Jennifer Nycz

Principle Investigator

Dr. Jennifer Nycz is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the linguistic and social factors affecting accent variation, and what this variation can tell us about how words and their sounds are represented in the mind.  See for more information on her research, publications, and teaching.


Susan Cohen

Research Assistant / Fieldwork

Susan Cohen is a freelance writer based in New York. She has extensive feature and interview experience, which includes having interviewed over 85 New Yorkers from all walks of life. Susan has an M.A. in Forensic Linguistics from Hofstra University.



Emilie LeBlanc

Research Assistant / Fieldwork

Emilie LeBlanc is a Ph.D. student at York University in Toronto, ON. Her research interests include language variation and change, Canadian French and English, grammatical variation and code-switching. She has extensive experience conducting sociolinguistic interviews after the completion of a 64 person corpus of Acadian French. 


Nicole Hildebrand-Edgar

Research Assistant / Fieldwork

Nicole Hildebrand-Edgar is a Ph.D. student at York University in Toronto. Her research interests include sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, language and identity, language ideologies, and language and social equality.


Yoojin Kang

Research Assistant

Yoojin Kang is a Ph.D. student in Sociolinguistics at Georgetown University and an associate researcher in the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Korean Language and Culture Center. Her own work has focused on dialect change in native speakers of Seoul Standard Korean who have moved to Gyeongsang Province, and she has also carried out fieldwork on the South Korean Island of Jeju.

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Katharina Pabst

Research Assistant

Katharina Pabst is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at The University of Toronto. Her research interests include language variation and change over the lifespan, stylistic variation, dialectology, and sociolinguistic language documentation.



Cory Richardson

Research Assistant

Cory Richardson is an undergraduate student in Linguistics and Marketing at Georgetown University. Her research interests include brand linguistics, language policy, and social media discourse.