Fall 2023

    • Where: B-411 Wells Hall and Zoom.

    • When: Fridays, 2-3:30pm.

    • Contact: Jessica Shepherd, sheph157@msu.edu, for the Zoom link and password or to join the lab’s email list-serv and/or Microsoft Team.

September 1

Adam Barnhardt (Linguistics PhD student) will give a practice talk titled The developmental imperative and indexical fields: What conditions variation for use in early-adolescent stancetaking? Adam’s data come from the MI Diaries project.

September 8

Undergraduate research presentations by Caroline Zackerman and Samir Levitt, titles TBD 

October 6

Practice talks for NWAV 51

  • Yongqing Ye (Linguistics PhD), Nasalization over time in Michigan English
  • Adam Barnhardt (Linguistics PhD), Not all sound changes in progress are used in early adolescent stance-taking
  • Shannon Harasta (Second Language Studies PhD), Conversational comfort and linguistic insecurity with respect to gender, sexual orientation, and transness

October 20

Post-NWAV debriefing

November 3

Discussion of FirstView article in Language Variation and Change:

December 1

10-minute presentations on research in progress

  • Dr. Betsy Sneller (Lab Co-Director) will talk about a project with Daniel Greeson (Stony Brook) on the pronunciation of /æ/ before /l/ in Michigan English.
  • Dr. Suzanne Wagner (Lab Co-director), Emily Duggan (Linguistics MA) and Annan Kirk (Linguistics PhD) are comparing the discourse-pragmatics of voicemails and MI Diaries submissions.
  • Jessica Shepherd (Linguistics PhD) is looking into story-trailing so and but in MI Diaries submissions.