Faculty and Staff

Judy Bernstein

Professor • Department of Languages & Culture

Dr. Judy B. Bernstein completed a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focused on crosslinguistic comparisons across several Romance languages. In recent work she has focused on the morpho-syntax of definite articles and demonstratives in mainstream Romance languages like French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as minority Romance varieties like Walloon, Sardinian, Catalan, and Picard. Dr. Bernstein has also studied syntactic variation between General American English and stigmatized varieties of American English, such as Appalachian English and African American English. Before completing the Ph.D. in Linguistics, Dr. Bernstein was employed as a high school teacher of Spanish and then English as a Second Language (ESL).


PhD Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Hunter College, New York, NY

BA Spanish and Psychology (double major), University at Albany, Albany, NY


comparative syntax, Romance languages, morphology-syntax interface, stigmatized and minority languages

Representative Publications

Emphatic pronouns and the development of definite articles: Evidence for a layered DP in early Romance; , Journal of Historical Syntax; 2021

On the Emergence of Personal Articles in the History of Catalan; Cycles in Language Change; Oxford University Press; 2019

An effect of residual T-to-C movement in varieties of English; Word Order Change; Oxford University Press; 2018

Sardinian descendants of 'ipse' in comparative relief; , Capitoli di morfosintassi delle varietà romanze d’Italia: teoria e dati empirici (Supplementi al Bollettino, 21); Volume 21, 2018

Representative Presentations

The Morphological Complexity of Demonstratives
Syntactic Approaches to Morphology, New York University
New York, NY 2020

Modern Romance Split DP Systems in their Historical Context
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL) 50, University of Texas - Austin
Austin, TX 2020

Historical Development and Semantic Mapping of Modern Romance Split DP Systems
Linguistic Society of America annual meeting
New Orleans, LA 2020

La sintaxis de los nombres propios con artículo definido en español
Conferencia Internacional Lingüística 2019, Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística
Havana, Cuba, 2019

Emphatic pronouns and the development of definite articles: Evidence for a layered DP in early Romance
Diachronic Generative Syntax (DiGS) 21, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 2019

Fellowships, Grants and Research

The Grammatical Feature ‘person’ across Languages and Time, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (Italy)

The Comparative Morpho-Syntax of Appalachian English, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant

A Systematic Study of the Syntax of Appalachian English, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship

The Exceptional Nature of the Noun Phrase in Walloon: Its Significance for Comparative Romance Syntax, NSF dissertation grant

Notable Courses Taught

Understanding Human Language
Structure of Language
Stigmatized Englishes
Romance Languages in Diaspora
ESL Reading, Writing
General Linguistics (Graduate)
Structure of American English (Graduate)
Contrastive Analysis of Native and Target Languages (Graduate)
Language Diversity, Loss and Change (Graduate)

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