Sociolinguistics is the subfield of linguistics that investigates the interrelationships between language and society. Lab members come from various departments on UW campus, whose research touches on various aspects of this theme, including: Linguistics, English, Anthropology, Communications, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Women's Studies. Most members conduct fieldwork, either locally or at sites around the world.

Our Sociolinguistics Lab holds regularly-scheduled meetings and typically meets around lunchtime every-other-week throughout the academic year to read and discuss articles, explore issues of current interest in sociolinguistic theory, learn about best practices in experimental procedures, discuss member research, practice conference presentations, and provide mutual support in our work.