Ashley Hesson and Suzanne Evans Wagner convened a panel session this weekend at GURT 2012. The panel, titled "Using physician-patient interviews for quantitative sociolinguistic analysis: a methodological check-up" featured contributions from Heidi Hamilton and Wen-ying Sylvia Chou who are co-editors of the forthcoming Handbook of Language and Health Communication (Routledge), as well as from Robert Podesva and Robert Lannon. Ashley and Suzanne's collaborators J. Daniel Hasty and Norma Mendoza-Denton were also represented. The panel was followed by a discussion of how best to bring together qualitative and quantitative analysts to solve healthcare communication problems, and how to access large databases of doctor-patient conversation.
Suzanne Wagner and Maddie Shellgren were at the University of Ottawa today to present their talk "Shifting and separating: Directions in individual lifespan linguistic change" at the Conference on Sources of Individual Linguistic Differences. It was a great opportunity to meet researchers working on language and autism, including some who are using Autism Quotient (AQ) measures of the neurotypical population to determine what kinds of speakers might actuate language change (e.g. Alan Yu, Jeff Mielke).
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We are faculty and students interested in language variation and change at Michigan State University in the departments of Linguistics & Languages, Romance & Classical Studies, Anthropology, Education and beyond.