Alicia Beckford Wassink


Employment and Professional Honors

Research Projects

Publications & Talks

Professional Service


Professional Memberships

Acoustical Society of America, 1992-present

Linguistic Society of America, 1992-present

International Phonetic Association, 2014-present

Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, 1999-present

Committee of Linguists of African Descent, 1998-present

Best Practices in Sociophonetics Working Group, 2010-present


Journal Reviewing

Journals:  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of English Linguistics, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Journal of Phonetics, Phonetica, Phonology, Publications of the American Dialect Society, Speech Communication

Conferences:  Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics, New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English, Linguistic Society of America, International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Symposium on the History of the English Language, Western Conference on Linguistics

Grant Agencies:  National Science Foundation, UW Royalty Research Fund


Conference and Workshop Organizing

2016      Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL2), University of Washington

2014         Steering committee, Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL1), University of Victoria, BC

2003, 2005          Breath of Life Workshop, University of Washington.  (Co-Organizer with Alice Taff, University of Alaska, Fairbanks) Week-long series of sessions aimed to assist individuals, educators and linguistics professionals access the holdings of the University of Washington Libraries relevant to projects on revitalization of Native American languages.

2004         Language/culture/power colloquium series, University of Washington.  $6,500.  Co-Organizer with Laada Bilaniuk, Department of Anthropology.  Quarter-long series of talks bringing speakers from both within and outside UW to talk on current research into issues of language, culture and identity politics. Funded by the Arts and Sciences Exchange Program and the Simpson Center


Professional Offices

2016-present                  Nominating Committee, Linguistic Society of America

2014-present                  Editorial board, Phonetica.

2013-present                  Steering committee, Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL)

2010-2013                        Technical Advisory Committee, Linguistic Society of America (now Committee for Scholarly Communication in Linguistics)

2010                                      Member, Working Group to Draft Charter on Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole Speaking Caribbean, "Creole and International Languages in the Education - Out of school issues"

2005-2008                        Advisory Panel for Linguistics, National Science Foundation

2004-2009                        Mentoring Program Steering Committee.  Committee for Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL), Linguistic Society of America