The evolution of Aussie accent


A Queensland linguistic researcher believes Australians have learnt to embrace their broad national accent and that “bogans feel solidarity” in the way they speak.

Dr Michael Carey from the University of the Sunshine Coast has been presenting workshops discussing the evolution of ’s distinct dialect.

His 20 years of research has looked at the effect culture has had on the Australian and how diversity in language should be embraced.

“One of the most interesting findings in recent years has resulted from comparative acoustic studies of Australian-accented speech,” he said.

“Research has overturned many of the previous common beliefs about the Australian English accent.

“Acoustic analysis has revealed that we open our mouths more, or more accurately, we have a lower tongue position for certain vowels such as those in ‘had’ and ‘mate’ than other dialects of English, including the variety spoken by the Queen of England.”

He said the Australian accent had changed since the pressure from Britain to hold onto a “cultivated Australian accent”.

“[Originally] the language was a reaction coming from Britain in 1850, when received pronunciation known as BBC English, Cambridge or Queen’s English was used,” he said.


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