Sociolinguistics faculty Peter De Costa (Second Language Studies), Camelia Suleiman (Arabic) and Suzanne Evans Wagner (Linguistics) have received seed funding from the MSU College of Arts and Letters as part of the nationwide Humanities Without Walls initiative. The funds will be used this summer to support student fieldworkers as they record interviews of immigrant experience with speakers of Chinese, Arabic and Nepali in south-east Michigan. MA TESOL student Hima Rawal will be working in the Nepali-speaking community; PhD Linguistics student Mingzhe Zheng will work in the Chinese-speaking community; and MSU Arabic Flagship co-ordinator Anas Attal and two undergraduates will work in the Arabic-speaking community. Watch this space....
Congratulations to the stalwart undergraduate researchers who graduated this May! Pictured here from left to right are Jessie Hong, Kathryn VerPlanck, Alyssa Webster and Heidi Little. Collectively, these students are responsible for 4 UURAF posters, 3 international conference presentations, 1 conference proceedings chapter and an invited chapter. They have worked on general extenders, quotatives, intensifiers, sound change, outreach in schools and more. We're going to miss them!!
Also celebrating this month was Ashley Hesson (r), who walked in the May graduate commencement, where she was 'hooded' by her advisor Suzanne Wagner (l). Ashley will defend her doctoral dissertation in mid-June.
Congratulations to Alyssa Webster, Heidi Little and Kathryn VerPlanck, who won the prize for best poster in the Linguistics, Language and Speech section of this year's University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Their poster was titled "Quotatives and age-grading in Philadelphia". The work, funded by the College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Initiative (CAL-URI), was mentored by me, and by Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto).
Alyssa, Heidi and Kathryn are long-term active members of the Sociolinguistics Lab, with a number of internal and external conference presentations and two forthcoming publications. Sadly they'll be graduating this May, but what a wonderful way to end their MSU undergraduate careers!
This Friday, April 5, the Linguistics undergraduate group (qUALMS) is holding their annual conference, MSULC. The keynote address will be given by Megan Sutton, a former MSU Linguistics major and current PhD student at the University of Maryland. Students from the Language Acquisition Lab, Sociolinguistics Lab, Speech Lab and from related language/linguistics subdisciplines will give oral presentations and display posters. Sociolinguistics will be represented by these posters:
Poster session 1, 1:15-2:15
1. Shelby O'Brien and Abigail Diedrich. "Listener sensitivity to (ing): insights from a post-task survey."
Poster session 2, 3:15-4:15
2. Shelby O'Brien, Alyssa Webster & Kelly Christopherson. "The effect of college choice on standard speech."
3. Heidi Little & James Shaouni. "Making linguistics relevant to secondary school students."
The second half of fall semester 2012 has been fun and busy. Here are some of the highlights:
The MSU Sociolinguistics Lab, along with the rest of the Linguistics & Languages department, is moving from its home in A-618 Wells Hall in late May. Here are the students who helped with the cleaning up and packing. Pizza and ice-cream helped to keep our spirits up! Watch this space for details of our new address in the soon-to-be-opened Wells Hall addition.
Kathryn VerPlanck (Linguistics major) displayed her poster "Back and forth with classes and that kind of thing: A panel study of general extender use in Philadelphia" at the MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) last Friday, April 13th. The annual event is an all-day showcase of undergraduate work. This year for the first time UURAF recognized the wealth of language-related research at MSU with a new category: Linguistics, Language and Speech.
Kathryn's poster reflects work that she carried out in the last year on the social and linguistic distribution of general extenders (and stuff like that, or whatever, and everything etc) in a small corpus of American English. She co-presented the research last August at the International Methods in Dialectology XIV conference in London, ON, Canada.
Kali Bybel is one of three winners of the Michigan State University Somers Excellence in Teaching award. The Somers Award recognizes teaching assistants who have exhibited a commitment to excellence, innovation and creativity in undergraduate teaching. The intention of the Award is to honor teachers for distinguished practice and to encourage others to follow their examples.
Kali was nominated for this award by her students in IAH 231c Roles of Language in Society, and subsequently selected by a university committee. Congratulations, Kali!
There will be an informal gathering tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday November 2nd) at 6pm in A-607 Wells Hall to discuss last weekend's NWAV 40 conference. Many of the 11 MSU students and faculty who attended will be there to share handouts and talk about what we did or didn't find inspiring at the presentations and workshops. Even if you weren't at the conference, please feel welcome to join us. There will be pizza...
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.