LINGUIST List 27.1253

Fri Mar 11 2016

Calls: English, Phonetics, Socioling/Australia

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 11-Mar-2016
From: Gerry Docherty <>
Subject: 1st Workshop on Sociophonetic Variability in the English Varieties of Australia
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Full Title: 1st Workshop on Sociophonetic Variability in the English Varieties of Australia
Short Title: SocioPhonAus2016

Date: 04-Jul-2016 - 05-Jul-2016
Location: Brisbane - Queensland, Australia
Contact Person: Gerry Docherty
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

The aim of this Workshop is to enable the growing community of researchers undertaking work on sociophonetic properties of varieties of English spoken in Australia to share findings, to discuss methodological issues, and to debate the theoretical implications of their work.

Dominated for many years by the Mitchell & Delbridge typology, our understanding of the nature of sociophonetic variability in Australian English has until recently lagged considerably behind that of other varieties of English. However, this situation is in the process of evolving rapidly, not least with the release of the AusTalk corpus and the launch of the ARC Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language which are creating exciting opportunities to investigate the phonetic characteristics of new and evolving varieties of English from across the continent; e.g., contact varieties from the Northern Territory, Aboriginal English spoken in Victoria as a first language, and innovative urban varieties emerging from the complex ethnic mix of Australian cities. Developments such as these have created a new frame of reference within which to consider the phonological characteristics of the varieties of English in Australia, and the rich and complex dimensions of phonological variation within and across the nation’s speech communities.

Keynote speakers:
Associate Professor Felicity Cox: Macquarie University, Sydney
Professor Jonathan Harrington: Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Muenchen
Associate Professor Paul Warren: Victoria University of Wellington

Call for Papers:

Submissions of abstracts:

We invite the submission of abstracts for paper presentations. Talks are allocated slots of 25 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be a maximum of 400 words (excluding references) and may be submitted from 1 March using EasyAbstracts provided by LinguistList at

Key Dates:
The deadline for abstract submission is midnight March 31, 2016. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Workshop Scientific Committee and a decision about acceptance or otherwise for the Workshop will be made by 15 April. The programme for the Workshop will be publicised by the end of April.

The members of the Scientific Committee are: Gerry Docherty (Griffith), Janet Fletcher (Melbourne), Debbie Loakes (Melbourne), Jason Shaw (Western Sydney) and Anita Szakay (Macquarie).

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