My Dissertation


"The most beautiful and correct Hebrew": Authenticity, ethnic identity and linguistic variation in the greater Tel Aviv area pdf

Peer Reviewed Publications


Milani, T. M., Levon, E., Gafter, R. J., and Or, I. G. 2018. Tel Aviv as a space of affirmation versus transformation: Language, citizenship and the politics of sexuality in Israel. Linguistic Landscapes 4: 278-297

Gafter, R. J. 2016. What’s a stigmatized variant doing in the word list? Authenticity in reading styles and the Hebrew pharyngeals. Journal of Sociolinguistics 3: 337-348. pdf

Gafter, R. J. and Horesh, U. 2015. When the construction is axla, everything is axla: A case of combined lexical and structural borrowing from Arabic to Hebrew. Journal of Jewish Languages. 20: 31-58. pdf

Gafter, R. J. 2014. The Distribution of the Hebrew Possessive Dative Construction. guided by unaccusativity or prominence?. Linguistic Inquiry. 45(3): 482-500. pdf

Sumner, M., Kurumada, C., Gafter, R. J., and Casillas, M. 2013. Phonetic variation and the recognition of words with pronunciation variants. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society pdf

Edited Volumes


Gafter, R. J. 2016. Pharyngeal beauty and depharyngealized geek: Performing ethnicity on Israeli reality TV. In H. S. Alim, J. R. Rickford and A. F. Ball (Eds.) Raciolinguistics: How language shapes our ideas about race Oxford: Oxford University Press. 185-202.

Conference Presentations


Gafter, R. J. and Horesh, U. 2018. “The roles of linguistic transfer, education, and identity in the Hebrew of bilingual Palestinians”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 47 (NWAV), August 29-31. Cardiff University, Wales, UK.

Gafter, R. J. 2018. “Linguistic construction of identity in changing Tel Aviv neighborhoods”. Sociolinguistic Symposium 22, June 27-30. University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Gafter, R. J. 2018. “Beyond standardness: Interpreting Hebrew reading styles”. Sociolinguistic Symposium 22, June 27-30. University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Gafter, R. J. and Horesh, U. 2017. “A tale of two pharyngeals in the Hebrew of bilingual Arabic-Hebrew speakers”. UK Language Variation and Change 11 (UKLVC), October 18-21. New York University, NY.

Gafter, R. J., Spicer, S. and Ariel. M. 2017. “Hebrew hevi’s path towards ‘give’: usage-based all the way”. Usage-Based Linguistics Conference, July 3-5. Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gafter, R. J., Spicer, S. and Ariel. M. 2017. “BRING-ing about a change”. Linguistic of America 91st annual meeting, January 5-8. Austin, TX.

Gafter, R. J. 2016. “Differences in the social patterning of the two Hebrew pharyngeals”. Sociolinguistic Symposium 21, June 15-18. Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain.

Gafter, R. J. 2015. “What’s a stereotyped variable doing in the word list?”. Linguistic Society of America 89th annual meeting, January 8-11. Portland, OR.

Gafter, R. J. 2012. “Expanding the range of variables in the study of segmental variation in Hebrew: Ethnicity and beyond”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42(NWAV), October 17-20. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Gafter, R. J. 2011. “Pharyngeal beauty and depharyngealized geek: Performing ethnicity and class on Israeli reality TV”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40(NWAV), October 27-30. Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Gafter, R. J. 2011. “The choice of script when writing English words in Hebrew on-line chatting”. Societas Linguistica Europaea 44th Annual Meeting. September 8-11. Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, Spain.

Gafter, R, J. Kurumada, C., Tice, M. and Sumner, M. 2011. “Integrating frequency, formality and phonology in the perception of spoken words”. Linguistic Society of America 85th annual meeting. January 6-9. Pittsburgh, PA.

Gafter, R. J. 2010. “A prominence based account of the Hebrew possessive dative construction”. Israeli Association for Theoretical Linguistics 26th annual meeting, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. October 4-5.

Gafter, R, J., Jurafsky, D. and Sumner, M. 2009. “Where accommodation to non-native speakers doesn't happen”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 38(NWAV), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 22-25 October.

Gafter, R. J. 2008. “Motivating the (non-random) distribution of plural feminine pronouns in Hebrew: The role of Humanness”. New Reflections on Grammaticalization 4, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, July 16-19.

Conference Posters


Gafter, R. J. 2014. “The folk perception and phonetic reality of /h/ evaluation in Israeli Hebrew”. Linguistic Society of America 88th annual meeting. Minneapolis, MN, January 2-6.

Gafter, R. J. 2013. “This is not a trill: On the Hebrew fricatives and ethnic identity”. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42 (NWAV), October 17-20. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Gafter, R. J. 2013. “At the intersection of place and ethnicity: Yemenite identities and Hebrew pharyngeals”. Locating Langauge conference. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 20-21

Gafter, R. J. 2012. “Producing pharyngeals and performing ethnicity on Israeli reality TV”. Racing language, languaging race conference. Stanford, CA, May 3-4

Gafter, R. J. 2012. “Social judgments of unfamiliar variables: English speakers’ perception of the uvular fricative”. Linguistic Society of America 86th annual meeting. Portland, OR, January 5-8

Gafter, R. J. 2011. “What script switching can tell us about norms of multilingual language use”. Linguistic Society of America 85th annual meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, January 6-9.

Gafter, R. J., Kurumada, C., Tice, M . and Sumner, M. 2010. “Frequency maDDers, but formality and phonology maTTer too”. Acoustic Society of America 160th meeting. Cancun, Mexico. November 15-19.