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Scholarly Interest Report
Nancy Niedzielski
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Linguistics
  • B. S. Eastern Michigan University
  • M. A. Eastern Michigan University
  • Ph. D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Primary Department
   Department of Linguistics
Department Affiliations
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
    Research Areas
     sociolinguistics, speech perception, acoustic phonetics, dialectology, language and gender, linguistics and clinical speech therapy,speech technology, AAVE
    HUES (Houston Urban English Study)
     This is an on-going project researching the complex and rich dialectal variation in Houston Texas
     This program of research seeks to identify the ways in which Houstonians divide themselves into various social groupings, based in linguistic varieties. We have examined the language landscape to date by looking at region, gender, ethnicity, and age. Houston's a great city for this, because of its size, diversity, and dialect location, spanning as it does the Southern and Western regions of the US.
    Selected Publications


    Preston, Dennis and nancy Noedzielski.  2009.   Folk linguistics.  In Coupland, Nikolas and Adam Jaworski, eds.  The new sociolinguistics reader.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan

     2005. Subjective and objective measures of variation. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Oxford: Elsevier
     2003. The globalization of vernacular variation. Journal of sociolinguistics 7:4. With Miriam Meyerhoff

    Niedizelski, Nancy.  Under contract. Speech perception and sociolingusitcs. Mahwah, NJ: Taylor and Francis.



    Preston, Dennis and Nancy Niedziellski.  2010.  Sociophonetics: A reader.  Berlin: de Gruyter. 


    Niedzielski, Nancy A. and Dennis R. Preston "Folk Linguistics." : 375.

     Book chapters

    Niedzielski, Nancy and Dennis Preston.  Submitted. Folk pragmatics. A. Barron, P. Grundy, & G. Yuego (eds) Pragmatics handbook. London: Routledge.


    Submitted. What we don’t know we know. A. Prikhodkine & D. R. Preston (eds). Language attitudes:Variation, processes, and outcomes. For John Benjamins, Amsterdam


    Preston, Dennis and Nancy Niedzielski.  2013.  Consciousness and subconsciousness in the world of language regard. InT. Kristiansen & S.  Grondelaers (eds). Language (de)standardisation in Late Modern Europe: Experimental Studies. Oslo: Novus Forlag. 287-306.


    Niedzielski, Nancy.  2010            Linguistic security, ideology, and vowel perception.  In Preston, D. R.  and N. Niedzielski. Sociophonetics: A reader.  Berlin: de Gruyter



    Niedzielski, Nancy.  2010.  Speech sciences from a sociolinguistic perspective. Language Allegiances: Linguistic, cultural, educational and legal aspects. New York: Blackwell.


    Niedzielski, Nancy.  2010            Linguistic security, ideology, and vowel perception.  In Preston, D. R.  and N. Niedzielski. Sociophonetics: A reader.  Berlin: de Gruyter

     2005. Sociolinguistics and speech technology. In Rozak, Rogayah (ed.) Papers from the International symposim on speech sciences. Kuala Lumpur: UKM Publishing.

    Niedzielski, N. "Language Attitudes." State Profiles: Michigan (2002)


    Nancy Niedzielski "Attitudes towards Midwestern English." Handbook of perceptual dialectology (2001)


    Nancy Niedzielski "Chipping away at the production/perception interface." NEWER ways of Analyzing Variation (2001)


    R. Kuhn, J-C Junqua, P. Nguyen, N. Niedzielski "Rapid Speaker Adaptation in Eigenvoice Space." IEEE transactions on Speech and Audio Processing, 8:6 (Nov. 2000) : 695-707.


    Dennis Preston and Nancy Niedzielski "Family Values."  (1997) : 131-160.


    Hector Javkin, Nancy Niedzielski, and Michael Galler "Enhancement of esophogeal speech by injection of noise reduction." ICAASP Annual Journal of SPeech Technology (1997)


    Howard Giles and Nancy Niedzielski "Italian is Beautiful; German is Ugly."  (1999) : 85-93.


    Miriam Meyerhoff and Nancy Niedzielski "Resistance to creolozation: an intergroup and interpersonal account of the processes involved." Language and Communication, 14:4 (1994) : 313-330.


    Miriam Meyerhoff and Nancy Niedzielski "The syntax and semantics of olsem in Bislama.." 


