Maya Abtahian

Maya Ravindranath Abtahian


  • Associate Professor of Linguistics
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics
  • Co-Director of Grammar and Variation Lab

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2009

Office Location
514 Lattimore Hall
Web Address

Office Hours: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

Professor Maya Ravindranath Abtahian joined the Department of Linguistics in September 2015. She graduated with her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Her dissertation, Language Shift and the Speech Community: Sociolinguistic Change in a Garifuna Community in Belize, was advised by Gillian Sankoff (Chair), David Embick (Chair), and William Labov. Prior to coming to Rochester, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire. Prof. Abtahian works on language variation and change in the context of language shift and other social changes.

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language variation and change
  • Language contact
  • Language shift

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • LING 102:  Language and Social Identity
  • LING 110:  Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • LING 205 / 405:  Historical Linguistics
  • LING 210 / 410:  Language and Sound Systems
  • LING 227 / 427:  Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 240 / 440:  Topics in Language Variation and Change
  • LING 388:  Topics in Language Contact