Suzanne Evans Wagner is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics at Michigan State University. She is also Director of the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab. Her research addresses questions in the study of language variation and language change, particularly with regard to age and the lifespan. She is series co-editor, with Isabelle Buchstaller, of Routledge Studies in Language Change


PhD Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2008.

BA Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2001.



2017. Wagner, Suzanne Evans and Isabelle Buchstaller (eds). Panel Studies of Variation and Change. London and New York: Routledge Ltd.

Refereed journal articles


Book writing

I have a contract with Routledge for a monograph tentatively titled Language Change from Adolescence to Adulthood. I’m trying hard to find a way to get this book written.

Research on local sound change

With current and former PhD students, and with colleagues Maya Ravindranath Abtahian (University of Rochester) and Aaron Dinkin (San Diego State), I’m investigating changes to the pronunciation of English vowels in south east Michigan and upstate New York.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

None. I’m taking a break!


Linguistic Society of America

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