My Research

On the set of “Watch Your Language” with Zach Sherwin and Nicole Holliday, 2016

In one of my major research areas, I am working to build methodological and theoretical bridges between sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, conducting experiments to better understand the role of language variation and social information in language processing. This work examines how speakers manage variable grammatical patterns upon encountering them, the social information they extract or infer from those patterns, and the effects of social stereotypes or presumptions on the processing of language.

Some of my other research addresses language use in contemporary media contexts, including the internet and mass media. I want to know how humans adapt language to the affordances of varying media, how media platforms serve as social mechanisms of language change, and how ideologies about language and technology intersect in people’s perceptions of linguistic difference.

I am generally interested in questions of linguistic prejudice and linguistic justice, which are reflected in various ways by my above-stated research interests, and by my teaching. On this topic, I have a new project (in collaboration with Nicole Holliday) investigating Black students’ experiences around language at Predominantly White Institutions (like Ohio State).

LSA Meeting 2013, Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research panel, with John Rickford, Katie Carmichael, Anna Babel, Kevin McGowan, and Jen Nycz

Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing, 2016









Grammatical variation and language processing

Squires, Lauren. 2018. Genre and linguistic expectation shift: Evidence from pop song lyrics. Language in Society. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2016. Processing grammatical differences: Perceiving v. noticing. In Anna Babel (Ed.), Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research, 80-103. Cambridge University Press.

Squires, Lauren. 2014. Social differences in the processing of grammatical variation. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 20(2) (Selected Papers from NWAV42). [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2014. Knowledge, processing, evaluation: Testing the perception of English subject-verb agreement variation. Journal of English Linguistics 42(2): 144-172. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2014. Talker specificity and the perception of grammatical variation. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (formerly Language and Cognitive Processes) 29(7): 856-876. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2013. It don’t go both ways: Limited bidirectionality in sociolinguistic perception. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17(2): 200-237. [link]


Language and digital media / mass media

Squires, Lauren (Ed.). 2016. English in Computer-Mediated Communication: Variation, Representation, and Change. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Squires, Lauren. 2016. Introduction: Variation, representation, and change in English in CMC. In Lauren Squires (Ed.), English in Computer-Mediated Communication: Variation, Representation, and Change, 1-14. De Gruyter.

Squires, Lauren. 2016. Stylistic uniformity and variation online and on-screen: A case study of The Real Housewives. In Lauren Squires (Ed.), English in Computer-Mediated Communication: Variation, Representation, and Change, 213-240. De Gruyter.

Squires, Lauren. 2016. Computer-mediated communication and the English writing system. In Vivian Cook and Des Ryan (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System, 471-486. Routledge.

Squires, Lauren. 2016. Twitter: Design, discourse, and the implications of public text. In Tereza Spilioti & Alexandra Georgakapoulou (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication, 239-255. Routledge. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2014. Class and productive avoidance in The Real Housewives reunions. Discourse, Context, & Media 6: 33-44. [link]

Squires, Lauren & Josh Iorio. 2014. Tweets in the news: Legitimizing medium, standardizing form. In Jannis Androutsopoulos (ed.), Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change, 331-360. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2014. From TV personality to fans and beyond: Indexical bleaching and the diffusion of a media innovation. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(1): 42-62. [link]

Squires, Lauren. 2012. Whos punctuating what? Sociolinguistic variation in instant messaging. In Alexandra Jaffe, Jannis Androutsopoulos, Mark Sebba, & Sally Johnson (Eds.), Orthography as Social Action: Scripts, Spelling, Identity and Power, 289-324. Mouton de Gruyter (Language and Social Processes).

Squires, Lauren. 2011. Voicing “sexy text”: Heteroglossia and erasure in TV news broadcast representations of Detroit’s text message scandal. In Crispin Thurlow & Kristine Mozcrek (Eds.),Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, 3-25. Oxford University Press (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics). [pdf]

Squires, Lauren. 2010. Enregistering internet language. Language in Society 39(4): 457-492. [link]

Baron, Naomi, Lauren Squires, Sara Tench, & Marshall Thompson. 2005. Tethered or mobile? Use of away messages in instant messaging by American college students. In Rich Ling & Per Pedersen (Eds.), Mobile Communications: Re-negotiation of the Social Sphere, 293-311. London: Springer. [pdf]

Squires, Lauren. 2004. College students in multimedia relationships: Choosing, using, and fusing communication technologies. American University TESOL Working Papers 2. [pdf]


Pedagogy and the profession

Squires, Lauren. 2017. Mini-experiments for teaching across the English linguistics syllabus. American Speech 92(2): 231-252.

Queen, Robin and Lauren Squires. 2011. Writing a Dissertation (In the Profession column). Journal of English Linguistics.(Invited) [link]

Squires, Lauren and Robin Queen. 2011. Media clips collection: Creation and application for the linguistics classroom. American Speech 86(2): 220-234. [link]


Book reviews

Squires, Lauren. Forthcoming. Review of Discourse-pragmatic variation in context: 800 years of LIKE, by Alexandra D’Arcy. English Language & Linguistics.