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Australian English Reimagined
Structure, Features and Developments

ISBN 9780367029395
Published November 21, 2019 by Routledge
260 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

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: from bugger all to no worries

Isabelle Burke

5. Reimagining Discourse-pragmatic Features of Australian Englishes

Celeste Rodríguez Louro

6. The 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

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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.