Joseph Pentangelo

Linguist and folklorist | PhD in Linguistics | Teaching & Learning Collaboratory Fellow with Macaulay Honors College

Recent (2020) PhD in Linguistics at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where I also completed the Medieval Studies certificate program.

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Academic Interests

Historical linguistics, language revitalization, phonesthetics, witchcraft, folklore


  • PhD Linguistics and Medieval Studies Certificate, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2020)
  • MPhil Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2017)
  • MA Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2015)
  • BA English: Linguistics, Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island, CUNY (2012)
  • Teaching & Learning Collaboratory FellowMacaulay Honors College

Burning Feathers: A Hint at Hysteria in a Connecticut Witchcraft Case
[to appear, 2021]

Language Snapshot: Kanien’kéha (Mohawk)
Language Documentation and Description [to appear, 2020]

A Grove of Folk Art on Staten Island: Documenting the Carvings of W. Dixon
Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore
[to appear, 2020]

Phonesthetics and the Etymologies of Blood and Bone
English Language and Linguistics
[Online: March 2020]

Grizzel Greedigut: A Name ‘No Mortall Could Invent’
67.2 (June 2019): 78–88 [Online: Dec. 2018]

The Grant, the Hare, and the Survival of a Medieval Folk Belief
130.1 (March 2019): 48–59

William Fishbough Revealed as Author of ‘The Planchette Mystery’
Notes & Queries
63.2 (June 2016): 263–265

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