Students

It’s been my privilege to collaborate with and advise these students:

As PhD chair

  • Chad Hall. PhD in progress.
  • Daniel Hasty. PhD 2012. This Might Could Help Us Better Understand Syntactic Variation: The Double Modal Construction in Tennessee English. Daniel combined corpus and matched guise technique methods to investigate the use of and attitudes toward double modals such as might could and may can. He is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina.
  • Ashley Hesson. PhD 2014. Medically Speaking: Co-variation as Stylistic Clustering Within Physician Recommendations. Ashley simultaneously earned her MD at Michigan State, and she is currently a maternal fetal medicine fellow at the University of Michigan.
  • Alex Mason. PhD in progress.
  • Monica Nesbitt. PhD 2019. Changing Their Minds: The Impact of Internal Social change on Local Phonology. Monica will start a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College in fall 2019.
  • Matt Savage. PhD in progress. Testing the Social Indexicality of Vowels Resynthesized from Different Source Dialects. Matt is testing the validity of employing resynthesized vowels in matched guise tests of language attitudes, using the Northern Cities Shift and the Low Back Merger Shift (‘Third Dialect’) as case studies. He is currently working as a data analyst at DePaul University, Chicago.
  • Mingzhe Zheng. PhD 2018. To Be Assimilated and More Like White: A Sociolinguistic Study of Chinese-Americans in the “Asian city” of Southeast Michigan. A former post-doctoral Fellow in Chinese at Earlham College, Indiana, Mingzhe will be a Lecturer in Chinese at University of California Berkeley starting in fall 2019.

As PhD co-chair

  • Mohammed Ruthan. PhD expected 2020. (with Yen-Hwei Lin). Aspects of Jazani Arabic.
  • Xiaomei Wang. PhD expected 2019. (with Yen-Hwei Lin). Variation and Change in Tianjin Tone Sandhi.
  • Irina Zaykovskaya. PhD 2019. (with Susan Gass). Perceptions of Vernacular US English LIKE by Native and Non-native English-speaking Young Adults in Michigan.

As MA chair or co-chair

  • Lubna Aljuboori. MA 2009, by exam.
  • Kirsten Bakken. MA 2008, by exam.
  • Alexander Mason. MA 2016, by exam.
  • Morgan Momberg. MA by exam expected 2020.
  • Chun-Yi Peng. MA 2011. The Placement of the Prepositional Dative in Mandarin Varieties. Chun-Yi then got his PhD in Linguistics at CUNY Graduate Center, where he is now an assistant professor of Chinese. He maintains a research program in Chinese language variation, media and language ideology.
  • Rebecca Senn. MA by exam expected 2020.
  • Carli Willard. MA by exam expected 2020.

Other graduate student collaborators

  • Kali Morris (née) Bybel. PhD 2018. Kali is a syntactician who wrote her dissertation on defaults. But she maintained an interest in sociolinguistic variation, writing a qualifying paper on a Twitter corpus study of participle leveling, and publishing two papers with me on corpus analyses of general extenders, including one in Language in Society (Wagner, Hesson, Bybel and Little 2012).
  • Sayako Uehara. PhD 2018. Saya is a phonologist whose dissertation addressed word segmentation cues. She also wrote a qualifying paper on the perception of vocalic outliers in sound change, which we expanded for an NWAV paper (Uehara and Wagner 2018). Saya is currently teaching Japanese at Notre Dame University.

Doctoral committees, by graduation year

  • forthcoming Shannon Cousins, Naiyan Du, Adam Gobeski, Ho-Hsin Huang, Ye Ma, Elena Sheard (Australia National University), Jason Smith, Chenchen Xu, Yongqing Ye.
  • 2019 Drew Trotter
  • 2018 Kali Morris (Bybel), Qian Luo, Sayako Uehara
  • 2016 Joe Jalbert
  • 2015 Candice Scott (University of Michigan)
  • 2014 Greg Johnson
  • 2010 Mousa Qasem