Donna Jo Napoli

Professor of Linguistics

Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics
Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics

An expert on language use, especially slang, Professor Napoli's teaching areas include syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical and comparative linguistics, the structure of Japanese, the structure of American Sign Language, poetics, poetry workshops, dialogue, fiction writing workshops, writing for ESL students, and the mathematical and linguistic analysis of folk dance. She is also an award-winning author of several books for children and young adults, including The Prince of the Pond (Dutton, 1992) and Albert (Random House, 2001). Professor Napoli earned her B.A. in mathematics, M.A. in Italian literature, and Ph.D. in general and romance linguistics, from Harvard University.