Chad Hall is a British graduate student who attained a BA degree in Linguistics from University College London (UCL) in 2015 and a Masters degree in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford in 2016. Chad's primary research interests are in Sociolinguistics and Phonetics, particularly the acquisition of local dialectal phonetic features by second language speakers, the relation between dialect attitude and speaker dialectal features and the phonetics-phonology interface. Chad has presented research at the University of Lancaster, the University of Edinburgh, York University in Toronto and Michigan State University.
Jared Kaczor is a first year undergraduate student, whose major is in linguistics. He is currently working for the lab as an research assistant. Jared is interested in dialect variation and attitudes on them.
Alex is a PhD student in the Linguistics department. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, he took time off to travel and work as an interpreter before returning to Michigan to receive his B.A. in Spanish and Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University. Alex's main interests are in variation and change in the areas of phonetics, phonology and syntax. He has been working with Suzanne Wagner and others on Lansing speech and attitudes toward the NCS and has recently started research on Latino attitudes toward regional English dialects with Gabriela Alfaraz. (website)
Monica is a PhD student in the Linguistics program. She received her BA in English from Boise State University and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Arlington. Her research focuses are in the fields of sociophonetics (perception and production) and phonology. She is currently investigating how social status and/or ethnicity influence a speaker's participation in sound change. She is also immersed in a series of perception and production experiments probing syllabic representations in American English, with a particular focus on so-called ambisyllabic consonants. (website)
Matt is a PhD student in the linguistics program. He received both his BA and MA from Brigham Young University. His interests include sociophonetics and language attitudes; his MA thesis dealt with the attitudes surrounding the stereotypical speech of Utahns in the Wasatch Front region. He is currently working with Suzanne Wagner on the IHELP project, and investigating language attitudes regarding the Northern Cities Shift in Michigan.
Sayako (a.k.a Saya) is a PhD student in the Linguistics program. Her primary research areas are sociophonetic investigations of sound change and experimental phonology. In recent years, she has been studying the perception of vocalic outliers by local Michiganders and how it relates to their participation in sound change. (website)
Chenchen is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics program. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from MSU. Her primary research interests are sociolinguistic variation, perceptual mapping, perceptual phonology and phonetics. Her recent sociolinguistic studies were on Chinese syllable contraction using Prestonian perceptual mapping, graphical aggregation, socio-perceptual experiment and quantitative analysis. She is currently investigating the phonetics and phonological aspects of Chinese syllable contraction. She is also working with Dr. Yen-hwei Lin on Chinese affixation.
Mingzhe is a PhD student in the Linguistics program. He is interested in sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology. Mingzhe is currently working on a series of experiments on the topic of the adaptation of English loanwords into Mandarin phonology. He is also a research assistant for the "Immigrant experiences in the global Midwest" project, and is exploring his interest in the phonology, phonetics and sociolinguistics of the Chinese-American community in south-east Michigan.