Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Suzanne Evans Wagner
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CD116-0297 wagner scaled.jpgAssociate Professor of Linguistics

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

B-401 Wells Hall


Suzanne Evans Wagner's research investigates language variation and language change, especially with regard to its social motivations. 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. Her interest in lifespan linguistic change grew from her collaborative (and ongoing) work with her PhD advisor, Gillian Sankoff. This collaboration in turn inspired Wagner's longitudinal PhD study of young women in Philadelphia. She has recently brought together her own and others' scholarship on the topic of lifespan linguistic change in Panel Studies of Language Variation and Change (2017, with Isabelle Buchstaller), published by Routledge. She has additionally published in Language Variation and Change, Language in Society, American Speech, and Language and Linguistics Compass, among other venues. She serves as co-editor of Routledge Studies in Language Change and on the editorial board of Linguistics Vanguard