Zachary Jaggers


[ˈzækɹ̩i (zæk) ˈʤæɡɹ̩z]

5th-year PhD candidate (ABD)
Linguistics, New York University

Full CV

Interests

Broad:
phonetics, sociolinguistic variation, phonology, language contact

Narrow:
loanword variation, loanword adaptation, language ideology, phonetics and phonology of glides, variation in phonological theory, second language phonetics and phonology

Affiliations

Personal Information

Address
Department of Linguistics, New York University
#507, 10 Washington Place
New York, New York 10003
Email
zackjaggers [at] nyu [dot] edu
Website
Languages
English (native)
Spanish (high)
Japanese (intermediate: JLPT3)

Some familiarity:  French, German, Korean, Arabic
(mostly regarding phonology and/or writing systems)

Research

Sociolinguistic Variation

I study language differentiation across space, time, and sociodemographic strata such as nationality, ethnicity, gender, etc.

English Glides

This research analyzes the phonological status of glides in English and their phonetic realization.

Loanword Phonology

This research tests OT-based proposals of loanword adaptation with experimental data.

Full list

Papers

(in press) Evidence and characterization of a glide-vowel distinction in American English. Laboratory Phonology. [manuscript pdf]

2015:
A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21(1). [pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of American politicians. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. (with Nicole Holliday) [pdf]

(in press) Evidence and characterization of a glide-vowel distinction in American English. Laboratory Phonology. [manuscript pdf]

2015:
A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 21(1). [pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of American politicians. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow. (with Nicole Holliday) [pdf]

 

Presentations

2018:
A political ideology with an accent. Presentation to be given during the Five-minute Linguist public plenary event at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January.

Loanword variation and perception: A case of methodological choices and experimental outcomes. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January. [short abstract, full abstract]


2017:
What it means when you say my name (right): Subjective evaluations of the linguistic reproduction of names. Poster to be presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46. University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2-5 November. (with Anaïs Elkins, Renée Blake, Natalie Povilonis de Vilchez, Luciene Simões, and Matthew Stuck)

Loanword variation as a result of social influences on loanword adaptation. Paper presented at Phonetics and Phonology in Loanword Adaptation (PaPLA2017). University of Cologne, Germany, 11 June. [abstract]

Experimentally testing loanword adaptation as socially mediated phonetic imitation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017). Austin, TX, 5-8 January. [short abstract, full abstract]


2016:
Practicing what the party preaches: Loanword variation, language contact, and politics. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 3-6 November. [abstract, 3min video summary]

Testing American English for a glide-vowel distinction: A classification by acoustic cues. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2016). Washington, DC, 7-10 January. [abstract, poster pdf]


2015:
Beyond politicianspeak: Politically influenced variation of loanwords in the general public. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2015). New York University, 5 December.

Acoustic cues to the [j]-[i] distinction in American English. Paper presented at the 170th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 170). Jacksonville, 2-6 November. [abstract, slides pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of US politicians. Paper presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, 10-14 August. (with Nicole Holliday)

Revisiting linguistic profiling: Testing accuracy and the influence of prosodic variables on listener judgments of ethnicity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2015). Portland, 8-11 January. (with Nicole Holliday) [poster pdf]


2014:
"I said well who said well?" Attribution of the discourse marker well in quoted speech. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2014). Stony Brook University, 6 December.

"She said {that/ø} she couldn't take a complement": Complementizer that ommission in American English. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43. University of Chicago, 23-26 October. (with Isaac Bleaman, Daniel Duncan, Shelley Feuer, Gregory Guy, and Matthew Stuck) [abstract]

A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Paper presented at the 38th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 38). University of Pennsylvania, 28-30 March.

A style-shifting account of loanword adaptation. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics (GURT 2014). Georgetown University, 14-16 March.


