Workshop Dates

16th-17th July 2018

Keynote Speakers

Jen Hay: University of Canterbury

Jen Nycz: Georgetown University

Paul Foulkes: University of York

Debbie Loakes: University of Melbourne

Scientific Committee

Gerry Docherty (Griffith University)

Janet Fletcher (University of Melbourne)

Olga Maxwell (University of Melbourne)

Anita Szakay (Macquarie University)

Simón Gonzalez (Australian National University)


Ship Inn Conference Centre, Griffith University, Southbank, Brisbane.


Following on from the successful 1st SocioPhonAus workshop in 2016, 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.

The Workshop will be organised as a single strand of oral presentations covering various aspects of work on sociophonetic variability.

The topics to be covered will include (inter alia):

  • Accent variation as a function of location, age, gender, SES and/or speech style
  • The role of ethnicity as a factor in determining phonological patterning and how it can be operationalized for sociophonetic research within an Australian context
  • Static vs dynamic approaches to capturing variability
  • Listener processing of sociophonetic variability
  • The extent of social marking carried by prosodic features
  • Discussion of the trajectories of phonological change
  • Emerging analysis tools and methods