Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences


Martin R. 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-

Selected 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 Theoretical and Practical Focus. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Gitterman, M., M. Goral, and L. Obler, (Eds.). 2012 Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.


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 Language 43: 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)


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 completed the 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

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