In the news: Researchers study how COVID pandemic is affecting language change

Check out this August 5, 2020 story from the College of Arts and Letters on the MI COVID Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab. We’ve been collecting recorded speech from Michigan residents since the beginning of April to track changes to language during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Social distancing and distance learning are affecting how people behave in the world. Part of this project is to document how people’s lives are changing. But from the linguistics side, what we are interested in is how these social changes impact language use, both on a short-term scale and potentially on the long-term scale as well.”

Dr. Betsy Sneller

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