Erez Levon


Lecturer in Linguistics

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film                                                                                                   

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

United Kingdom

t: +44 207 882 8435                                                

f: +44 208 980 5400


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I am a sociolinguist, and I am primarily interested in the relationship between language and society, or the ways in which people use language to do social work. My current research focuses on the ways in which gay men and lesbians in Israel use language to negotiate between their own socio-sexual identifications and the politics of gender, sexuality and conceptions of national identity in Israel.




PhD in Linguistics                        New York University (2008)

MA in Linguistics                         New York University (2002)

BA in Linguistics & French           University of California Los Angeles (2000)


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


Selected Research:


National Discord: Language, Sexuality and the Politics of Belonging in Israel,” PhD Dissertation, New York University, 2008.

“Définitions et méthodes d’approche des minorités sexuelles,” in Laithier, S. & V. Vilmain (eds.) L’Histoire des Minorités est-elle une Histoire Marginale? Paris: Presse Universitaire de Paris, Sorbonne, 2008 [in French].

Sexuality in context: Variation and the sociolinguistic perception of identity,” Language in Society 36: 533-554, 2007.

Hearing gay: Prosody, interpretation and the affective judgments of men’s speech,” American Speech 81: 56-78, 2006.

Mosaic identity and style: Phonological variation among Reform American Jews,” Journal of Sociolinguistics 10: 185-205, 2006.


Current and Recent Teaching:


            Language and Gender (Queen Mary, Spring 2008)

            Linguistic Research Projects (Queen Mary, Spring 2008)

Bilingualism (NYU, Spring 2005)

Structure of English Vocabulary (NYU, Fall 2003)

Sex, Gender and Language (NYU Spring 2003)

Introduction to Linguistics (NYU, Summer 2002)


Honors, Grants and Awards:


            International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Israel), Social Science Research Council, 2005-2006

NYU Torch Fellowship (research in Israel), 2005-2006

            Max Talmey Award (research in Israel), 2003

            New York University Pre-doctoral Fellowship (research in Israel), 2003

            Outstanding Teaching Award (New York University), 2003


Professional Service:


            Co-coordinator, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 34, 2003 – 2005

            President, Linguistics Association of NYU (LANYU), 2001-2003


Professional Affiliations:


            Linguistics Society of America

            American Anthropological Association

            International Gender and Language Association

            Israeli Association for the Study of Language and Society