Tracking variation and change in Australian English through corpus analysis

Presented by the Sydney Corpus Lab


This workshop will be presented by Catherine Travis, ANU, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

The flyer for this event can be accessed here. The Zoom workshop can be accessed here.


Over 50 years of research in sociolinguistics (spearheaded by Labov, e.g. 1963) has demonstrated that patterns of language variation and change can be meaningfully studied via quantitative analysis of actual language use, as observed in spontaneous speech corpora. This hands-on workshop will introduce a new sociolinguistic corpus of Australian English, the Sydney Speaks corpus, which comprises 1.25 million words of time-aligned transcribed speech with 260 Sydneysiders of diverse ethnic and social class backgrounds, and birth dates ranging from 1890 to 1990. Participants will learn how to conduct corpus searches and extract data for analysis using the corpus-management tool LaBB-CAT (developed by the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour). Participants will be taken through different kinds of searches for a range of linguistic variables (phonetic, morphosyntactic, discourse), and will get the opportunity to conduct guided searches of their own.

To learn more about the Sydney Speaks project, see this recent Sydney Corpus Lab blog.

This workshop will be held on Friday 27 May 2022 at 12PM over Zoom.

To access the Zoom meeting, please see the flyer here for access details, or access the meeting here.

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27 May 2022


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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