Monica K. Nesbitt-Williams

Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows

Monica is a sociolinguist specializing in phonological (speech sounds) variation and change, with a focus on North American English. Utilizing a variety of quantitative methods, e.g. speech perception, Electroencephalography (EEG), implicit attitudes, and acoustic analyses, her research explores the social and linguistic mechanisms by which these varieties are maintained and altered.  Her dissertation probed the impact of deindustrialization on Michigan English. Her current work explores New England English as it is spoken and perceived by Black Bostonians, in collaboration with Dartmouth undergraduate students.  This project also explores Zoom videoconferencing as a tool for linguistic inquiry, as well as harnessing social media for participant recruitment.


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Michigan State University