2013:
How do you say Latino. Spanish borrowed word pronunciation, voiced dental fricative fortition, and Latin@ identity in Washington, DC. Paper presented at the Graduate Portuguese&Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY 2013). Georgetown University, 22-23 March. (with Jonathan Mercer)

2018:
A political ideology with an accent. Presentation to be given during the Five-minute Linguist public plenary event at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January.

Loanword variation and perception: A case of methodological choices and experimental outcomes. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). Salt Lake City, UT, 4-7 January. [short abstract, full abstract]

2017:
What it means when you say my name (right): Subjective evaluations of the linguistic reproduction of names. Poster to be presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 46. University of Madison-Wisconsin, 2-5 November. (with Anaïs Elkins, Renée Blake, Natalie Povilonis de Vilchez, Luciene Simões, and Matthew Stuck)

Loanword variation as a result of social influences on loanword adaptation. Paper presented at Phonetics and Phonology in Loanword Adaptation (PaPLA2017). University of Cologne, Germany, 11 June. [abstract]

Experimentally testing loanword adaptation as socially mediated phonetic imitation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017). Austin, TX, 5-8 January. [short abstract, full abstract]

2016:
Practicing what the party preaches: Loanword variation, language contact, and politics. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 45. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, 3-6 November. [abstract, 3min video summary]

Testing American English for a glide-vowel distinction: A classification by acoustic cues. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2016). Washington, DC, 7-10 January. [abstract, poster pdf]

2015:
Beyond politicianspeak: Politically influenced variation of loanwords in the general public. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2015). New York University, 5 December.

Acoustic cues to the [j]-[i] distinction in American English. Paper presented at the 170th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA 170). Jacksonville, 2-6 November. [abstract, slides pdf]

Influence of suprasegmental features on perceived ethnicity of US politicians. Paper presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015). Glasgow, 10-14 August. (with Nicole Holliday)

Revisiting linguistic profiling: Testing accuracy and the influence of prosodic variables on listener judgments of ethnicity. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2015). Portland, 8-11 January. (with Nicole Holliday) [poster pdf]

2014:
"I said well who said well?" Attribution of the discourse marker well in quoted speech. Paper presented at the annual SUNY/Yale/NYU/CUNY Linguistics conference (SYNC 2014). Stony Brook University, 6 December.

"She said {that/ø} she couldn't take a complement": Complementizer that ommission in American English. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43. University of Chicago, 23-26 October. (with Isaac Bleaman, Daniel Duncan, Shelley Feuer, Gregory Guy, and Matthew Stuck) [abstract]

A constraint-shifting account of loanword adaptation: Evidence from the early stages of dissemination. Paper presented at the 38th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 38). University of Pennsylvania, 28-30 March.

A style-shifting account of loanword adaptation. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics (GURT 2014). Georgetown University, 14-16 March.

2013:
How do you say Latino. Spanish borrowed word pronunciation, voiced dental fricative fortition, and Latin@ identity in Washington, DC. Paper presented at the Graduate Portuguese&Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY 2013). Georgetown University, 22-23 March. (with Jonathan Mercer)

Education

2013 -

PhD, Linguistics (in progress)

New York University

Current work:
examining loanword adaptation and variation as socially mediated phonetic imitation (dissertation)

Second qualifying paper:
"Practicing what the party preaches: The influence of attitudes and ideologies on loanword adaptation and variation"

First qualifying paper:
"Testing the American English glide-vowel distinction and acoustic cues"

Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2011 -  2013

MS, Linguistics

Georgetown University

Master's Research Paper:
"The effect of L2 experience on phonetic form in loanword dissemination"

2006 -  2010

BA, Spanish & Modern World Languages

La Sierra University

summa cum laude; University Honors Program;
Outstanding Graduating Senior: World Languages

Honors Scholarship Project:
Idée Fixe

Studies Abroad

Spanish (2007-2008 academic year)

Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina

Japanese (2009 winter & spring)

KCP International Japanese Language School, Japan

German (2009 summer & spring)

Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, Austria

Teaching

New York University

Graduate Employee Adjunct Instructor:  2015 -

Fall 2017:
Language (with Maria Gouskova)

Fall 2016:
Language and Society (with Laurel MacKenzie)

Spring 2016:
Sex, Gender, and Language (with Carina Bauman)

Fall 2015:
Sound and Language (with Lisa Davidson)

Spring 2015:
Phonological Analysis (with Maria Gouskova)

Fall 2017:  Language (with Maria Gouskova)

Fall 2016:  Language and Society (with Laurel MacKenzie)

Spring 2016:  Sex, Gender, and Language (with Carina Bauman)

Fall 2015:  Sound and Language (with Lisa Davidson)

Spring 2015:  Phonological Analysis (with Maria Gouskova)

La Sierra University

Adjunct Co-Instructor:  2010 - 2011

Winter 2011:
First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)

Fall 2010:
First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)
Beginning to Seek (with Douglas Clark)

Winter 2011:  First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)

Fall 2010:  First Year Seminar (with Joel Haldeman)
Fall 2010:  Beginning to Seek (with Douglas Clark)

Teaching Assistant:  2009-2010

Academic Year:
Beginning Japanese 1-3 (with Yoshimitsu Mineyama)

Academic Year:  Beginning Japanese 1-3
Academic Year:  (with Yoshimitsu Mineyama)

Employment

2015

Research Assistant

under Frans Adriaans, New York University

Project:  Child-directed Speech

Analysis of the vowel categories of mothers' infant-directed speech and computational modeling of vowel category learning from such data input.

2014

Research Assistant

under Lisa Davidson, New York University

Project:  English Voiced Obstruents

Analyzing the acoustic phonetics of the voicing contrast in English obstruents, such as the degree and pattern of VOT as well as voicing bleed from preceding segments.

2012 -  2013

Research Assistant

under Elizabeth Zsiga, Georgetown University

Project:  Setswana Phonetics

Analyzing the articulatory phonetics of Setswana obstruents, particularly the lip gesture of rounded coronal fricatives and labial-coronal fricatives and affricates.

2010 -  2011

Academic Coach

Center for Student Academic Success, La Sierra University

Organizing, hosting, and presenting at summer orientation for incoming first-year students. Advising students for first quarter course schedule.

Coaching roughly 40 students throughout their first year of college: attention paid to developing good study habits, becoming familiar with available resources, and proactive self-evaluation and -monitoring. This also included curriculum advising and considering majors.

Co-teaching a First Year Seminar course geared to introduce students to college life and develop a bond with fellow first-year students in a themed, engaging way.

Hobbies

Languages

Languages are more than a job for me; they're also a pastime. I enjoy learning random snipets of vocabulary from other languages. And any book, movie, or show in which a language has been created is immediately and immensely more attractive to me. While I, myself, have not ventured into full-on conlanging, I do have a special love of writing systems and I have created multiple writing systems of my own.


Singing

I sing in an a cappella classical/modern-classical ensemble called Khorikos.


Civil Rights

While I'm not the best at keeping up to date on all things current events, much of my reading of that nature tends to involve policy and the sociology of discrimination regarding sexual orientation, gender, race and ethnicity, and their intersection with freedom of religion.


TV Shows

Amongst the shows I watch, I highly recommend The Rachel Maddow Show, which I watch faithfully. I have been thoroughly enjoying Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, as well as the show Master of None and its attention to the perspectives, topics, and experiences that are resonant to the Millennial generation.


Broadway

I feel like I’m doing fairly well soaking up the opportunities living in NYC provides. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a must-see, and Fun Home was moving and beautiful with poignant relevance to the experiences of LGBT Americans.


Exercise

The form of exercise that brings me the most joy is martial arts (my style: Okinawan Shuri-Ryū). I also enjoy weight-lifting, running, volleyball, and racket sports like tennis, racquetball, and badminton.


Video Games

I do fancy myself some video game time on the rare occasion I get a chance. #ZeldaBreathoftheWild