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Barbara Horvath (Sydney University): "Sydney Social Dialect Survey", 26 November 2015

Australian National University, Evolution

Date: 26 November 2015

When: 4:30-6pm, 26 November 2015

Where: Engma Room, Coombs, ANU 2015

In the middle of the 1970s, I arrived at the newly established linguistics department at Sydney University, consisting of just Michael Halliday and me. I set about doing a study of Australian English fresh from the US and armed with all the trappings of a sparkling new paradigm. I proposed to do a study of Sydney English modelled on Labov's study of New York City. Reflecting on that study from the distance of some 40 years is instructive. I will share some tales of data collection and analysis so that people using my collection of Sydney interviews might get a feel for the situational characteristics of the processes involved. But most important to me, at least, is sharing some of the questions I did not investigate that I hope others will pursue.


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