Alicia Beckford Wassink


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Ph.D., University of Michigan, Linguistics


"A Sociophonetic Analysis of Jamaican Vowels."  Co-chairs: Patrice Speeter Beddor, A. Lesley Milroy.  Dissertation nominated for Horace H. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award.

B.A., Houghton College, NY


Communication, Creative Writing, Spanish minor.  Summa cum laude.


Areas of specialization: Sociolinguistics (social network theory, phonological variation, language ideology, language attitudes), Acoustic phonetics (spectral and temporal characteristics of vowels), Creole linguistics (Jamaican Creole phonetics and phonology), Sociolinguistic competence in children