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  • MSU profile published online
    I was featured this week in a story by the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Understanding the Language of Change Through Linguistics. (It was also published in the university’s daily news publication, MSU Today, but the College version is more colorful, and includes pictures of me and students in the lab.) It’s a little…
  • Montreal French lifespan change featured in live lecture
    My long-time collaborator and former advisor, Gillian Sankoff, gave a live lecture today for the Brazilian Linguistic Association, Abralin, on the topic of language change across the lifespan. The talk includes our joint work on variable auxiliary selection and future temporal reference in Montreal French. This talk is one of many voluntary contributions by prominent…
  • Review of Eckert book “Meaning and Linguistic Variation”
    In 2018, Penelope Eckert published a new book, Meaning and Linguistic Variation: The Third Wave in Sociolinguistics. I was invited by the journal Language in Society to publish a review. I accepted, but then got caught up that summer in other things that took priority. Every week I told the members of my accountability group…
  • MI-COVID Diaries project is recruiting!
    I’m excited to announce the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab‘s new project,┬áMI COVID Diaries! The project is led by our new Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Dr. Betsy Sneller. We’re collecting periodic audio diaries from Michigan State residents about their experiences since March 2020. Diarists don’t need any special equipment: They can record themselves for about 10-15 minutes…
  • “What influences dialects?” video
    Available now, here’s a quick video created by the College of Arts and Letters media team as part of its Behind the Will series*. Titled “What influences dialects?” you can hear me give a very rapid tour of some regional US lexical variation, plus a meditation on the identity factors that propel language change in…