Naomi Nagy

Naomi Nagy is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, writing a dissertation about language contact and its effects on Faetar, a Francoprovençal dialect spoken in a village in southern Italy, supervised by Gillian Sankoff.

Her primary research project now analyzes variation and change in ten heritage languages spoken in Toronto (, including comparison to homeland varieties, examination of the effects of ethnic orientation, and pedagogical components to train researchers to conduct variationist analyses of less-codified varieties.

She has published in Heritage Language Journal, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language and Communication, Language Documentation and Conservation, Language Variation and Change, Lingua, and Linguistic Vanguard.

More about her projects and a full list of publications and upcoming presentations is at:

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University of Toronto


sociolinguistics, heritage languages


Lexical frequency effects in Italian VOT: Minority vs. Majority language effects
Naomi Nagy, Chiara Celata

Sociophonetics I
Room 4
Prodrop in Six Languages: Very similar and not influenced by English contact
Naomi Nagy

Panel: Cross-language approaches to null subjects
Room 3