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Emeriti Faculty Professor Martin Gitterman

Professor Emeritus, Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Administrative Experience

  • Chair, Department of Speech and Theatre, Lehman College, July 1994-June 2000
  • Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (formerly Speech and Hearing Sciences), The Graduate Center, CUNY, July 2003-June 2009
  • Director, Program in Linguistics, Lehman College, March 2001-June 2003
  • Ombuds Officer (Visiting Professor), The Graduate Center, CUNY, September 2010

Elected Professional Activities

  • Consulting Editor, National Social Science Journal (1990-1995)
  • National Board Member, National Social Science Association (1990-1995)
  • Local Assistant Co-Chair, TESOL ’91 Convention
  • TESOL ’92 Convention Proposal Reader
  • Reviewer, Brain and Language submission (2004)
  • Reviewer, Experimental Stroke and Translational Medicine submission (2010)
  • Editorial Board Member, Language, Society and Culture (2006- )
  • Invited Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tasmania, Australia (2009)
  • Invited Member, Editorial Advisory Board for in prep. book (Le and Le, eds.)-Technologies for Enhancing Pedagogy, Engagement, and Empowerment in Education (2010)

Selected Publications


  • Byrd, D., N. Bailey and M. Gitterman, (Eds.). 2000. Landmarks of American Language and Linguistics, Volume 2. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of State.
  • Gitterman, M. 2011. Teaching Speech to English Language Learners: A Theoreticaland Practical Focus. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 
  • Gitterman, M., M. Goral, and L. Obler, (Eds.). 2012 Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Selected Elected Articles/Book Chapters

  • Gitterman, M. 1987. The heterogeneous speech class: Methodological considerations. The Speech Communication Annual 1: 83-90.
  • Gitterman, M. 1989. Improving performance by maximizing feedback for native and non-native speakers of English. The Speech Communication Teacher 3 (3): 7. 
  • Sies, L. and M. Gitterman. 1989. Neurolinguistic processing and brain function: A General Semantics perspective. ETC. 46: 328-333.
  • Sies, L. , M. Gitterman, and S. Foo. 1989. The investigation of non-biological influences on the organization of language in the brain – an interdisciplinary approach. Journal ofNeurolinguistics 4: 497-507.
  • Gitterman, M. and L. Sies. 1990. Aphasia in bilinguals and ASL signers: Implications for a theoretical model of neurolinguistic processing based on a review and synthesis of the literature. Aphasiology 
    4: 233-239. 
  • Gitterman, M. 1992. The word as symbol: An interlingual perspective.Massachusetts Journal of Communication 10 (1): 7-11.
  • Gitterman, M. and L. Sies. 1992. Nonbiological determinants of the organization of language in the brain: A comment on Hu, Qiou, and Zhong. Brain and Language43: 162-165.
  • Gitterman, M. 1999. The critical period: Some thoughts on Grimshaw et al. (1998).Brain and Language 66: 377-381.
  • Gitterman, M. 2005. Aphasia in multilingual populations. In M. Ball (Ed.). Clinical Sociolinguistics (pp. 219-229). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Gitterman, M. 2006. Thoughts on teaching pronunciation. As We Speak 3 (2).
  • Gitterman, M. and H. Datta. 2007. Neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. In J. Centeno, R. Anderson, and L. Obler (Eds.), Communication Disorders in Spanish Speakers: Theoretical,Research and Clinical Aspects (pp. 57-66). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • Gitterman, M. M. Goral, and L. Obler. 2012. Introduction. In M. Gitterman, M. Goral, and L. Obler, (Eds.), Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia (pp. xix-xxiv). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Jones, J., M. Gitterman, and L. Obler. 2012. A case study of a bidialectal (African-American Vernacular English/Standard American English) spearker with agrammatism. In M. Gitterman, M. Goral, and L. Obler (Eds.), Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia (pp. 257-272). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.


  • Jones, J., L. Obler, M. Gitterman, and R. Goldfarb. 2002. The interface of phonology and morphology in agrammatism: Negation in African American vernacular English. Brain and Language 83: 164-166. (abstract for Academy of Aphasia poster session)

Selected Reviews

  • Gitterman, M. and S. Krashen. 1975. Some implications of current first language acquisition research for second language learning and language training: A review of: Brown, Roger: A First Language: The Early Stages. Kritikon Litterarum 4: 238-243. 
  • Gitterman, M. 1988. A review of: Casanave, C. and D. Williams. 1987. The Active Reader: An Introductory Reading/Communication Text for Students of ESL. The Modern Language Journal 72: 347-348. \
  • Gitterman, M. and L. Sies. 1994. A review of: Hoosain, R. 1991. Psycholinguistic Implications for Linguistic Relativity: A Case Study of Chinese. Journal of Neurolinguistics 8: 157-161. 
  • Gitterman, M. 2002. A review of: Tse, L. 2001. “Why Don’t They Learn English?”: Separating Fact From Fallacy in the U.S. Language Debate. TESOL Quarterly 36: 638-639. 
  • Gitterman, M. 2007. A review of: Long, M.: 2007. Problems in SLA. Language, Society and Culture (20). \
  • Gitterman, M. 2008. A review of: Baker, C. A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism (3rd Edition). Language, Society and Culture (24): 84-85.

Conference Presentations

  • Frequent conference presenter (including presentations at state, national and international conferences)
  • Keynote speaker at the Puerto Rico TESOL Eastern Chapter Annual Conference, August 9, 2008 (Title of Presentation- Pronunciation and English Language Learning: Instruction and Assessment)

Service on Dissertation Committees

  • Served as a member on 13 dissertation committees of students who have completedthe Ph.D. degree during the period 1996-2010.

Selected Courses Taught: Lehman College

  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Undergraduate)
  • Articulatory Phonetics (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Linguistics (Undergraduate)
  • Bilingualism (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Speech and Language (Undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Speech (Graduate)
  • Studies in the Regional and Social Dialects of American English (Graduate)
  • Language and Linguistics (Graduate)

Courses Taught: The Graduate Center

  • Studies in the Neurolinguistics of Bilingualism (Graduate)
  • College Teaching (Graduate)
  • Seminar in Educational/Urban Linguistics (Graduate)
  • Studies in Bilingualism (Graduate)
  • Sociolinguistics (Graduate)
  • Topics in Applied Linguistics (Graduate)
  • Dissertation Seminar (Graduate); chaired the seminar as Executive Officer