Michigan linguists (past and present) were well represented at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference held in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct. 17-20.
- Carmel O'Shannessey: Distributions of morphology in a new mixed language, Light Warlpiri.
- Hayley Heaton and Robin Queen: Southern authenticity: The case of Brenda Johnson from “The Closer
- Amy Hemmeter (BA 2013): Gender effects on the production of vocal fry
- Joseph Tyler (PhD 2012): The many meanings of uptalk: Folk perceptions of rising terminal pitch on declaratives
- Lauren Squires (PhD 2011): Social differences in the processing of grammatical variation
- Alicia Wassink Beckford (PhD 1999): Quantifying and Interpreting vowel formant trajectory information (workshop)
- Matt Gordon (PhD, 1997): Real-time perspectives on regional speech patterns: Evidence from early recordings (w/Christopher Strelluf)
- Patricia Cukor-Avila (PhD, 1995): Mapping dialect perceptions in a variationist framework (with Lisa Jeon and Patricia Rector)
- Sonja Lanehart (PhD, English, 1995): Organizer, Panel discussion: How does it feel to be a problem?: The State and Defense v. Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel, and the Sociolinguistic Discourse of Race in America
And of course, Barbara Johnstone (PhD, 1981), was one of the main organizers of the whole conference and held a workshop on Discourse Analysis for Variationists.