Department of Languages and Cultures

Dr. Judy B. Bernstein

Office: Atrium 232
Phone: (973) 720-2807
Office Hours: Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM , Wednesday: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor, Linguistics

Area Specialization
syntax, morphology-syntax interface, Romance linguistics, Appalachian English and varieties of English, language acquisition, non-standard and stigmatized varieties

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Hunter College, CUNY 
  • B.A. in Spanish and Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University at Albany, SUNY

Courses Taught

  • LANG 1120 - Understanding Human Language
  • LANG 3050 - The Structure of Language
  • TBED 6430 - Structure of American English
  • TBED 6420 - Contrastive Analysis of Native and Target Languages
  • TBED 5400 – History of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the U.S.
  • TBED 6500 – Language Diversity, Loss, and Change


Refereed Publications

  • Bernstein, Judy B. to appear. “An effect of residual T-to-C movement in varieties of English,” Word Order Change, edited by Ana Maria Martins and Adriana Cardoso, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Zanuttini, Raffaella and Judy B. Bernstein. 2014. “Transitive Expletives in Appalachian English,” Micro-syntactic Variation in North American English, edited by Raffaella Zanuttini and Laurence Horn, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 143-178.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. and Raffaella Zanuttini. 2012. “A Diachronic Shift in the Expression of Person,” Parameter Theory and Language Change, edited by Charlotte Galves, Sonia Cyrino, Ruth Lopes, Filomena Sandalo and Juanito Avelar, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 157-175.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2008. “Reformulating the Determiner Phrase Analysis.” Language and Linguistics Compass 2, 1-25.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2008. “The Expression of Third Person in Older and Contemporary Varieties of English.” English Studies 89.5, 571-586.
  • den Dikken, Marcel, Judy B. Bernstein, Cristina Tortora and Raffaella Zanuttini. 2007. “Data and Grammar: Means and Individuals.” Theoretical Linguistics 33.3, 335-352.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2005. “On the Morpho-Syntax of Possessive Constructions.” Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes 34, 57-78.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. and Christina Tortora. 2005. “Two Types of Possessive Forms in English.” Lingua 115.9, 1221-1242.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2001. “Focusing the ‘Right’ Way in Romance Determiner Phrases.” Probus 13, 1-29.
  • Bernstein, Judy B., Wayne Cowart, and Dana McDaniel. 1999. “Bare Singular Effects in Genitive Constructions.” Linguistic Inquiry 30.3, 493-502.
  • McDaniel, Dana, Cecile McKee, and Judy B. Bernstein. 1998. “How Children’s Relatives Solve a Problem for Minimalism.” Language 74.2, 308-334.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 1998. Dissertation Review: Kester, Ellen-Petra (1996) The Nature of Adjectival Inflection, Doctoral Dissertation, Utrecht University, Glot International 3.2, 17-19.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 1997. “Demonstratives and Reinforcers in Romance and Germanic Languages.” Lingua 102, 87-113.
  • Bernstein, Judy. 1993. “The Syntactic Role of Word Markers in Null Nominal Constructions.” Probus 5, 5-38.
  • Bernstein, Judy. 1991. “DPs in French and Walloon: Evidence for Parametric Variation in Nominal Head Movement.” Probus 3.2, 101-126.

Book Chapters, Conference Proceedings, and Working Papers

  • Zanuttini, Raffaella and Judy B. Bernstein. 2011. “Micro-comparative syntax in English verbal agreement,” Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) 39.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2008. “English th- Forms.” in Alex Klinge and Henrik H. Müller (eds.), Essays on Nominal Determination: From Morphology to Discourse Management.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 213-232.
  • Bernstein, Judy B. 2001. “The DP Hypothesis: Identifying Clausal Properties in the Nominal Domain.” in Mark Baltin and Chris Collins (eds.), The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 536-561.
  • Bernstein, Judy B., Dana McDaniel, and Cecile McKee. 1998. “Resumptive Pronoun Strategies in English-speaking Children.” in A. Greenhill, M. Hughes, H. Littlefield, and H. Walsh (eds.), Proceedings of 22nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, Mass.: Cascadilla Press, 58-68.
  • Bernstein, Judy. 1992. “On the Syntactic Status of Adjectives in Romance.” CUNYForum 17, 105-122.
  • Bernstein, Judy. 1991. “Nominal Enclitics in Romance.” MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 14, 51-66.
  • Bernstein, Judy. 1989. “The Universality of the ECP.” CUNYForum 14, 13-21.