Josh Brown

Italian Studies

Australian National University

I am a historical sociolinguist based at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. My main research interests include the history of the Italian language, especially forms of language contact in the history of Italy. Lately I have been exploring the use of digital humanities for language history.


My PhD investigated the process of Tuscanisation in merchant texts of the 14th century. This has led to broader research interests focussing on koineization, bilingual contact, and the role of non-literary texts in the formation of standard languages

My overall research goal is to provide new insights into language history by using the findings from the study of sociolinguistics.

You can hear more about me and my research here and here.