguistics. NWAV 37. Houston, TX.

Nagy, N. 2008. Perception and production frequency in R speech. Lab Phon 11, Wellington, NZ.

Blondeau, H. & N. Nagy. 2005. I think that is deleted. NWAV 34. New York, NY.

Nagy, N. Xiaoli Zhang, George Nagy & E.W. Schneider. 2005. Clustering dialects automatically–a Mutual Information approach. NWAV 34. New York, NY.

Nagy, N. Xiaoli Zhang, George Nagy & E.W. Schneider. 2005. A Quantitative categorization of phonemic dialect features in context. CONTEXT'05. Paris, France. (Abstract.)

Nagy, N. & J. Roberts. 1998. Yankee Doodles in Dialectography: Updating New England. NWAVE 27, Athens, GA.

Heap, D. & N. Nagy. 1997. Subject Pronoun Variation in Faetar and in Franco-Provençal. NWAVE 26, Québec.

Service and Professional Activities

SERVICE AT UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Workshop co-organizer: Workshop on heritage languages (May 2009)

Member of the following departmental committees:
  • Departmental Ethics Review Committee member 2008-2009, Chair 2009-2012, 2013-2014
  • LVC Research Group, Coordinator 2009-2012, 2013-2014
  • Equipment committee 2008-2009
  • Blog committee, Chair 2009-2012
  • Search committee for Department Chair 2012
  • Admissions Committee 2013-2014
  • Outreach Committee 2013-2014
  • Library liaison 2013-2014
  • SERVICE AT UNH (1996-2008)

    Master's theses supervised at UNH

    Undergraduate research supervised at UNH

    OTHER

    SERVICE OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

    Languages

    • French (fluent, extensive teaching experience)
    • Italian (conversationally competent)
    • Faetar/faetare (basic fluency)
    • Spanish (rudimentary)
    • American Sign Language (one semester of study, basic vocabulary and grammar)  
  • Updated: June 7, 2014
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