Dr. S. (Simanique) Moody

  • Lecturer

Telephone number: +31 (0)70 800 9325
E-Mail: s.moody@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Engels
Office Address: Campus Den Haag (LV 44)
Lange Voorhout 44
2514 EG Den Haag
Room number A3.03

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


August 2012-present University lecturer in the BA International Studies Programme and 
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

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 Oxford Handbook of African American Language, Sonja Lanehart (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press

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