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

allison [dot] shapp [at] nyu [dot] edu
ABOUT I am a 6th year PhD student in Linguistics at NYU. I study sociolinguistics and focus on Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) and the New York City dialect region.

Here is my Curriculum Vitae [pdf].

My advisor is John Victor Singler.

In the News!
Time Magazine just 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 2017

  • 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


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

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

  • Summer 2013, Instructor for Language

  • Spring 2012, TA for Language, with Maria Gouskova

  • Fall 2011, TA for Language, with Gillian Gallagher