Minna Korhonen is a PhD student at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki. Her PhD research focuses on sociolinguistic variation in Australian English with a special interest in the alleged Americanisation of Australian English. Her main research interests include Australian English, sociolinguictics, spoken language, language attitudes and language variation and change.
I am currently working on my PhD on sociolinguistic variation in Australian English with a special interest on the alleged Americanisation of Australian English. In my PhD study, I examine the use of a variety of phonological and grammatical features in AusE that show differences in their usage between British English and American English. In addition, the speakers’ attitudes towards American English influence are examined. The research material for my PhD consists of recorded interviews with 69 informants representing three generations. I collected the material in the small country town of Blayney in New South Wales in 2005 and 2006.
Besides research on spoken Australian English, I am also interested in language research through (online) surveys. I have conducted two small-scale surveys on Australian English in 2005 and 2013. This allows me to combine the use of different methodologies in my research.
In addition to research on Australian English, I have a keen interest in book editing and publishing. I graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Editing from Macquarie University (distance education) in 2010 and have worked as an editorial assistant for several scholarly books.