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Catherine Travis Project Leader

Catherine Travis

  • Title: Project Leader
  • Institution: Australian National University

Catherine Travis' research addresses questions related to linguistic and social factors impacting on language variation and change, in particular in socially diverse communities. As well as the Sydney Speaks project, she also works on language contact in a long-standing Spanish-English bilingual community in northern New Mexico, USA (New Mexico Spanish-English Bilingual project). A book arising from this project, Bilingualism in the Community was published by CUP in 2018 (co-authored with Rena Torres Cacoullos; reprinted in 2020 in paperback). Catherine is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. She has a BA/Asian Studies (Hons) degree from the ANU (1992), and a PhD in Linguistics and Spanish from La Trobe University (2002). She worked at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque for 10 years, before coming to the ANU in 2012.

Recent Publications

  1. Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching

    Bibliography

    Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Catherine Travis. August, 2016. "Two languages, one effect: Structural priming in code-switching." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 19 (4): 733-753. doi: 10.1017/S1366728914000406.

  2. Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Rena Torres Cacoullos. August, 2015. "Gauging convergence on the ground: code-switching in the community." International Journal of Bilingualism (Guest editors - Special Issue). 19 (4): 365-480. doi: 10.1177/1367006913516042.

  3. Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2021. "Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs". In Studies in Language Variation (Papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), 292-314. Amsterdam.

  4. Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. "Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 40 (3): 346-368. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1823818.

  5. Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, James Grama, Simon Gonzalez, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 25 (2): 1-10.

Simon Gonzalez Project Affiliate

Simon Gonzalez

  • Title: Project Affiliate
  • Institution: Australian National University

Simón was a post-doctoral fellow on the Sydney Speaks project from 2017-2019, and he is currently working on the Ku Waru Child Language Socialisation Project as a research officer. His research focuses on acoustic phonetics, empowered by computational tools. He completed his PhD in Australian English Phonology at the University of Newcastle, Australia (2015), and then worked as a Research Assistant at Griffith University on an ARC-funded project on phonological variation and change in West Australian English (led by Gerry Docherty, 2014-2016). Simón’s expertise is in developing computational tools (scripts and online apps) for more efficient and practical analysis/visualisation of phonetic and phonological phenomena.

Recent Publications

  1. Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2021. "Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs". In Studies in Language Variation (Papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), 292-314. Amsterdam.

  2. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/)

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/).

  3. Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research

    Bibliography

    Simon Gonzalez, James Grama, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research." Linguistics Vanguard. 6 (1) doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2019-0058.

  4. Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. "Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 40 (3): 346-368. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1823818.

  5. Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, James Grama, Simon Gonzalez, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 25 (2): 1-10.

James Grama Project Affiliate

James Grama

  • Title: Project Affiliate
  • Institution: Australian National University

James was a post-doctoral fellow on the Sydney Speaks project from 2017-2019, and he is currently a Research Fellow in the Sociolinguistics Lab at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He completed his PhD at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2015) where he focused largely on vocalic variation in English and English-based varieties. His work on California English, Hawaiʻi English, and Hawaiʻi Creole has investigated the ways in which phonetic variation is correlated with social factors and sound change over time. In his research, he uses quantitative acoustic measures along with rigorous statistical models to describe how changes in linguistic varieties have taken shape, especially in heterogeneous communities.

Recent Publications

  1. Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2021. "Ethnic variation in real time: Change in Australian English diphthongs". In Studies in Language Variation (Papers from the Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), 292-314. Amsterdam.

  2. Australian English over time: Using sociolinguistic analysis to inform dialect coaching

    Bibliography

    Benjamin Purser, James Grama, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Australian English over time: Using sociolinguistic analysis to inform dialect coaching." Voice and Speech Review. 14 (3): 269-291. doi: 10.1080/23268263.2020.1750791.

  3. Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research

    Bibliography

    Simon Gonzalez, James Grama, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Comparing the performance of forced aligners used in sociophonetic research." Linguistics Vanguard. 6 (1) doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2019-0058.

  4. Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English

    Bibliography

    James Grama, Catherine Travis, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. "Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time: Word-final (er) in Australian English." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 40 (3): 346-368. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1823818.

  5. Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language

    Bibliography

    Danielle Barth, James Grama, Simon Gonzalez, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Using forced alignment for sociophonetic research on a minority language." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 25 (2): 1-10.

