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.

Please visit James' website for his full CV.

Geisteswissenschaften/Anglistik/Amerikanistik

Address
Universitätsstr. 12
45141 Essen
Room
R12 S04 H24

Functions

  • Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, Anglistik: Linguistik II - English Linguistics & Language History

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.

    Journal articles

  • Purser, Benjamin; Grama, James; Travis, Catherine E.
    Australian English over Time : Using Sociolinguistic Analysis to Inform Dialect Coaching
    In: Voice and Speech Review Vol. 14 (2020) Nr. 3, pp. 269 - 291
    ISSN: 2326-8271; 2326-8263
  • Grama, James; Travis, Catherine E.; Gonzalez, Simon
    Ethnolectal and community change ov(er) time : Word-final (er) in Australian English
    In: Australian Journal of Linguistics (2020) in press
    ISSN: 1469-2996; 0726-8602
  • Book articles / Proceedings papers

  • Grama, James; Travis, Catherine E.; Gonzalez, Simon
    Ethnic variation in real time : Change in Australian english diphthongs, Chapter 13. Ethnic variation in real time
    In: 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
  • 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
  • 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)