Research

         
 

Journals

forthcoming. (with Heike Pichler and Ashley Hesson). Old-age language variation and change: Confronting variationist ageism. Language and Linguistics Compass.

2015. (with Ashley Hesson, Kali Bybel and Heidi Little).Quantifying the referential function of general extenders in North American English. Language in Society 44(5): 705-731.

2014. (with Ashley Hesson). Listener sensitivity to the frequency of socially meaningful linguistic cues affects language attitudes. Language and Social Psychology 33(6): 651-666.

2014. Pinning down enregisterment: Using Pinterest to teach students about dialect enregisterment. American Speech 89(2): 208-218.

2014. Linguistic correlates of Irish-American and Italian-American ethnicity in high school and beyond. Language and Communication 35:75-87.
In Lauren Hall-Lew and Malcah-Yaeger Dror (eds.) "New Perspectives on Linguistic Variation and Ethnic Identity in North America", special issue.

2013. We act like girls and we don't act like men: Ethnicity and local language change in a Philadelphia high school. Language in Society 42(4): 361-383.

2012. Real-time evidence for age grad(ing) in late adolescence. Language Variation and Change 24 (2): 179-202.

2012. Age grading in sociolinguistic theory. Language and Linguistics Compass 6(6): 371-382.
Reprinted 2014 in Robert Bayley & Richard Cameron (eds.), Language Variation and Change: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. Volume 3. New York & London: Routledge Ltd.

2011. (with Gillian Sankoff) Age grading in the Montréal French future tense. Language Variation and Change 23 (3): 275-313.

Books

Routledge Studies in Language Change. (book series co-ed. with Isabelle Buchstaller). Routledge Ltd.

2017. Panel Studies of Variation and Change. (co-ed. with Isabelle Buchstaller). Routledge Studies in Language Change. Routledge Ltd.

in prep. Language Change from Adolescence to Adulthood. Routledge Studies in Language Change. Routledge Ltd.

Book chapters

2017. What makes a panel study work? Researcher and participant in real time. (with Sali Tagliamonte). In Suzanne Evans Wagner & Isabelle Buchstaller (eds.), Panel Studies of Variation and Change. Routledge. 213-232.

2017. Introduction: Using panel data in the sociolinguistic study of language variation and change. (with Isabelle Buchstaller). In Suzanne Evans Wagner & Isabelle Buchstaller (eds.), Panel Studies of Variation and Change. Routledge. 1-18.

2016. Social networks and the study of language variation and change. (with Maya Ravindranath Abtahian). In Zachary P. Neal (ed.), The Handbook of Applied Systems Science. London: Routledge. 553-567.

2016. Comparing referential general extender use across registers in American English speech. (with Ashley Hesson and Heidi Little). In Heike Pichler (ed.), Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change in English: New Methods and Insights. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 

2015. Sociolinguistics: Language in social environments. (with Maya Ravindranath). In Keith Allan (ed.),The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics. Routledge. pp. 264-280.

Proceedings

to appear 2018. Progressive outliers in listener perception of sound change. (with Sayako Uehara) University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 24.2: Selected Papers from NWAV 46.

2016. Reversal and re-organization of the Northern Cities Shift in Lansing, Michigan. (with Alexander Mason, Monica Nesbitt, Erin Pevan and Matt Savage) University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 22.2: Selected Papers from NWAV 44. pp. 171-179. http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol22/iss2/19

2013. Back and forth with classes and that kind of thing: A panel study of general extender use in Philadelphia. (with Kali Bybel and Kathryn VerPlanck). In Alena Barysevich, Alexandra D'Arcy and David Heap (eds.), Proceedings of Methods XIV: Papers from the Fourteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology. Bamberg Studies in English Linguistics. Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang. pp. 337-348. More information here.

2012. The long tail of language change: Québécois French futures in real time. (with Gillian Sankoff and Laura Jensen) University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 18.2: Selected Papers from NWAV 40. pp. 107-116. http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol18/iss2/13/

2012. Finding needles in the right haystack: Double modals in medical consultations. (with J. Daniel Hasty, Ashley Hesson, and Robert Lannon) University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 18.2: Selected Papers from NWAV 40.pp. 41-47. http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol18/iss2/6/

Workshops/conference sessions

2015. Community-based studies of language change. (with Isabelle Buchstaller). Session convened at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 8, University of Leipzig, Germany, May 27-29.

