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Jennifer Kaplan

Graduate Student

Research Areas

sociolinguistics (particularly language variation and metalinguistic analyses); language and gender; queer linguistics/lavender linguistics; intersections between literature and linguistics


I'm a second-year PhD student in the Romance Languages & Literatures program. I earned my BA in Comparative Literature from Barnard College in 2019 and completed a BA/MA at Columbia University in English & Comparative Literature in 2020. My research thus far has looked at the emergence of neo-morphemes and neo-pronouns among non-binary French speakers in Montréal. I am also involved with the Corpus of New York City English (CoNYCE) project, looking at New Yorkers' metalinguistic attitudes towards the "New York accent." To learn more about my current projects, you can visit my website.

In my free time, I enjoy restoring vintage garments, embroidering wearable art, and fostering senior cats.  My pronouns are she/her/hers. 


Selected Publications

Kaplan, Jennifer. “The Social Life of Non-binary French: How Non-Binary Francophones Linguistically Navigate Institutions.” Kris Aric Knisely & Eric Louis Russell (eds.), Redoing linguistic worlds: Unmaking gender binaries, remaking gender pluralities. Expected 2023. 

Kaplan, Jennifer. 2022. “Pluri-Grammars for Pluri-Genders: Competing Gender Systems in the Nominal Morphology of Non-binary French.” Languages 7(4).  

Kaplan, Jennifer. 2022. Binary-Constrained Code-switching Among Non-binary French-English Bilinguals. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (PLSA).