Dr. James Grama
James is a sociophonetician interested in how social factors play a role in phonetic variation and change over time. Using a combination of empirical sociolinguistic, corpus-based, and computational methods, he investigates vowel shifts, and how speakers from various social backgrounds respond to, participate in, and drive changes forward. His research focuses primarily on English and English-based varieties in the Pacific, especially the Englishes of Australia, New Zealand, California, Hawaiʻi, as well as Hawaiʻi Creole and Bislama.
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Past lectures (max. 10)
The following publications are listed in the online university bibliography of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Further information may also be found on the person's personal web pages.
Australian English over Time : Using Sociolinguistic Analysis to Inform Dialect CoachingIn: Voice and Speech Review Vol. 14 (2020) Nr. 3, pp. 269 - 291
ISSN: 2326-8271; 2326-8263
Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time : Word-final (er) in Australian EnglishIn: Australian Journal of Linguistics (2020) in press
ISSN: 1469-2996; 0726-8602
Ethnic variation in real time : Change in Australian english diphthongs, Chapter 13. Ethnic variation in real timeIn: Language Variation – European Perspectives VIII: selected papers from the tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10) / Tenth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 10), 26–28 June 2019, Leuwarden / Velde, Hans van de; Haug Hilton, Nanna; Knooihuizen, Remco (Eds.) 2021, pp. 291 - 314
ISBN: 978-90-272-0885-9; 978-90-272-5982-0
Book articles / Proceedings papers
- 2008 - B.A. Linguistics: University of California, Santa Barbara
- 2013 - M.A. Linguistics: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
- 2015 - Ph.D. Linguistics: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
- 2015-2016: Adjunct Instructor, Santa Monica College
- 2017-2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney Speaks, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University
- Language variation and change
- Vowel variation and acoustics
- Structural variation in Pacific Englishes, creoles and contact varieties
- Perceptual dialectology
- Language change across the lifespan
- Optimizing sociolinguistic methodologies (esp. forced alignment)