Cale Johnstone Project Manager

Cale Johnstone

  • Title: Project Manager
  • Institution: Australian National University

Cale Johnstone is Project Manager for the Sydney Speaks project. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the Australian National University (2016). After working full time on Sydney Speaks throughout 2017, Cale is moving to Mexico where she will continue to contribute to the corpus development of the project by distance. Previously, she gained experience working in a non-governmental organisation in Mexico providing support to infants and single parents in the community. In this position she managed a team of local and international staff and volunteers with diverse linguistic needs. She has a TEFL qualification and has taught English and Spanish at all levels. She is excited to be part of the Sydney Speaks team.

Recent Publications

  1. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/)

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone, and Simon Gonzalez. 2020. Australia Speaks 2020 App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/australia-speaks-2020/).

  2. Sydney Speaks App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/sydney-speaks-online-app/)

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, Cale Johnstone, and James Grama. 2017. "Sydney Speaks App (http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/sydney-speaks/sydney-speaks-apps/sydney-speaks-online-app/)." 'This is a Voice' exhibition.

Benjamin Purser Research Associate

Benjamin Purser

  • Title: Research Associate
  • Institution: Australian National University

Benjamin graduated from the Australian National University in 2014 with a PhB in Linguistics, receiving First Class Honours and the University Medal. He was Lead RA on Sydney Speaks from 2014-2019 (with one year off in that time, while working in Tokyo, Japan). As Lead RA, Benjamin has worked in many capacities across both the 1970s and contemporary corpora, and has helped develop research methodologies. He has conducted investigations into methodologies for determining social class in these diverse, longitudinal data (Purser, Travis, Grama; ALS presentation, 2019), and on the use of the data for dialect coaching of Australian English over time (Purser, Grama, Travis, Voice and Speech Review, To Appear 2020). Based in Sydney, Benjamin continues to assist with Sydney Speaks, dividing his time between the project, his role as Senior Research Officer and tutor at Macquarie University, and his business as a dialect and voice coach in the performing arts industry.

Recent Publications

  1. Australian English over time: Using sociolinguistic analysis to inform dialect coaching

    Bibliography

    Benjamin Purser, James Grama, and Catherine Travis. 2020. "Australian English over time: Using sociolinguistic analysis to inform dialect coaching." Voice and Speech Review. 14 (3): 269-291. doi: 10.1080/23268263.2020.1750791.

Ksenia Gnevsheva Project Affiliate

Ksenia Gnevsheva

My research interests lie at the intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition and have largely been shaped by my training in theoretical and applied linguistics. The two main strands of my research program focus on language variation and change as applied to bilingual speakers: sociophonetic variation in the speech of bilinguals and factors affecting variation in perception of foreign-accented speech. I finished my PhD at the University of Canterbury and worked in research and development in the industry before starting my current position as a Lecturer in Linguistics at Australian National University.

Recent Publications

  1. Australian English Bilingual Corpus: Automatic forced-alignment accuracy in Russian and English

    Bibliography

    Ksenia Gnevsheva, Simon Gonzalez, and Robert Fromont. 2020. "Australian English Bilingual Corpus: Automatic forced-alignment accuracy in Russian and English." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 40 (2): 182-193. doi: 10.1080/07268602.2020.1737507.

Barbara Horvath Project Advisor

Barbara Horvath

  • Title: Project Advisor
  • Institution: University of Sydney

Barbara's research interests have centred on empirical and quantitative studies of English speech communities, particularly those that include ethnic varieties of English resulting from in-migration or which were originally bilingual speech communities. Before joining the University of Sydney Linguistics Department in the mid-70s, she studied Mexican children in Los Angeles and African-American, Anglo and Mexican children in Lansing, Michigan. The Sydney speech community provided the opportunity to study the impact of recent widespread migration (Italians and Greeks) on Australian English, building on the work of A. G. Mitchell, Arthur Delbridge and John Bernard. After retiring from Sydney University, she collaborated with Sylvie Dubois from Louisiana State University for ten years on the study of Cajun English. Most recently, with Ronald Horvath, she analysed a language change in progress in nine cities - five in Australia, three in New Zealand, and one in England (London) with the aim of integrating sociolinguistics and dialect geography. Barbara received an MA from Michigan State University and a PhD from Georgetown University.

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