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Department of Linguistics

Department Laboratories:

Sociolinguistics laboratory

Phonetics Laboratory

Computational Linguistics Laboratory



Alicia Beckford Wassink


Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Washington

Department Main Office: A210H Padelford Hall

Department Phone: +(206) 543-2046

Email: wassink [at] u [dot] washington [dot] edu


(Curriculum Vitae)


I am Director of the Sociolinguistics Laboratory, and an associate professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington. On this website, you will find up-to-date information about my research and teaching.




My research interests lie in sociolinguistics (the study of language in its various social contexts, the relationships between language and social network structure, language attitudes and the outcomes of language and dialect contact) and phonetics (the study of the acoustic properties of spoken language, perception, and physiological aspects of human speech).  One of my principal languages of study is Jamaican Creole. When I'm in Jamaica conducting fieldwork, my home base is the University of the West Indies.



Selected research papers and presentations



Research projects




The UW Sociolinguistics Laboratory


with Chris Koops,

Quantifying and Interpreting Vowel Formant Trajectory Information

 (NWAV42, Pittsburgh

October 17, 2013, Towards Best Practices in Sociophonetics workshop)

English in the Pacific Northwest Project



Corpus holdings for sociolinguistics research




Effects of Style and Gender on Fronting and Raising of /e/, /e:/ and /ae/ before /g/ in Seattle English


(NWAV38, Ottawa

October 22-25, 2009)



PNWE AudioQuiz

Elicitation Materials Clearinghouse



1999 Dissertation, A Sociophonetic Analysis of Jamaican Vowels

VOIS3D software






The linked items below will take you to present and past syllabi and course descriptions for the courses that I teach.


Introduction to Linguistic Thought (LING200)

Areal Linguistics: Pidgins and Creoles (LING430)

Sociolinguistic Applications of Social Network Theory (LING534)

Sociolinguistics I (LING432/ANTH432/LING532)

Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics (LING450)

Advanced Linguistic Phonetics (LING554)

Sociolinguistics II (LING433/ANTH433)

Advanced Sociolinguistics (LING535)

Problems in Linguistics: Just Noticeable Differences (LING580CD)


LING580, Computational Methods in Linguistic Analysis (co-taught with Emily Bender)

R in Linguistics (complement to Compuational Methods in Linguistic Analysis)




Other Linguistics links:


       The homepage of the Linguistic Society of America.

       The homepage of the University of Michigan Department of Linguistics (my alma mater)


a few Sociolinguistics links:


       Linguistic Data Consortium, located at the University of Pennsylvania

       The North Carolina State University's Sociolinguistics Archive and Analysis Project (SLAAP)


a few Phonetics links:


       A text-to-speech synthesizer, created by Lucent Technologies.

       Table of contents, abstracts, and other information about articles recently published in the Journal of Phonetics, for which I am a former editorial assistant.

       The homepage of the Acoustical Society of America.

       The homepage of Haskins Laboratories (New Haven, CT).

Need to look up a word? Try Webster's online dictionary

last updated 5/13/2013


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