Katie Carmichael

Katie Carmichael

Katie Carmichael

Assistant Professor


407 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-7712


Department Membership



  • Language variation and change; language and place; language ideologies
  • New Orleans English
  • Louisiana French
  • Sociolinguistic variation
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Language varieties in the Southern U.S.
  • Post-Katrina Greater New Orleans
  • Acadiana

Professional Activities

  • Book Review editor, American Speech
  • Co-Director, Virginia Tech Speech Lab
  • Co-Director, VTLx (Linguistics network at Virginia Tech)
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • American Dialect Society
  • Society for Linguistic Anthropology


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, Linguistics, 2014
  • M.A. Tulane University, Linguistics, 2008
  • B.A. Tulane University, Liguistics and French, 2007

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    • Carmichael, Katie & Aarnes Gudmestad. (2019). Language death and subject expression: First-person singular subjects in a declining dialect of Louisiana French. Journal of French Language Studies 29(1): 67-91.
    • Carmichael, Katie & Kara Becker. (2018). The New York City–New Orleans connection: Evidence from constraint ranking comparison. Language Variation and Change 30(3): 287-314.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2018). “Since when does the Midwest have an accent?”: The role of regional accent and reported speaker origin in speaker evaluations. English World-Wide 39(2): 127-156.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2018). Cajuns as Southe(r)ne(r)s: An examination of variable r-lessness in Cajun English. In Jeffrey Reaser, Eric Wilbanks, Karissa Wojcik, and Walt Wolfram (eds), Language Variety in the New South: Change and Variation. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC. 135-152.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2017). Displacement and variation: The case of r-lessness in Greater New Orleans. Journal of Sociolinguistics 21(5): 696-719. 
    • Carmichael, Katie and Nathalie Dajko. (2016). Ain’t dere no more: New Orleans language and local nostalgia in Vic & Nat’ly Comics. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 26(3): 1-24.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2016). Place-linked Expectations and Listener Awareness of Regional Accents. In Anna Babel (ed), Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. 152-176.
    • Dajko, Nathalie & Katie Carmichael. (2014). But qui c’est la différence?  Discourse Markers in Louisiana French: The case of "but" vs. "mais." Language in Society 43: 159-183.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2013). The performance of Cajun English in Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes. American Speech 88(4): 377-412.
    • Wanjema, Shontael, Katie Carmichael, Abby Walker, & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler. (2013). Integrating teaching and large-scale research through instructional modules. American Speech. 88(2): 223-235.


    National Science Foundation Collaborative Research Grant (with Nathalie Dajko, Tulane University): "Sociolinguistic variation in post-Katrina New Orleans" BCS-1749217, BCS-1749257 ($246,077)