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Simanique Moody

University Lecturer

Dr. S. Moody
+31 70 800 9325

Simanique Moody is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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Fields of interest

Sociolinguistics, pidgins and creoles, African American English, grammaticalization


My research examines the grammatical structure, phonology, and semantics of African-influenced language varieties like African American English, Gullah Geechee, and haitian Creole. I seek to enhance the syntactic and semantic descriptions of African American English while also contributing to the scholarship on social and regional variation in African American English. I am also interested in the historical relationship between African American English and Gullah/Geechee, particularly in southeast Georgia. My other research areas include language contact, language variation, contact linguistics, language and culture, and grammaticalization.

Teaching activities

I teach in the BA International Studies program in The Hague.

Curriculum vitae

CV & full list of publications

August 2012-present University lecturer in the BA International Studies Programme and
affiliated researcher at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University

Oct. 2010–June 2012 University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

January 2011 Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, New York University
Dissertation Title: Language Contact and Regional Variation in African American English: A Study of Southeast Georgia
Committee Members: Renée Blake (chair), Christopher Collins, Lisa Green, Gregory Guy, and John Singler

May 2003 M.A., Department of Linguistics, New York University
Thesis Title: Determiner Allomorphy: Insight into Haitian Creole Syllable Structure

June 2001 B.A., Summa cum laude, Spanish, French, International Relations, and International Studies, University of Minnesota

Key publications

2008 "An AAE Camouflage Construction" (with Chris Collins and Paul Postal), in Language 84(1).29-68

2015 "The Place of Gullah in the African American Linguistic Continuum" (with Tracey L. Weldon), in O xford Handbook of African American Language, Sonja Lanehart (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Engels


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