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Australian English Reimagined
Structure, Features and Developments

ISBN 9780367029395
Published November 18, 2019 by Routledge
274 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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  Part 1: Features of Australian English  2. Phonetics and Phonology of Australian English  3. Tense, Aspect and Modality in Australian English  4. Negation in Australian English  5. Reimagining Discourse-pragmatic Features of Australian Englishes  6. Lexicon of Australian English  Part 2: Internal Variation in Australian English  7. Sociophonetics of Australian English  8. Lexical and Morphosyntactic Variation in Australian English  9. Aboriginal English(es)  10. Ethnolectal Variability in Australian English  Part 3: Historical Development of Australian English  11. History of Australian English  12. American Influences on Australian English  13. Codification of Australian English  14. Attitudes to Australian English  15. The Australian National Corpus (and beyond)

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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.


"Australian English is a dynamic epi-centre of global English, the third one next to British and American English. This book edited by Willoughby and Manns assesses the rich current state of research and suggests future avenues to increase knowledge of Australia’s mainstream, ethnic and regional Englishes, the theories that develop under its influence in sociolinguistics and educational politics, and shows how Australian identitites are being recast." - Gerhard Leitner, Institute of English Language and Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

"Australian English Reimagined is a comprehensive account of Englishes in Australia. It synthesizes a rich body of historic and contemporary research to interrogate our commonly-held beliefs about our language and how it is changing. This volume explores the intersection of language and social factors such as gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age and attitudes. It considers the origins of Australian English, the colloquialisation of its syntax, the influence of other regional varieties and the uniqueness of Aboriginal and migrant varieties. Peppered with delightfully illustrative details, this makes for a wonderfully absorbing read." - Rebecca Swain, Project Coordinator at Digital Learning Design & Teacher of English, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Australia

"As an update on the state of knowledge on Australian English, this edited volume would be hard to beat. It surveys the major research in a digestible fashion, providing extensive bibliographies to the chapters. It charts the movement across time from English in Australia to Australian English, its origins and development, and national acceptance as its own standard. The book ranges across distinctive structures and features, discourse stand-outs like yeah no and final but, and the gamut of vowel and consonant forms. It covers regional and ethnic variation, including Aboriginal Englishes, the influence of americanization, and the greater impetus towards informality that marks AusEng off from other Englishes. The authors are a who’s-who of the research community, skilfully brought together by the editors, Willoughby and Manns. This is a book to relish." – Allan Bell, Emeritus Professor of Language & Communication, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand