Nancy Stern

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

School of Education

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Learning, Leadership, and Culture

Bilingual Education & TESOL Programs


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Nancy Stern

Nancy Stern


Nancy Stern is an Associate Professor in the Bilingual Education & TESOL Programs at The City College School of Education, and in the MA/PhD Program in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include the semantics and pragmatics of English grammar, educational linguistics, and bilingualism.  Her experience prior to joining the CCNY SOE in Fall 2003 included teaching adult ESOL at the college level. She is the PI of B-SEAL for Multilingual Learners, a US Department of Education project funded by a National Professional Development grant, and a Co-PI of the CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE), funded by the New York State Department of Education. Nancy currently serves as the book review editor for the journal Lingua, as the President of the Columbia School Linguistic Society, and on the academic council of American Friends of Combatants for Peace.


Ph.D.,   CUNY Graduate Center (Linguistics)  
M.Phil,  CUNY Graduate Center (Linguistics)  
B.A.,     College of William and Mary (Sociology)

Courses Taught

EDCE 2600C, Linguistics for Teachers
EDCE 6700C, Phonology of English and Other Languages for Teachers
EDCE 35600, Language, Mind & Society
EDCE 6800C Grammar and its Pedagogy: English and Other Languages


Stern, Nancy. 2019.  Grammar as Expressive Choice:  Ourself and Themself.  Lingua  226, 35-52. (Selected as Editor's Choice)

Stern, Nancy, Ricardo Otheguy, Wallis Reid & Jaseleen Sackler, eds. 2019.  Columbia School Linguistics in the 21st Century.  Philadelphia & Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Stern, Nancy. 2019. Introduction: Columbia School linguistics in the cognitive-functional space of the 21st century.  In Columbia School linguistics in the 21st century, ed. by  Nancy Stern, Ricardo Otheguy, Wallis Reid, and Jaseleen Sackler. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 1-32.

Kleyn, Tatyana & Nancy Stern. 2018.  Labels as Limitations.  MinneTESOL Journal. Spring 2018.

Stern, Nancy.  2018.  Ditransitives and the English System of Degree of Control: A Columbia School analysis. In First Names: How theoretical primitives shape the search for linguistic structure (Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy) ed. by Daniel Erker and Naomi L. Shin.  Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 157-188.

Stern, Nancy.  2016. Word order as a signal of meaning: English reflexive pronouns and why we behave ourselves.  In Leanne Rolston (ed.), University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics (pp. 111-119).

Stern, N. 2016. A Functional Account of Grammatical Number in English Reflexive Pronouns. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America.  DOI:

Otheguy, Ricardo & Nancy Stern. 2013. Scholars and citizens: Judging the unfortunate term “Spanglish.”  Anthropology News, December 2013.  (Response to Urciuoli 2013, Is “Spanglish” a bad term?)

Otheguy, R. and Stern, N.  2011.  On So-Called Spanglish.  International Journal of Bilingual Education 15:85-100.

Stern, N.  2008.  History of Bilingual Education.  In Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education.  London: SAGE.  

Davis, J., Gorup, R., & Stern, N. (Eds.) 2006.  Advances in functional linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins.  Philadelphia & Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Stern, N.  2006.  Tell me about yourself:  A unified account of English -self pronouns.  In  Davis, J., Gorup, R., & Stern, N. (Eds.),  Advances in functional linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins (pp. 177-196).Philadelphia & Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Stern, N.  2004. The semantic unity of reflexive, emphatic and other ‑self pronouns. American Speech 79, 270-281. 

Stern, N.   2004.  A sign-based analysis of English pronouns in conjoined expressions.  In Contini-Morava, E., Kirsner, R., & Rodríguez-Bachiller, B. (Eds.), Cognitive and communicative approaches to linguistic analysis (pp. 219-234). Philadelphia & Amsterdam:  Benjamins. 

Stern, N.  2003 . The grammar of English reflexives: A new view.  In Coleman, D. W., Sullivan, W.J., & Lommel, A.  (Eds.), LACUS Forum XXIX: Linguistics in the Real World (pp. 327-337).  Houston: LACUS.