MSU's College of Arts and Letters featured a profile of Suzanne Wagner in its MUSES magazine this winter. MUSES is sent to current and former College of Arts and Letters affiliates. The profile described how Suzanne includes students in her research, and gave some details on work published in 2012 on the production of -ing in the speech of young women during the transition from high school to college.
Several MSU Sociolinguistics lab members have recently had papers accepted to conferences. Here are their abstract titles:
Congratulations to all of the authors!
Suzanne Wagner will be presenting A study of the future tenses in 20th century Montreal French as a part of the Laurence Porter French Colloquium Series. Her talk will be on Friday Sept 13 at 2p in Wells B342. An abstract is included on the colloquium series flyer (click for a larger image). Come support Suzanne and hear about her innovative research!!
Ashley Hesson is working with Heike Pichler (Newcastle University, UK) to present a workshop at DiPVaC 2014. The workshop will explore discourse-pragmatic variation in healthcare settings, highlighting applications and opportunities for cross-disciplinary research. This will be Ashley's second time representing the MSU Sociolinguistics lab at DiPVaC. She's looking forward to sharing her research on variation in physician-patient interactions and reuniting with her DiPVaC colleagues!
The MSU Sociolinguistics lab congratulates William Labov from the University of Pennsylvania on his latest grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, entitled "The influence of higher education on local phonology" (iHELP), will focus on the effects of different college environments on individuals' speech. iHELP participants will be recruited from both Philadelphia, PA and Lansing, MI.
The MSU Sociolinguistics lab (under the direction of Suzanne Wagner) will be assisting the Lansing portion of iHELP. We couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this project! Be on the look out for more iHELP news and updates as we begin the data collection process.
Though Suzanne Wagner is on leave this semester, she's been quite busy writing up some exciting new research! Here are a few of her recent publications:
Congratulations, Suzanne! For a more complete list of Suzanne's work, check out her website.
The MSU Sociolinguistics lab will be having its first fall meeting Fri 8/30 at 12p in Wells B411. We'll be doing introductions, deciding on activities for the semester, and selecting guest speakers. Please join us and help kickoff the new semester!
We'll have some low-key brownbag lunch meetings through the summer, on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. Here are the first few confirmed speakers:
Meetings will last an hour and will take place in the Sociolinguistics Lab, B-411 Wells Hall. Come along and join us!
The MSU Sociolinguistics Lab was represented by seven students this year at UURAF, the university's annual event for the sharing of undergraduate research.
There were also lots of posters from other areas of linguistics, language and speech at this year's event. Thanks to everyone who exhibited a poster or visited our students!
This Friday, April 5, the Linguistics undergraduate group (qUALMS) is holding their annual conference, MSULC. The keynote address will be given by Megan Sutton, a former MSU Linguistics major and current PhD student at the University of Maryland. Students from the Language Acquisition Lab, Sociolinguistics Lab, Speech Lab and from related language/linguistics subdisciplines will give oral presentations and display posters. Sociolinguistics will be represented by these posters:
Poster session 1, 1:15-2:15
1. Shelby O'Brien and Abigail Diedrich. "Listener sensitivity to (ing): insights from a post-task survey."
Poster session 2, 3:15-4:15
2. Shelby O'Brien, Alyssa Webster & Kelly Christopherson. "The effect of college choice on standard speech."
3. Heidi Little & James Shaouni. "Making linguistics relevant to secondary school students."