Suzanne Evans Wagner

wagnersu@msu.edu
(517) 355-9739

B-401 Wells Hall

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Associate Professor
Research Director

Linguistics

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Suzanne Evans Wagner conducts research on the social motivations of language variation and language change. She is primarily interested in post-adolescent sociolinguistic modification at all levels of the grammar, and in how change over the individual lifespan interacts with language change at the community level. Some of her recent work has investigated ongoing sound change in the Lansing, Michigan area. Her work has been published in Language Variation and Change, Language in SocietyAmerican Speech and Language and Linguistics Compass, among other venues. With Isabelle Buchstaller, she is series editor of Routledge Studies in Language Change, and a co-editor of Panel Studies of Variation and Change.

University News

NEH Grant to Develop Open-Source Code for Self-Recording Mobile App
Published February 14, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
College of Arts & Letters’ Assistant Professor of Linguistics Betsy Sneller was awarded a $99,908 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Advancement…Read now »
MI Diaries Receives NSF Grant to Support Its Expansion
Published October 6, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The MI Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab and led by College of Arts & Letters’ Assistant Professor of Linguistics Betsy Sneller and Associate Professor of Linguistics…Read now »
MSU Linguistics Ascends Rankings as a Solid Choice for Scholarship
Published June 22, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University’s Linguistics program is ranked among the top places in the field for study, research, and employment…Read now »
MI Diaries Project Sees Seven Team Members Graduate
Published May 10, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The MI Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab, is providing MSU students with valuable research experience, and many of those students have been with the project from its beginning…Read now »
The MI COVID Diaries Project
Published November 16, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0wKn0aJces&feature=youtu.be COVID-19 has had a major impact on people around the world, but how is the pandemic changing our language and the way we…Read now »
Studying How COVID Pandemic Is Affecting Language Change
Published August 5, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
two kids talking into an iPad
COVID-19 has had a major impact on people around the world, but how is the pandemic changing our language and the way we communicate? That is the question being studied by a team of researchers…Read now »
Understanding the Language of Change Through Linguistics
Published May 26, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
Suzanne Evans Wagner isn’t telling people how to talk. She’s here to say that people have options and reasons for talking the way they do. An Associate Professor of Linguistics…Read now »
Podcast: Why Language Changes Over Time
Published April 25, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
man and woman sitting next to one another in a room with black and white checkered walls and microphones on the table
Episode seven of season three of the Liberal Arts Endeavor podcast is out! In this episode, Dean Christopher P. Long discusses why language changes over time with Suzanne Wagner, Associate…Read now »
Enhancing Graduate Education Through Cross College Workshop
Published May 17, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
a laptop screen showing a student's code
All this week, a cross-college workshop, R Statistics Bootcamp, was offered at Michigan State University, giving graduate students and researchers the opportunity to learn more about the statistical…Read now »
Finding Success in Linguistics Research
Published April 19, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Attending Michigan State University was an easy choice for Linguistics major Scott Nelson, whose parents both graduated from MSU, but determining a major wasn’t as easy until he found a home in…Read now »