Professor Catherine Travis
Areas of expertise
- Linguistics 2004
- Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
- Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406
- Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
- Discourse And Pragmatics 200403
- Iberian Languages 200308
- Migrant Cultural Studies 200208
Catherine’s primary research interest lies in the study of grammatical variation in spontaneous speech, in both monolingual and bilingual communities. She is a specialist in Spanish, and has also worked on Portuguese, Japanese and English. Her current research projects include the Spanish of a bilingual community in New Mexico, USA (deriving from a project funded by the NSF), and variatoin and change in English spoken in Sydney, by diverse communities including migrant communities (as part of the ARC funded Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language).
Catherine Travis is Professor of Modern European Languages in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU, and a CI in the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies with First Class Honors in Linguistics and Japanese from the ANU, and a PhD in Linguistics and Spanish from La Trobe University (2002). She came to the ANU in 2012 from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, where she worked for 10 years. She is a NAATI certified translator, Spanish-English.
2014-2021: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language ($AUD28 million). http://dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/
2014-2016: "A national language studies portal for Australian universities", Office of Learning and Teaching ($AUD300,000). www.ulpa.edu.au
2010-2013: "Evaluating convergence via code-switching: Cross-linguistic priming, rates and the structure of subject expression" (http://nmcode-switching.la.psu.edu) (National Science Foundation BCS 1019112/1019122 [2010-2013]) Collaborator: Rena Torres Cacoullos (The Pennsylvania State University) ($US270,000)
I am interested in supervising work in any of the areas of research interest listed above.
In particular, I would look forward to being involved in projects related to the quantitative study of variation and change in Australian English, in an Australian community language, or in other settings (including contact and monolingual contexts).
PhD theses, as Chair of Panel
Matthew Callaghan. “Who are you?” in Chile: gauging variation and change in language and society. (2014- )
Yunseok Lee. Evidentiality in Korean. (2014- )
(As primary supervisor)
ANU MA theses
Li Nguyen. 2016. Incorporated kin terms, bilingual speakers: A corpus-based study of Vietnamese kin terms as personal reference in bilingual speech
Shuyu Zhang. 2015. Who am I when I say I speak Chinese? Ethnic Orientation and Heritage Language in Second-Generation Chinese Australians. Austrlaian National University.
ANU Honours theses
Kiya Alimoradian. 2012. “Makes me feel more Aussie”: Ethnic identity and the use of mate by Australians from a non-English speaking background. Australian National University.
Jennifer Plaistowe. 2015. Coordinated code-switching: A study of interactive alignment in bilingual conversation. Australian National University.
Sonia Balasch. 2011. Estudio sociolingüístico de la marca diferencial de objeto directo (DOM) en dos variedades del español contemporáneo (‘A sociolinguistic study of Differential Object Marking in two contemporary varieites of Spanish'). University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Current position: Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the University of Montana, Missoula.
Manuel Burgos. 2013. El conflicto armado a través de El Tiempo: Análisis discursivo de los reportes de guerra en la prensa colombiana (1998-2008) (‘The armed conflict through El Tiempo: A discourse analysis of war reports in the Colombian Press’). Department of Spanish & Portuguese. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese. New York University
Jenny Dumont. 2011. Full NPs in conversations and narratives: The effects of genre on information flow and interaction. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.
Current position: Assistant professor, Department of Spanish, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania.
Mami McCraw. 2010. First-person singular pronouns and ellipsis in Japanese. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Daniel Sanford. 2010. Frequency and figuration: A usage-based approach to metaphor. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Current position: Senior Program Manager, Centre for Academic Program Support, University of New Mexico.
Agripino Silveira. 2011. Frequency effects and specialization of forms in pronominal expression in Brazilian Portuguese. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.
Current position: Lecturer, Language Center. Stanford University, California.
Damian Vergara Wilson. 2009. From ‘remaining’ to ‘becoming’: A diachronic usage-based approach to the expression of ‘becoming’: quedar(se) + adjective. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of New Mexico.
Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.
- ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Secondary Investigator)