Suzanne Evans Wagner

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Michigan State University

wagnersu AT, B-401 Wells Hall, 517 355-9739


11/14/2016. A core value of Michigan State University is advancing an inclusive campus. As an MSU professor, I am committed to continually making my research group and my classroom more welcoming, open places. I am a trained MSU affirmative action advocate. Linguistics is a diverse discipline, both intellectually and socially. The Linguistic Society of America supports linguistic and social diversity. As a member of the Society, I strive to abide by its guidelines.

I'm a sociolinguist. I study the social meaning attached to linguistic variation, with the goal of understanding what motivates linguistic change. I'm especially interested in the extent to which individuals do or do not participate in ongoing community linguistic change across the lifespan, and how we can differentiate this from age grading. I look in particular at the period between late adolescence and early adulthood, and the ways in which an individual's life trajectory, gender, social class and ethnicity influence participation in change. Some of this work has been featured in the media.

I'm a co-editor of the new Routledge series Studies in Language Change with Isabelle Buchstaller, and co-editor with Erez Levon of the sociolinguistics section of the Mouton online journal Linguistics Vanguard. Contact me if you have a book project idea or a short paper that might be suitable for either venue. You can find more details here.

You can find me in the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab, which is a growing community of amazing students. You can read a recent MSU profile about how I try to include students in my research. I also operate the mailing list of the MSU Friends of Sociolinguistics: an informal cross-departmental group of people interested in language variation and change. In addition to my position in the MSU Linguistics program, I'm a Core Faculty member at the Center for Gender in Global Context and I'm an Affiliate Faculty member in the Second Language Studies program. I am also the current Director of Graduate Studies for the Linguistics program.



Spring 2018

IAH 231c Roles of Language in Society 001-003, Mon and Wed, 10:20-11:40,116 Natural Sciences

LIN 471 Sociolinguistics, Mon and Wed, 12:40-2:00, 114 Bessey

Office hours: Thur 2:00-3:00, Fri 9:30-10:30

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Fall 2018

LIN 871 Sociolinguistics, Tue and Thur, 12:40-2:00, A204 Wells

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