Last week, the University of Ottawa hosted the third Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change (DiPVaC) conference. In addition to some great talks, there was an opportunity for a little lab tourism. Here's MSU's Suzanne Evans Wagner (far right) at the famous University of Ottawa Sociolinguistics Lab, with its director, Shana Poplack (near right). On the far left are Nathalie Dion, the lab director, and Heike Pichler of Newcastle University. Heike is the originator of the DiPVaC conference and the chair of its steering committee.
We're pleased to welcome Marisa Brook, who will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Linguistics program in 2016-2017. Marisa joins us from the University of Toronto, where she is completing her dissertation,
Syntactic categories informing variationist analysis: The case of English copy-raising under the supervision of Sali Tagliamonte. Here's a photo from Sali's Twitter feed, showing Toronto students at the recent DiPVaC3 conference in Ottawa. Marisa is the second from the right.
August Jenkins was presented last month with the prestigious Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize. You can read all about August and her prize in this MSU Today story published April 21. To recognize August's incredible achievement, she was included in the platform group at her bachelors degree commencement last week. Congratulations, August! And good luck with your PhD in clinical psychology at Penn State University later this year!
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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.