James Grama


Department of Anglophone Studies
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen

Office: R12 S04 H73
Phone: +49 201 183 4289
Email: james.grama@uni-due.de
Website: www.jamesgrama.com


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.


  • 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

Previous Positions

  • 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

Research Interests

  • Sociophonetics
  • 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)