Differentiation in Australian English

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    The Differentiation Phase (Phase 5 of Schneider’s Dynamic Model) has so far been reached by only a handful of settler Englishes: American English, Australian English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, with internal diversification as well as unique admixtures of indigenized and adstrate varieties. In Australian English this is in its early stages, though there’s little adstrate differentiation in evidence despite continuing waves of immigration. Fully fledged differentiation (including phonological, morphosyntactic and lexical divergences) is however conspicuous in Australian Aboriginal communities, in a distinctive indigenized English (Aboriginal English) which is spoken in widely separated areas especially across the centre and north of Australia. The resilience of AborE poses larger questions of how an indigenized variety can continue to evolve under an established and dominant settler variety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEvolution of Englishes
    Subtitle of host publicationthe dynamic model and beyond
    EditorsSarah Buschfeld, Thomas Hoffmann, Magnus Huber, Alexander Kautzsch
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027269416
    ISBN (Print)9789027249098
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameVarieties of English around the World
    Publisherjohn benjamins
    ISSN (Electronic)0172-7362


    • differentiation
    • Australian English
    • Aboriginal English
    • indigenized English
    • adstrate
    • generational differences
    • regional differences


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