Suzanne Evans Wagner is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. She is a director of the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab. Suzanne is the co-PI of the MI Diaries project. She is interested in language change across the lifespan, especially the late adolescence/young adult life-stage, and its intersection with community-level language change. She is a co-editor of the book series Routledge Studies in Language Change and of the edited volume Panel Studies of Variation Change (both with Isabelle Buchstaller).
Gabriela Alfaraz is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. She is the director of the MA in Applied Spanish Linguistics. Her main research interests are language variation and change in Spanish varieties of the insular Caribbean, the influence of immigration and dialect contact on Caribbean varieties in the US context, and patterns of language use in bilingual speech communities.
Silvina Bongiovanni is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Her research employs fine-tuned phonetic analysis to investigate variation in sound systems and connects these analyses to issues in sociolinguistics. Her primary focus of inquiry explores variation in nasality in vowels and in consonants. Additionally, she has carried out corpus studies examining sociolinguistic distribution of phonological variants, the link between frequency of phonotactic collocations, and phonological variation. She is also interested in the acquisition of phonological systems by second language speakers and she has examined the impact of learning context (study abroad vs. at-home) on development of L2 sound systems.
Brahim Chakrani is Associate Professor of Arabic and Arab Culture in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. He received his doctorate in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is interested in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and second language learning.
Peter De Costa
Peter De Costa is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. His primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA), though he researches other issues in applied linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research and sociolinguistic scales.
Xiaoshi Li is Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. She received her PhD in Culture, Literacy, and Language at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her dissertation is on the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence by learners of Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language, with a particular focus on the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation in the target language. She has also been doing research in Chinese language and culture, applied linguistics, and intercultural issues in second language teaching and learning. Xiaoshi Li has extensive teaching and research experiences in both China and the United States. Her research interests include second language learning/teaching; sociolinguistics; Chinese language and culture; intercultural communication.
Camelia Suleiman is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University, specializing in sociolinguistics. Her research interest is in the area of language and identity in relation to gender, politicians’ use of language in the media, and national identity. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including Pragmatics, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Middle East Critique and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. Her book, Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Politics of Self-Perception was published in 2011 by I.B. Tauris. She is now working on ‘Arabic and national identity’ in relation to the post-Arab Spring Middle East.
Chantal Tetreault is Associate Professor of Anthropology. Her recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. She is currently looking at the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. She analyzes instances of “crossing,” that is, when individuals adopt and transform linguistic styles that are normally ascribed to a group to which they are not granted membership.