Alex is a PhD student in the Linguistics department. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, he took time off to travel and work as an interpreter before returning to Michigan to receive his B.A. in Spanish and Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University. Alex's main interests are in variation and change in the areas of phonetics, phonology and syntax. He has been working with Suzanne Wagner and others on Lansing speech and attitudes toward the NCS and has recently started research on Latino attitudes toward regional English dialects with Gabriela Alfaraz. (website)
Monica is a PhD student in the Linguistics program. She received her BA in English from Boise State University and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. Her research focuses are in the fields of sociophonetics, phonology and psycholinguistics. She is a currently working on various experiments probing what social and cognitive factors influence a speaker's participation in an ongoing sound change. She is also immersed in a series of perception and production experiments probing syllabic representations in American English, with a particular focus on so-called ambisyllabic consonants.
Matt is a PhD student in the linguistics program. He received both his BA and MA from Brigham Young University. His interests include sociophonetics and language attitudes; his MA thesis dealt with the attitudes surrounding the stereotypical speech of Utahns in the Wasatch Front region. He is currently working with Suzanne Wagner on the IHELP project, and investigating language attitudes regarding the Northern Cities Shift in Michigan.
Mingzhe is a PhD student in the Linguistics program. He is interested in sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology. Mingzhe is currently working on a series of experiments on the topic of the adaptation of English loanwords into Mandarin phonology. He is also a research assistant for the "Immigrant experiences in the global Midwest" project, and is exploring his interest in the phonology, phonetics and sociolinguistics of the Chinese-American community in south-east Michigan.