- Gillian Sankoff, Suzanne Evans Wagner & Laura Jensen. The long tail of language change: Québécois French futures in real time.
- J. Daniel Hasty, Ashley Hesson, Suzanne Evans Wagner & Robert Lannon. Finding needles in the right haystack: Double modals in medical consultations. [Winner of the NWAV 40 Best Student Poster prize]
The lastest issue of the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics features four current or former MSU sociolinguists: Suzanne Wagner, Ashley Hesson, Daniel Hasty and Laura Jensen:
On Friday September 28th at 12:15pm in the RCAH Auditorium in Snyder-Phillips Hall, Norma Mendoza-Denton and Ashley Hesson will be giving a rehearsal talk for their presentation at the 41st Annual NWAV conference. All are welcome. Here's the abstract:
Where does the Sociolinguistic Variable Start?
University of Arizona, School of Anthropology
Michigan State University
In their seminal discussion, Lavandera (1978) and Labov (1978) consider the definition of a sociolinguistic variable and the implications of the extension of the concept of a sociolinguistic variable from phonology to syntax and (to some degree) to discourse. In the thirty-five years since these writings, the debate over what counts as a variable, how to identify variable meanings, and how to circumscribe the envelope of variation continues (Romaine 1981, Fasold 1991, Wolfram 1991, Macauley and Fought 2004, Cheshire, Kerswill and Williams 2005). In this talk we present two case studies, one in sociophonetics, and one in discourse-pragmatic variation. We tackle two core issues: 1) what happens when a variable’s social meaning shifts as a result of a reevaluation of the social dimensions of the community, 2) how do we treat nested layers of pragmatically constrained variation? Our case studies represent different communities of practice and have the potential to shed light on how clusters of relationships, speech events, and shifting social landscapes affect our evolving conception of the sociolinguistic variable.
Who we are
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.