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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). My research has been funded in part by the Endangered Language Initiative.

I am also a recent graduate of the 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 lecturer 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:

August 2020

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

August–December 2020

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

June 2020

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

March 2020

My paper, “Phonesthetics and the Etymologies of Blood and Bone,” has been published online by English Language and Linguistics. Read it online here.

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

My paper, “Burning Feathers: A Hint at Hysteria in a Connecticut Witchcraft Case,” has been accepted for publication in Folklore.

[More news here.]