I’m a Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York (CUNY). My home campus is the College of Staten Island, where I teach in the Linguistics Program (within the English department). I also teach classes and work with graduate students in the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center (also a CUNY campus). Doing my affiliation justice in one single line is therefore complicated! I most typically use this: City University of New York (College of Staten Island & The Graduate Center)

I’m a syntactician. I’ve always been interested in what linguists refer to as “non-standard varieties” or “vernacular speech.” My field research on Borgomanerese led to my more recent corpus-building projects on the English spoken in the southern Appalachian region and in New York City. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of the human capacity for language by finding the order in natural linguistic production, through the use of different methodologies.


Contact information:
tel: (718) 982-3659; fax: (718) 982-3643
email: ctortora [symbol-for-at] gc [the usual dot] cuny [the usual dot] edu

Mailing address:
Department of English, 2S-201
College of Staten Island/CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314