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Garley, Matthew

Garley, Matthew

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor

Phone: 718-262-3870
Office Location: AC-2B12


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Linguistics  2012 
MA  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Linguistics  2008 
BA  New Mexico State University  Government, German  2005 
Matt Garley is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at York College and the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center, and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics with a specialization in Sociolinguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In his research, he uses both qualitative and quantitative (corpus) methods to investigate the properties of varieties of English (particularly those in contact with other languages), the linguistics of hip hop culture, the linguistics of computer-mediated communication, and writing systems.

Areas of Expertise

Corpus Linguistics
Language Contact
Historical Linguistics
Youth Culture
Linguistics of Hip Hop
Computer-Mediated Communication

Books in Field Of Expertise

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Garley, Matt. "Choutouts: Language Contact and US-Latin Hip Hop on YouTube." Lengua y Migracion. 11(2) 2019: 77-106.

Garley, Matt. "'Do they know the normal language?': Language attitudes and ideologies in the German hip hop scene." Critical Multilingualism Studies. 7(3) 2019: 93-128.

Garley, Matt. "Seen and not heard: The relationship of orthography, morphology, and phonology in loanword adaptation in the German hip hop community." Discourse, Context, and Media. 3 2014: 27-36.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Garley, Matt. "Peaze Up! Adaptation, innovation, and variation in German hip-hop discourse." Multilingual Youth Practices in Computer-Mediated Communication. Eds. Cecelia Cutler and Unn Royneland. 2018: 87-108.

Garley, Matt. "Spanglish Rap." St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture. Gale Virtual Reference Library 2018: 6 pp..

Garley, Matt and Benjamin Slade. "Virtual meatspace: Word formation and deformation in Cyberpunk discussions." English in Computer-Mediated Communication: Variation, Representation, and Change. Ed. Lauren Squires. 2016: 123-148.

Garley, Matt. "Realkeepen: Anglicisms in the German hip-hop community." The Languaes of Global Hip Hop. Ed. Marina Terkourafi 2010: 277-299.

Garley, Matt, Benjamin Slade, and Marina Terkourafi. "A text in speech's clothing: Discovering specific functions of formulaic expressions in Beowulf and blogs." Perspectives on Formulaic Language. Ed. David Wood 2010: 213-233.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Garley, Matt & Julia Hockenmaier. "Beefmoves: Dissemination, diversity, and dynamics of English borrowings in a German hip hop forum." Proceedings of the 50th Association for Computational Linguistics. 2012: 135-139.

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Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Hybrid languages and styles in Chicanx hip hop on YouTube: A corpus sociolinguistics approach " 22 February 2022: York College Honors Program Seminar.

" Alternative and novel orthography in US-Latinx hip hop commentary: A corpus-driven approach " 20 March 2021: American Association for Applied Linguistics 2021 Virtual Conference.

" (with Nora Morikawa) whts lngth got 2do w/it: Character limit on Twitter and abbreviation strategies " 5 January 2019: Linguistics Society of America 93rd Annual Meeting.

" Crossing and its discontents: A corpus-based analysis of metalinguistic discourse surrounding Spanish used by non-Latinx rappers " 27 October 2018: New Ways of Analyzing Variation 47, New York City, NY.

" PeaZe Up! Adaptation, innovation, and variation in German hip hop culture " 5 October 2018: CUNY Graduate Center: Book Launch for "Multilingual Youth Practices in Computer Mediated Communication".

" The descriptivist's dilemma: Writing about English grammar in the superdiverse college classroom " 5 June 2018: International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC 2018), Auburn, AL.

" Language and Latinidad in US-Spanglish hip hop: An account from YouTube comments " 6 October 2017: Linguistic Association of The Southwest (LASSO XLVI), Las Cruces, NM.

" Crossing and contested ideologies: Fan responses to spanish used by non-latinx rappers " 12 April 2017: Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, CA.

" Choutouts: Language contact and Latin@ identity in Latin hip hop culture. " 26 February 2016: CUNY Graduate College Sociolinguistics Lunch Lecture.

" Chekealo: Language choice and language attitudes in the US-Latino hip hop community " 20 June 2015: International Society for Language Studies, Albuquerque, NM.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Certificate of Excellence for Leadership, Department of English Writing Program Administration: 2017-2018.

CUNY Academic Commons OER Faculty Fellowship: Spring 2018.

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (3 hrs. course release): Spring 2016.

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) Postdoctoral Junior Research Fellowship, Freiburg, Germany: 1 Jan 2013 - 31 Jun 2013.


PSC-CUNY, "The US-Latino hip hop corpus: A corpus of bilingual English-Spanish hip hop lyrics and discussion for linguistic analysis. 1 July 2015: 3,499.45.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Article reviewer, Arts: Fall 2022-Spring 2023.

Article reviewer, Discourse, Context, and Media: Fall 2019.

Abstract reviewer, Linguistics Society of America annual conference: Summer 2019.

Advanced Placement Linguistics Initiative, Linguistics Society of America: 2018-2019.

Appearance on 'The Vocal Fries: The podcast about linguistic discrimination.' Episode "The Latino Threat Narrative": Fall 2018.

Article reviewer, Popular Music: Spring 2018.

Article reviewer, Text & Talk: Spring 2018.

Article reviewer, Journal of Nordic Linguistics: Spring 2017.

Faculty Online/Hybrid Course Development Program (participant): Summer 2015.

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar (participant): Spring 2015.

Article reviewer, Journal of Pragmatics: Summer 2014.