Hi there!

I'm an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Kansas. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and my Master's from North Carolina State University in 2015. My research asks: What do people know about language and the people who use it? The answer is "a lot!" and this influences they way people produce and comprehend language. I'm particularly interested in perception-production relationships, individual differences, and how our (constantly evolving) experiences shape our linguistic behaviors.

Papers

2023

Lacey Wade, David Embick, and Meredith Tamminga. 2023. Dialect experience modulates cue reliance in sociolinguistic convergence. Glossa Psycholinguistics 2, 1. PDF

2022

Lacey Wade. 2022. Experimental evidence for expectation-driven linguistic convergence. Language 98, 1. PDF | Data

Meredith Tamminga & Lacey Wade. 2022. Coherence across social and temporal scales. In The Coherence of Linguistic Communities: Orderly Heterogeneity and Social Meaning. Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics (Eds. Karen Beaman and Gregory Guy). PDF

Wei Lai, Lacey Wade, and Meredith Tamminga. 2022. Individual differences in simultaneous perceptual compensation for coarticulatory and lexical cues. Linguistics Vanguard. PDF

2021

Lacey Wade, Wei Lai, and Meredith Tamminga. 2021. The reliability of individual differences in VOT imitation. Language and Speech 64, 3. PDF

2020

Meredith Tamminga, Robert Wilder, Wei Lai, and Lacey Wade. 2020. Perceptual learning, talker specificity, and sound change. Papers in Historical Phonology 4, 90. PDF

Lacey Wade. 2020. The Linguistic and the Social Intertwined: Linguistic Convergence toward Southern Speech. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Pennsylvania. PDF

Lacey Wade & Gareth Roberts. 2020. Linguistic convergence to observed vs. expected behavior in an alien-language map task. Cognitive Science, 44(4), e12829. PDF | Data

2017

Lacey Wade. 2017. The role of duration in the perception of vowel merger. Laboratory Phonology, 8(1), 30. PDF

2015

Lacey Wade. 2015. Multiple mergers: Production and perception of three pre-/l/ mergers in Youngstown, Ohio. PWPL Volume 21.2, Article 2. PDF

Talks

2023

PLC 47 talk: "Novel and changing social evaluations of all-lowercase and exclamation points." With Lena Abirou, Alexandra Kerrigan & Jay Michell. Slides

LSA poster: "Particle verbs prime double object constructions." With Bill Haddican, Marcel den Dikken, and Meredith Tamminga. Denver, CO.

2022

NWAV 50 project-launch talk: "Growing experience and changing sociolinguistic knowledge." Stanford University.

2021

NWAV 49 talk: "A hierarchical clustering approach to continuing and reversing sound changes" with Meredith Tamminga. University of Texas at Austin

NWAV 49 talk: "The role of dialect background in expectation-driven shifts in perception and production." University of Texas at Austin

2020

LSA talk: "Speakers converge toward variants they haven't heard: The case of southern monophthongal /ay/." New Orleans, LA. Slides

2019

NWAV 48 talk: "Accommodation to observed vs. expected behavior in a laboratory experiment" with Gareth Roberts. Eugene, OR. Slides

NWAV 48 talk: "The search for predictors of individual differences in VOT imitation" with Meredith Tamminga and Wei Lai. Eugene, OR.

Meaning in Flux talk: "Accommodation to observed vs. expected behavior in an alien language" with Gareth Roberts. Yale University.

2018

LSA talk: "Stability and variability in phonetic flexibility," with Meredith Tamminga and Wei Lai. Salt Lake City, UT.

2017

NWAV 46 talk: "Do speakers converge toward variants they haven't heard?" Madison, WI.

2016

NWAV 45 talk: "Phonetic vs. contextual cues in communication between merged and unmerged speakers." Vancouver, BC. Slides

SVALP poster: "The role of duration in perception of vowel merger." Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

2015

NWAV 44 talk: "The role of duration in perception of vowel merger." Toronto, ON.

ASA poster: "Production and perception among three competing pre-/I/ mergers." Pittsburgh, PA.

2014

NWAV 43 talk: "Multiple Mergers: Production and perception of three pre-/l/ mergers in Youngstown, Ohio." Chicago, IL.

SECOL 81 talk: "Production and perception of the pre-lateral, non-low, back vowel merger in Youngstown, Ohio." Myrtle Beach, SC.

UNC Chapel Hill Colloquium talk: "Production and perception of the pre-lateral, non-low, back vowel merger in Youngstown, Ohio."

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