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The Australian National University

Professor Catherine Travis

Phone: 6125 0634

School of Language Studies



Research interests: Catherine Travis took up the position of Chair of Modern European Languages in the School of Language Studies in 2012. She came from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, where she worked for 10 years, for five as head of the Hispanic Linguistics program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies with First Class Honors in Linguistics and Japanese from the ANU, and a PhD in Linguistics and Catherine’s primary research area is the way in which grammar emerges through discourse, which she investigates through the study of grammatical variation in spontaneous speech. She is a specialist in Spanish, and has also worked on Portuguese, Japanese and English. She has major research projects on the variation in ways speakers use language, both at home and in the diaspora, and what this tells us about the social and cultural meanings of language use. With the rapid growth of Spanish immigration to Australia, research in this area has significant policy and educational implications which extend to other immigrant groups.

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