Australian English: phonetics and phonology

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    Australian English differs from other Englishes of the world in its syntax, lexicon and idiom, but it is the constellation of phonetic and phonological features that immediately signal ‘Australian’ to a listener. The phonetic and phonological features determine the characteristics of an individual’s accent and include the fine phonetic detail of voice quality and pitch variation, the precise articulatory and acoustic characteristics of the consonant and vowel sounds and how these are combined and overlap to form words and larger utterances. The Australian accent is one of the most potent symbols of Australian national identity. But what is the nature of the Australian accent today and how has it evolved in response to the rapidly changing society in which we live? Extraordinary sociocultural change in Australia in recent decades has led to increased linguistic variation in the community, necessitating a re-evaluation of ideas about the Australian accent and its various forms. In this chapter I will explore the origins and evolution of the Australian English accent with reference to acoustic analyses of both archival and current speech data to illustrate where the accent has come from, how it got to where it is now and where it may be headed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralian English reimagined
    Subtitle of host publicationstructure, features and developments
    EditorsLouisa Willoughby, Howard Manns
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429019692
    ISBN (Print)9780367029395
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge studies in world Englishes


    • Australian English
    • phonetics
    • phonology


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