Agnes Bolonyai

Agnes Bolonyai

Associate Professor
Tompkins 203A
919/368-6914 (office)
agnes_bolonyai at ncsu dot edu


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, SC, 1999
Dissertation: The Hidden Dimensions of Language Contact: The Case of Hungarian-English Bilingual Children

M.A., TESOL, Azusa Pacific University, CA, 1994

M.A., English, ELTE University of Arts and Letters, Budapest, Hungary, 1983

B.A., Russian, ELTE University of Arts and Letters, Budapest, Hungary, 1983

Research Interests

Bilingual first language acquisition and attrition; 'social grammar' of code switching; language of belonging and difference in immigrant discourse; identity and ideology in language shift/maintenance; language, gender and power; discourse of emotion; cross-cultural pragmatics

Recent Publications


(under review)Language contact in the 'third space': Creativity and hybridity in bilingual children. Submitted to Applied Linguistics.

(under review) Code-switching and the optimal grammar of language use. Submitted to Language in Society.(2nd author Rakesh Bhatt)


(In)vulnerable agreement in incomplete bilingual L1 learners. Accepted for publication. (To appear) To appear in the International Journal of Bilingualism,11 (1), 2007.


Vulnerable morphemes in imperfect bilingual L1 acquisition. Proceedings of the 29th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, ed. by A. Brugos, M. Clark-Cotton, & S. Ha, pp.85-96. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

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ENG 210/ENG 524:Introduction to Language and Linguistics (undergraduate & graduate)
ENG 327: Language and Gender
Bilingualism and Language Contact
ENG 527: Discourse Analysis

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