• Ph.D., Linguistics, Michigan State University, 2006
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Areas of Interest

Sociophonetics, sound change in varieties of North American English, dialect contact, ethnic identity and language use, production/perception interface, statistics in sociolinguistic research

Current Research:

  • Quantitative and theoretical analysis of systemic vowel change in Canada
  • Sociophonetic investigation of dialect contact as a catalyst for accent change in urban south central North Carolina

Selected Publications and Presentations

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Roeder, Rebecca. 2014. “The Canadian Shift in Non-Urban Southeastern Ontario: Transmission or Diffusion?” Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 20, 060012. Available at: http://scitation.aip.org/content/asa/journal/poma/14/1/10.1121/1.4866376
  • Roeder, Rebecca and Matt Hunt Gardner. 2013. “The Phonology of the Canadian Shift Revisited: Thunder Bay and Cape Breton,” University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 19: Iss. 2, Article 18. Available at: http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol19/iss2/18
  • Roeder, Rebecca. 2012. “The Canadian Shift in Two Ontario Cities.” Special Issue of World Englishes: Autonomy and Homogeneity in Canadian English 31,4: 478-492. Guest editors Stefan Dollinger and Sandra Clarke.
  • Roeder, Rebecca. 2012. “Definite Article Reduction and the Obligatory Contour Principle in York English.” Transactions of the Philological Society 110,2: 225-240.
  • Roeder, Rebecca and Lidia-Gabriela Jarmasz. 2010. “The Canadian Shift in Toronto.” Revue canadienne de linguistique/Canadian Journal of Linguistics 55,3: 387-404.
  • Roeder, Rebecca. 2010. “Northern Cities Mexican American English: Vowel Production and Perception.” Special Issue of American Speech: Accommodation to the Locally Dominant Norm 85,2: 163-184. Guest editors Malcah Yaeger-Dror and Thomas Purnell.
  • Tagliamonte, Sali and Rebecca Roeder. 2009. “Variation in the English Definite Article: Socio-Historical Linguistics in t’Speech Community.” Journal of Sociolinguistics 13,4: 435-471.
  • Preston, Dennis, Jaclyn Ocumpaugh and Rebecca Roeder. 2009. “L1 and L2 accents: Where the Action Is.” Lengua y migración/Language and Migration 2,1: 5-20.

Book chapters

  • Roeder, Rebecca. 2010. “Effects of consonantal context on the pronunciation of /æ/ in the English of speakers of Mexican heritage from south central Michigan.” In A Reader in Sociophonetics,  Nancy Niedzielski and Dennis R. Preston (eds). Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004. “Language in the Mid-Atlantic region.” In Encyclopedia Series American Regional Cultures, Robert Marzec (ed.). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 255-284.

Recent Papers Presented at National/International Conferences

  • 2014. With Matt Hunt Gardner. “A Tale of Two Phonologies: English in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.” Southeastern Conference on Linguistics 81, Myrtle Beach, SC, March 27-29.
  •  2013. With Matt Hunt Gardner. “Phonetics as a Complement to Phonology in the Canadian Shift.” Poster presentation. 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, CA, December 2-6.
  • 2012. With Matt Hunt Gardner. “The Phonology of the Canadian Shift: Thunder Bay and Industrial Cape Breton.” New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41, Indiana University, Bloomington, October 25-28.
  • 2012. “Active Homogeneity: The Canadian Shift in Ontario.” Poster presentation. Sociolinguistics Symposium 19, Freie Universität, Berlin, August 21-24.
  • 2011. “The Canadian Shift in Ontario: Transmission and Diffusion.” Poster presentation. 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, CA, October 31-November 4.
  • 2011. “Geolinguistic Diffusion of the Canadian Shift near Toronto?” New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., October 27-30.
  • 2010. “The Phonetics-Phonology Interface in the Canadian Shift.” New Ways of Analyzing Variation 39, San Antonio, TX, November 4-6.
  • 2010. “Diffusion and dispersion in the Canadian Shift.” Change and Variation in Canada IV, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 19-20.
  • 2009. “Northern Cities Chicano English: Evidence from Vowel Production and Perception.” Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis, MO, November 12-15.
  • 2008. “Definite Article Reduction and the Obligatory Contour Principle.” 13th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, University of Leeds, England, August 4-8.
  • 2008. “Shifts and Splits: The Canadian Shift as a Catalyst for Phonemic Change.” Change and Variation in Canada II, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 21-22.
  • 2008. “Definite article reduction: Phonological conditioning of a zero form.” Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, IL, January 3-6.

Courses taught

  • LBST 2101 Language in the USA
  • ENGL 3132 Introduction to Contemporary American English
  • ENGL 4161/5161 Modern English Grammar
  • ENGL 4260 History of Global Englishes
  • ENGL 4262 Language and Diversity
  • ENGL 6161 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENGL 6164 Comparative Language Analysis for Teachers

Professional faculty appointments

  • 2009-present Assistant Professor—UNC Charlotte (English)
  • 2008-2009 Visiting Assistant Professor—UNC Charlotte (English)
  • 2006-2008 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow—University of Toronto (Linguistics)
  • Fall 2004 Visiting Lecturer—University of Wisconsin, Madison (English)


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