James Grama, Catherine Travis and Simon Gonzalez Ochoa

When it comes to vowels, Sydney has spoken

27th May 2019

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How do you pronounce your Aussie ‘er’ endings? Short, as in rememb-er, or longer as in rememb-a::h? The latest research findings from the Sydney Speaks project show that if you’re still in the short camp, you’re in the minority!

Sydney Speaks has been recording and exploring Australian English as spoken in our largest and most ethnically and linguistically diverse city. It is led by Chief Investigator Professor Catherine Travis with Postdoctoral Research Fellows James Grama and Simon Gonzalez.

Catherine says the team has found evidence that the lengthening of word-final ‘er’ was led by 2nd generation Greek Australians in the 1970s, and has been adopted today by Anglo-Australians, as well as Australians from both established (Italian) and more recent (Chinese) migrant groups.

To read more of this story, check it out on the ARC Centre of Excellence for The Dynamics of Language site.

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