Joseph Pentangelo, Doctoral Candidate in Linguistics

Me in Amsterdam in the summer of 2019.

I earned my PhD in linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. My dissertation is titled 360º Video and Language Documentation: Towards a Corpus of Kanien’kéha (Mohawk). You can download it here. My research has been funded in part by the Endangered Language Initiative.

I am also a recent graduate of the Graduate Center’s medieval studies certificate program.

I am a Teaching & Learning Collaboratory fellow with the Macaulay Honors College, located at the College of Staten Island, where I am also an adjunct assistant professor teaching courses in linguistics.

My research interests are interdisciplinary, centering around linguistics and folklore. Current research involves (1) endangered language documentation and revitalization, (2) phonesthemes in Germanic and Iroquoian word formation, and (3) witchcraft in early modern England and Anglo-American colonies.

Some news:

January–May 2021

I am teaching Introduction to Linguistics and Sociology of Language at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

December 2020
My paper, “Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) (United States and Canada) – Language Snapshot,” has been published in Language Documentation & Description. Read it here.

My submission won the Greenbelt Conservation Corps’ Call to Artists Logo Design Contest! I made a few suggested updates, and my design will serve as the logo for Staten Island’s new Greenbelt Conservation Corps. Article here.
October 2020

My paper, “A Grove of Folk Art on Staten Island: Documenting the Carvings of W. Dixon,” has been published in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore. Download it here.

My paper, “Language Snapshot: Kanien’kéha (Mohawk),” has been accepted for publication in Language Documentation & Description.

I have two pieces, “The Turnip” and “The Pinecone,” in this year’s Interactive Fiction Competition, IFComp 2020.

August 2020

I successfully defended my dissertation, “360º Video and Language Documentation: Towards a Corpus of Kanien’kéha (Mohawk)”!

[More news here.]