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Australian English Reimagined

Structure, Features and Developments, 1st Edition

Edited by Louisa Willoughby, Howard Manns


266 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Australian English is perhaps best known for its colourful slang, but the variety is much richer than slang alone. This collection provides a detailed account of Australian English by bringing together leading scholars of this English variety. These scholars provide a comprehensive overview of Australian English’s distinctive features and outline cutting-edge research into the variation and change of English in Australia. Organised thematically, this volume explores the ways in which Australian English differs from other varieties of English, as well as examining regional, social and stylistic variation within the variety.

The volume first explores particular structural features where Australian English differentiates itself from other English varieties. There are chapters on phonetics and phonology, socio-phonetics, lexicon and discourse-pragmatics as these elements are core to understanding any variety of English, especially within the World Englishes paradigm. It then considers what are arguably the most salient aspects of variation within Australian English and finally focuses on historical, attitudinal and planning aspects of Australian English.

This volume provides a thorough account of Australian English and its users as complex, diverse and worthy of study. Perhaps more importantly, this volume’s scholars provide a reimagining of Australian English and the paradigm through which future scholars may proceed.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Australian English

Louisa Willoughby and Howard Manns

Part 1: Features of Australian English

2. Phonetics and Phonology of Australian English

Felicity Cox

3. Tense, Aspect and Modality in Australian English

Peter Collins and Xinyue Yao

4. Negation in Australian English

Isabelle Burke

5. Reimagining Discourse-pragmatic Features of Australian English

Celeste Rodríguez Louro

6. Lexicon of Australian English

Howard Manns

Part 2: Internal Variation in Australian English

7. Sociophonetics of Australian English

Debbie Loakes

8. Lexical and Morphosyntactic Variation in Australian English

Lee Murray and Howard Manns

9. Aboriginal English(es)

Greg Dickson

10. Ethnolectal Variability in Australian English

Joshua Clothier

Part 3: Historical Development of Australian English

11. History of Australian English

Kate Burridge

12. American Influences on Australian English

Minna Korhonen

13. Codification of Australian English

Pam Peters

14. Attitudes to Australian English

Louisa Willoughby

15. The Australian National Corpus

Simon Musgrave and Michael Haugh

About the Editors

Louisa Willoughby is a senior lecturer in linguistics in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

Howard Manns is a lecturer in linguistics in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

Being one of the fastest developing areas of linguistic research, World Englishes has received increasing attention in the research scholarship. There have been published monographs and books series which focus on various aspects of the spread of English across the world. However, given the burgeoning development in the field and growing demand from researchers and educators for relevant resources, there is a need to update some of the existing research and, more importantly, there is an exigency to extend the research scholarship to areas that have not hitherto received due attention. These are also the research gaps this proposed book series hopes to fill, in particular, the need for rigorous features-based and empirically-driven studies on World Englishes.

This Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics book series will provide a starting point for those who wish to know more about the aspects of the spread of English in the current globalized world. Each volume can cover the following aspects of the study of World Englishes: issues and theoretical paradigms, feature-based studies (i.e. phonetics and phonology, syntax, lexis) and language in use (e.g. education, media, the law and other related disciplines). It will contain a comprehensive bibliography of works published on the particular areas at the end of the book.

The aims of the series are

  • To add to and, if possible, break new ground on the existing research on World Englishes;
  • To explore some new varieties of Englishes that have not been previously documented;
  • To provide rigorous features-based studies on varieties of World Englishes;
  • To investigate the issues and theoretical paradigms surrounding the sociolinguistic aspects of the study of World Englishes;
  • To provide an up-to-date documentation of language in use, in education, and language policy issues in World Englishes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Phonetics & Phonology