    Nancy A. Niedzielski "The effect of social information on the perception of sociolinguistic variables." Journal of Social Psychology (Special Edition), 18:1 (March 1999) : 62-85.


    Nancy Niedzielski "Acoustic analysis and language attitudes in Detroit and Windsor." Penn Working papers in Linguistics, 3:1 (1996) : 73-86.


    Nancy Niedzielski and Howard Giles "Linguistic Accommodation."  (1995)


    Roland Kuhn, Patrick Nguyen, Jean-Claude Junqua, Nancy Niedzielski,Steven Fincke, Ken Field, Matteo Contolini "Eigenvoices for speaker adaptation." ICSLP, 5 (1998) : 1771-1775.

     Conference Committee Member

    "NWAV 37." Houston TX. (Nov. 6-9, 2008)

     Invited Papers

    "Implicational variables in intra-variety style:  Ethnicity  vs. Gender

     NWAV 41, Bloomington, IND." (October 28,2012)


    "Phonetics." Plenary symposium on Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Theory, Chicago. (January, 2008) With Keith Johnson

     Invited Talks

    Chinese American English vowel variants: evidence for an emerging Anglo identity?  NWAV 42, Pittsburgh, PA


    What we don’t know we know.  International Congress of Linguistic Science, Geneva, Switzerland


    Attitudes and awareness we’re unaware of

    June 20, 2012, Variation of Language attitudes, Lausanne, Switzerland


    Implicational Scaling of AAE vowel variation, NWAV 40, Georgetown, Washington D.C


    "Perception’s effect on production: An argument for embracing the complexities ." University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland. (April 2008)

     Keynote Speaker


      Dialect Perception: Where Perception and Production Meet

     Experimental applications in Sociolinguistics, Groningen, The Netherlands



    Perceptual experiments and phonetic variation: Finding out what speakers don’t know they know and vice versa

    Polish Linguistics Meeting, Poznan, Poland


    "Morphing precepts: how variation in one domain gets perceptually co-opted for another." Neue Wege der Dialektologie, Kiel Germany. (May 2008)


    "The perception of phonological variation: some issues of perceptual dialectology." Colloque International ‘Phonologie du français contemporain, Louvain, Belgium. (July, 2006)


    "At the perception/production interface." Functional Approaches to Grammar, Santa Barbara, CA. (July 13-15, 2001)


    "Folk Linguistics." Iowa State University Department of Anthropology, Des Moines, IA. (Mar.22-24, 2001)


    "Plenary Address: "At the perception/production interface"." New Ways of Analyzing Variation, Raleigh, NC. (Oct. 14-16)


    "Automated Recognition and Synthesis of Speech: problems and solutions." Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States, Houston. (July, 2000)


    "Chipping Away at the perception/production interface." New Ways of Analyzing Variation, East Lansing, Michigan. (October 6, 1999)


    "Has English Changed in the last 100 years?." Rice Historical Society, Fodren Library. (October 22, 2000)


    "Social information amd phonetic perception." Texas A & M University Department of English, Texas A & M. (February, 2000)


    "Speech perception and speech synthesis." Lingistics Society of America, Los Angeles, CA. (January 3-6, 1999)

    Editorial Positions
     Other, Journal of Sociolinguistics. (2000 - 2000)

     Other, Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Sage. (2000 - 2000)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Elizabeth Brunner, Ph. D. Imitation, Awareness, and Folk Linguistic Artifacts. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Christian Koops, Ph. D. Sociophonetic Knowledge in Speech Perception. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Andrew Pantos, Ph. D. Measuring Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Foreign-Accented Speech. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Christoher Taylor, Ph. D. Power to Represent: The Spatialized Politics of Style in Houston . (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Michael Colley, Ph. D. Dipthongization in Brazilian Portuguese. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Viktoria Papp, Ph. D. The Female to Male Transgender Voice: Physiology vs. Performance in Production. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ann Marie Olivo, Ph. D. Strong Island Sound: Ethnicity and Language in Long Island, NY. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     John Joseph Galindo, Masters The Effect of Linguistic Experience on the Perception of Pitch Contour. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Katherine Ann Nelson, Ph. D. A phonetic inventory of Nez Perce. (2013) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Member, Committee on Social and Political Issues in Linguistics, Linguistics Society of America (2002-2005)