Thesis topic: Language Use and Ethnic Identity: Evidence from Australian English by Chinese Migrants
Gan completed his MA in 2019 at Xi’an Jiaotong University where he mainly focused on interactive alignment in L2 English. Now he is doing his PhD on the Sydney Speaks project, working under the guidance of Catherine Travis. His project examines ethnolectal variation in morphosyntactic features in Australian English used by Anglo-, Greek-, Italian- and Chinese-Australians, with a particular focus on Chinese-Australians. In his research, he uses mixed methods and adopts apparent-time and real-time constructs to investigate where ethnolectal variation comes from and how ethnolects change across time.