Catherine Travis and Katrina Hayes: "Sydney Speaks Project", 26 November 2015
When: 4:30pm-6pm, 26 November 2015
Where: Engma Room, Coombs, ANU
The Sydney Speaks project seeks to document and explore Australian English as spoken in Sydney, considering both contemporary language use and change over time, and taking into account the increasing ethnic and linguistic diversity Sydney has experienced over the past 40 years. This will be done through comparisons of spontaneous speech recorded in the 1970s (based on the Sydney Social Dialect Survey collected by Barbara Horvath) and a comparable contemporary corpus that is currently being collected. In this presentation we introduce the project, and situate it against the background of Sydney’s changing demographics from the 1970s to today.