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Sociophonetics workshop

Date: 14 May 2019

Sociophonetics is a growing field that focuses on the intersection of sociolinguistics and phonetics. It addresses questions concerning phonetic variation as a function of social categories, such as sex, age, socio-economic class, and ethnicity, as well as listener processing of this sociophonetic variability.

In order to probe some of these issues, and broader questions arising from them, we are welcoming a team of experts on sociophonetics to ANU to talk about their latest research, and engage in a dialog about key questions in the field.

The workshop will take the form of four talks, held over four days, 9.30-11.30am (including a one-hour talk, 30-minute break, 30 minutes questions / discussion):

16 July: Jen Hay (University of Canterbury): 'What does it mean to know a word?'

17 July: Paul Foulkes (University of York) and Gerry Docherty (Griffith University): 'It all comes out in the wash? Striking a balance in the analysis of speech corpora'

18 July: James Walker (La Trobe University): 'Vowel Devoicing in São Paulo Portuguese'

19 July: Katie Drager (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa): 'Sociolinguistic Variation and Social Meaning in Hawaiʻi'

The event is open to all, but registration is essential. Please register here before Monday 24 June. If you have any questions please email Ksenia at

This event is organised by Ksenia Gnevsheva, James Grama and Catherine Travis, and sponsored by the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts, CASS, ANU; and Sydney Speaks (ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language). 

(Main image: Vowel space of a sub-sample of the Sydney Speaks corpus.)

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University