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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. 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. Alternating or mixing languages

    Bibliography

    Travis, Catherine, and Torres Cacoullos, Rena. 2021. "Alternating or mixing languages". In English and Spanish: World languages in Interaction, 287-311. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  3. Categories and frequency: Cognition verbs in Spanish subject expression

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Rena Torres Cacoullos. 2021. "Categories and frequency: Cognition verbs in Spanish subject expression." Languages. 6 (3): 126. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6030126.

  4. Gender, mobility and contact: Stability and change in an Acehnese dialect

    Bibliography

    Catherine Travis, and Inas Ghina. 2021. "Gender, mobility and contact: Stability and change in an Acehnese dialect." Asia-Pacific Language Variation. 7 (2): 142-167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1075/aplv.20007.tra.

  5. 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.

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. 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 research focuses on acoustic phonetics, empowered by computational tools, and he has particular expertise in developing computational tools for maximally efficient and practical analysis/visualisation of phonetic and phonological phenomena.

Recent Publications

  1. Gridlines approach for dynamic analysis in speech ultrasound data: A multimodal app

    Bibliography

    Simon Gonzalez. 2021. "Gridlines approach for dynamic analysis in speech ultrasound data: A multimodal app." Laboratory Phonology. 22 (1): 1-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/labphon.6463.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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/).

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, following which he became 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. Managing Legacy Data in a Sociophonetic Study of Vowel Variation and Change

    Bibliography

    Grama, James. 2022. "Managing Legacy Data in a Sociophonetic Study of Vowel Variation and Change". In The Open Handbook in Linguistic Data, MIT Press.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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 moved to Mexico where she continues to contribute to the corpus development of the project by distance. Currently she is a knowledge management consultant in the humanitarian sector as well as a research officer with the Language Data Commons of Australia Project.

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. Accentedness and personality evaluation of Asian and Caucasian second language speakers of English by Asian second language English listeners

    Bibliography

    Yao Lu, and Ksenia Gnevsheva. 2021. "Accentedness and personality evaluation of Asian and Caucasian second language speakers of English by Asian second language English listeners." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. doi: 10.1080/01434632.2021.1959598.

  2. 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.

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  • Western Sydney University