Here are my current and past dissertation advisees.

Kate Mooney

Guy Tabachnick

Naomi Lee

Maddie Gilbert

Suzy Ahn


Please visit the Linguistics Department course pages for detailed current descriptions; if you would like a more current syllabus for a specific course, just drop me a line.

Here are the courses I teach at NYU:


Language: introduction to linguistics. No prerequisites.

Phonological Analysis: introduction to phonology. Prerequisite: Sound & Language (phonetics course).

Morphology: Introduction to morphological analysis and theory. Prerequisite: Language (intro course).

Field Methods: a hands-on course in which students learn how to do linguistics by just asking questions of a speaker of another language.  I am not in the usual rotation to teach this class but have taught it three times (including once at Georgetown). The two courses I’ve taught at NYU investigated the Austronesian language Mortlockese (a close relative of Chuukese) and the Turkic language Kazakh. The link takes you to the NYU Faculty Digital Archive repositories of materials (audio and transcribed) that were collected in the course.

Sound and Language: Introduction to linguistic phonetics. No prerequisites.


Phonology I and II: a year-long graduate introduction to phonological theory.

Introduction to Morphology at an Advanced Level: An introduction to morphological theory aimed at graduates and advanced undergrads who have taken syntax and phonology already.

Computational Phonology: a course with a focus on corpora and modeling of phonological learning. Prereqs: knowledge of Python3, and knowledge of phonology.

Seminars: Almost every year; topics vary; often co-taught with my colleagues. Past offerings have covered the morphology-phonology interface, prosody and contrast, topics in the phonology and phonetics of Slavic languages, and computational approaches to phonological, morphological, and phonetic learning.

I have also contributed to the creation and teaching of the Professional Seminar, where NYU grad students learn the nuts-and-bolts of doing linguistics for a living.