Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Jaime’s talk is titled Varieties of Australian English and will provide an overview of the three main accents occurring within mainstream Australian society today. These differences, unlike in many other countries, are not regionally based. Indeed, there is very little regional variation within Australian English and the differences in accent that are manifest are based on social factors. Jaime will speak about how changes in Australian identity and society over time have been reflected in the dominant accents in the country. He will also introduce Aboriginal English and discuss the role this variety plays within mainstream Australian society along with the issues associated with it that can lead to inequality, cultural misunderstanding, and discrimination. Jaime will also indicate future trends within Australian English, mentioning the development of regional variation and ethnolects among various communities. There will also be the chance to practise speaking with an Australian accent!
Dr. Jaime Hunt (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Marta Degani (marta [dot] degani [at] aau [dot] at)