Joseph Pentangelo, Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics

Me in Amsterdam in the summer of 2019.

I’m a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, currently working on my dissertation: creating a virtual reality corpus of Kanien’kéha (Mohawk). My research is funded in part by the Endangered Language Initiative.

I am also a student in the medieval studies certificate program.

I am an instructional technology fellow with the Macaulay Honors College, located at the College of Staten Island.

My research interests are broad, mainly revolving around linguistics and folklore. Current research involves (1) endangered language documentation and revitalization, (2) phonesthemes in Germanic word formation, (3) witchcraft in early modern England and Anglo-American colonies, and (4) folklore on Staten Island.

Some news:


I will be presenting my paper, “Phonesthetics and the Etymologies of Blood and Bone,” at the sixth ISLE (International Society for the Linguistics of English) conference at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu in June 2020.

November 2019

My paper, “Phonesthetics and the Etymologies of Blood and Bone,” has been accepted for publication in English Language and Linguistics.

July 2019

I received a research award from the Endangered Language Initiative to support fieldwork done for my dissertation.