New York University
Department of Linguistics
10 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

allison [dot] shapp [at] nyu [dot] edu
ABOUT I am a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at NYU, expecting to graduate in Spring 2018. I study sociolinguistics and focus on the New York City dialect region and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC).

I am also an adjunct instructor in the NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae [pdf].

My advisor is John Victor Singler.

In the News!
Time Magazine released a piece featuring my collaborative work with John Singler and Nathan LaFave about the speech of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

My work on Twitter hashtags was featured in The Atlantic.

I was quoted in the New York Times article May the Best Word Win about the 2014 Word of The Year vote at the annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America.

  • New York University, New York, NY
    Ph.D. Linguistics, Expected 2018

  • New York University, New York, NY
    M.A. Linguistics, January 2013

  • Lafayette College, Easton, PA
    B.A. Linguistic Studies and Music, May 2008
    Summa Cum Laude, Honors in Anthropology & Sociology

  • Dean's Dissertation Grant, New York University GSAS, 2016-2017

  • Global Research Initiative Fellowship, New York University, 2016

  • MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, New York University, 2010-2015

  • Marquis Scholarship, Lafayette College, 2004-2008


  • Fall 2017, Adjunct Instructor, Phonetics and Phonemics, Department of Communicative Sciences & Disorders

  • Fall 2017, TA for Language and Society, with Dr. Laurel MacKenzie

  • Fall 2017, Course Lead, Science of Language, Online Masters Program in Speech Language Pathology

  • Summer 2017, Course Lead, Science of Language, Online Masters Program in Speech Language Pathology

  • Spring 2015, TA for The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities, with Dr. Renee Blake

  • Fall 2014, Course Assistant for African American Vernacular English, with Dr. Renee Blake

  • Summer 2013, Adjunct Instructor, Language, Department of Linguistics

  • Spring 2012, TA for Language, with Dr. Maria Gouskova

  • Fall 2011, TA for Language, with Dr. Gillian Gallagher