2014. Panel studies: Challenges, food for thought and ways forward. (with Isabelle Buchstaller). Session convened at the International Conference on Methods in Dialectology XV, University of Groningen, Netherlands, August 11-15.

2012. Using physician-patient interviews for quantitative sociolinguistic analysis: a methodological checkup. (with Ashley Hesson). Session convened at Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) 2012, Georgetown University, March 8-11.

Recent presentations (since 2014)

Link to past presentations

2018. (with Meisam Arjmand and Laura Dilley). Investigation of acoustic dimension use in dialect production: Machine learning of sonorant sound for modeling acoustic cues of African American dialect. Poster to be presented at the 11th International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics, Michigan State University, July 31 - August 3.

2018. (with Saya Uehara). Perception of sound change in progress. Poster presented at Cognitive Science of Communication Symposium, Michigan State University, April 20.

2018. (with Laura Dilley and Meisam Arjmandi). Acoustic cues to linguistic profiling? Machine learning of phonetic features of African American English. Poster to be presented at the 175th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Minneapolis, May 11.

2018. (with Saya Uehara). Outlier perception accuracy for a vowel undergoing change in progress. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, Salt Lake City, January 4-7.

2017. The new normal: Supralocal sound change in Michigan. Invited presentation at Georgetown Speaker Series in Linguistics, Georgetown University, December 8.

2017. (with Saya Uehara). Progressive outliers in listener perception of sound change. Paper presented at NWAV 46, Madison, Wisconsin, November 2-5.

2016. Vernacular stability: Comparative evidence from two lifespan studies. (with Sali Tagliamonte). Paper presented at NWAV 45, Vancouver, Canada, November 3-6.

2016. The role of imagination in tracking variant frequency. (with Ashley Hesson and Derek Denis). Poster presented at NWAV 45, Vancouver, Canada, November 3-6.

2016. An analysis of the vowels of African American English. (with Meisam K. Arjmandi, Zachary Ireland, Alex Mason and Laura Dilley). Paper presented at the 21st Mid-Continental Phonetics & Phonology Conference (MidPhon), Michigan State University, September 16-18.

2016. Scaling up reliably: The pros and cons of rigorous protocols. Invited plenary presentation at Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change 3, University of Ottawa, May 5-7.

2016. Conceptualizing and coding social class in North American sociolinguistics. (with Robin Dodsworth). Invited presentation at satellite NSF workshop Preparing your Corpus for Archival Storage: Coding for Socioeconomics, Education, Language Choice, and Stance (co-organizers Malcah Yaeger-Dror and Christopher Cieri), Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, Washington, DC, January 7.

2015. Reversal and re-organization of the Northern Cities Shift in Michigan. (with Alexander Mason, Monica Nesbitt, Erin Pevan & Matt Savage). Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 44), Toronto, Canada, October 22-25 and American Dialect Society Annual Meeting 2016, January 8.

2015. Ignorant and annoying: Inland Northerners’ attitudes toward NCS short-o. (with Alexander Mason, Monica Nesbitt, Erin Pevan & Matt Savage). Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 44), Toronto, Canada, October 22-25 and American Dialect Society Annual Meeting 2016, January 8.

2015. Assessing sociolinguistic monitor performance as a function of individual differences. (with Ashley Hesson). Linguistic Society of American annual meeting, Portland, OR, January 8-11.

2014. 'Senior peer pressure' and late stage language change. (with Gillian Sankoff). New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43, Chicago, University of Illinois, October 23-26.

2014. Incrementation in adolescence: Tapping the force that drives linguistic change. (with Sali Tagliamonte). International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) conference 3, Zurich, Switzerland, August 24-27.

2014. What makes a panel study work? Researcher and participant in real time. (with Sali Tagliamonte). International Conference on Methods in Dialectology XV, University of Groningen, as part of the workshop Panel Studies: Challenges, food for thought and ways forward, August 15, 2014.

2014. Referential general extender use across registers in American English speech. (with Ashley Hesson and Heidi Little). Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change (DiPVaC) 2, Newcastle University, UK, April 7-9.

Grants

2013-2015. The influence of higher education on local phonology. National Science Foundation (NSF). PIs: William Labov and Anita Henderson (University of Pennsylvania).

2012-2014. Language change and stability in the speech of young adults in Philadelphia. Michigan State University, Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP).

Dissertation

2008. Language change and stabilization in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. PhD dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. Download whole document: PDF or download in sections: Front matter Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Appendix & refs