- Chantal Tetreault published her book Transcultural Teens: Performing Youth Identities in French Cités with Wiley-Blackwell in the series New Directions in Ethnography. Congratulations, Chantal!
- Suzanne Wagner co-organized a special session at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 8, in Leipzig, Germany. The session was titled "Community-based studies of language change". Contributions to the session may appear in a forthcoming special issue of the journal Language and Communication. Suzanne was also granted tenure, and is now Associate Professor of Linguistics.
- "Harry Potter and the Secrets of British English" was a great success at this year's MSU Grandparents University. Grandparents and their 8-12 year old grandchildren created mad-libbed potion recipes using British English slang words; deciphered magical runes (phonetic transcriptions); and detected enemies by their accents. The sessions were led by Suzanne Wagner, Chantal Tetreault, Monica Nesbitt and Stacey Rowland, with a little help from Suzanne's 5-year-old son and the 10-year-old daughter of linguistic anthropologist Mindy Morgan.
MSU sociolinguists have been busy this summer already! Here are a few updates, with more to follow.
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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.