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Dr Tania E. Strahan: HOMETania Strahan has just returned to Australia after a three and a half year stint in Reykjavik as a NORMS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iceland (until December 2010). She is currently a Linguist working at Appen Butler Hill in Sydney, Australia. She is also an Honorary Associate at La Trobe University. Her main areas of interest are in Scandinavian syntax/semantics, particularly looking at long-distance reflexives in terms of both Binding Conditions and statistical analyses of dialectal data, the peculiar habits of Icelandic objects, phonetics, and the specific vs definite article contrast, and aspects of Australian English, including the use of reflexives to show perspective, and the use of 'they' as a non-gender-specific pronoun with a specific referent. In addition, along with Lesley Stirling, she is very slowly analysing the talk of young Australian women, with a current project looking at conversational narratives and features of women's talk by this group. She is currently editing a book with Lesley Stirling and Susan Douglas on narratives in small societies with dense social networks, which draws comparisons between the narrative strategies employed in Australian languages and other close-knit groups such as an Australian basketball team and a Javanese family.
Her other interests included playing basketball (she has retired again, for the time being!), and is missing playing bass guitar. Her band Baba Yaga recorded their second EP just before she left Australia. Tania's latest obsession is dancing - she's not too bad at tango, salsa, bachata and cha-cha, and is a beginner swing (side-by-side Charleston) dancer. If you ever see her out and about and you know one of these dances, you should ask her to dance, either as lead or follow!!