How can we predict the future of Australian English? Interview with Professor Catherine Travis
Can we predict how Australian English will change over the next generation? If you're part of the Sydney Speaks Project, the answer is a confident maybe. Bringing together researchers from the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, the Sydney Speaks Project is studying the changes to Australian English over the past 100 years and using their data to develop tools that challenge linguistic stereotypes and discrimination. By developing an understanding of how Australian English has changed in the past, and of the social variation that exists today in Sydney as a major urban centre, we may be able to make some predictions about how Australian English will change over the next generation.
The Australian Studies Institute talks to project lead, Professor Catherine Travis (ANU), to discuss the latest developments and how you can add your stories to the project.