Congratulations to Maddie Shellgren, who is one of the winners of the 2014 Somers Excellence in Teaching Awards! This award is given to outstanding teaching assistants in Michigan State's Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities (IAH) courses. Maddie served as a TA for IAH 231c Roles of Language in Society in 2013-2014, and was nominated by her students. The prize is $1000!
Suzanne Wagner will be convening a workshop on panel studies at the International Conference on Methods in Dialectology XV on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Her co-organizer is Isabelle Buchstaller of the University of Leipzig. The workshop is titled Panel studies: Challenges, food for thought and ways forward and will feature presentations by Patricia Cukor-Avila, Jonathan Harrington, Frans Gregersen, John Rickford, Walt Wolfram, Sali Tagliamonte, Malcah Yaeger-Dror and others. It is hoped that the workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers who have been engaged in panel studies to share their experiences, and to lay out some best practices for future researchers in this area. The guiding questions of the workshop include:
A paper by Suzanne Wagner and Ashley Hesson has been accepted for publication in the journal Language and Social Psychology. The experiment described was undertaken by a team in the Sociolinguistics Lab in the 2013-2014 academic year. The results suggest that when listeners are evaluating sociolinguistic variation, their evaluations depend to some degree on their individual differences in domains such as attention to detail and pragmatic language skills.
Wagner, Suzanne Evans and Ashley Hesson. in press. Listener sensitivity to the frequency of socially meaningful linguistic cues affects language attitudes. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
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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.