Australian English

Australian English

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Looking at the different Australian accent varieties. Also shows some popular language myths about why the Australian accent sounds the way it does, and shows a bunch of people pronouncing the same line.

Posted by Miles Baker on November 7, 2017

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Australian English;
Variation;
Accent

Philippine English vs. Australian English

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"Philippine English vs. Australian English" is a funny YouTube video by a Filipino husband and his Australian wife illustrating the differences between the two different dialects of English. By comparing different words and terms between the two dialects, the differences are sometimes profound, incomprehensible, and often very funny!

Flight of the Concords' Kiwi or Aussie Accents

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In this clip, two New Zealanders who live in the United States are very biased against Australians. They make a point of explaining the difference between the two nationalities' accents, and for comedic affect, they choose a sentence that has very few vowel changes, only a pitch change. In Niedzielski (1999), they saw that preconceived notions of nationality affect how listeners perceive accents. This happened with Aziz Ansari's American character, where he assumed they were Australian and therefore indexed their accents as such. In Hay and Drager (2010) they explored the perception of differences in Australian and New Zealand accents, and, as seen in the clip, it really comes down to preconceived biases, such as concept priming in Hay and Drager or previous biases against Australians.

Posted by Michaella Joseph on March 31, 2017

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Indexicality;
Australian English;
New Zealand English;
Accent

35 American accents

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In this short video, this gentleman displays the ability to use 35 American accents. It is pretty impressive that there are so many dialects of American English.

G'day mate: 'Lazy' Australian accent caused by "alcoholic slur' of heavy-drinking early settlers

A newspaper article reporting on an opinion piece written by a communications professor at Melbourne's Victoria University suggesting that the Australian accent resulted from the slurring of speech of early (drunk) settlers. [Published on 10-27-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on November 2, 2015

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Ideology;
Australian English;
Stigma

Prue and Trude

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The characters Prue and Trude are upper-crust Australians, exemplifying the "cultivated" Australian accent.

Posted by Kara Becker on November 11, 2014

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Australian English

Australian Youth Representative 2013

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An example of a young speaker of Australian English that might be considered "general," (on a continuum from broad - general - cultivated)

Posted by Kara Becker on November 11, 2014

Tags:
Australian English;
Youth

Australian Zoo Tour with Steve Irwin

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Steve Irwin's Australian English is considered "broad."

Posted by Kara Becker on November 11, 2014

Tags:
Australian English;
Socioeconomic Status

Julia Gillard's voice

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A discussion of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's speech, which has been criticized as sounding too "broad" or lower-class.

Posted by Kara Becker on November 10, 2014

Tags:
Australian English;
Socioeconomic Status;
Stigma

Why do rappers have fake accents?

An interview with David Crystal on the speaking and rapping of Iggy Azalea, a white Australian woman who adopts AAE features in her hip hop style.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 29, 2014

Tags:
Australian English;
African American English;
Hip Hop Nation

Commercial: Kiwi and Aussie kids

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A 2008 Mitre 10 commercial with two Kiwi kids (one Maori, one Pakeha) and one Aussie kid talking about home improvement.

Flight of the Concords: New Zealand vs. Australian English

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A skit from the HBO show "Flight of the Concords," starring two native Kiwis, where their accents are confused for Australian accents.