AOS 1 unit 4 journal: Australian Broad-A

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Title  Australian Broad-A
Date  15th June 2014
Author  Ben Trawick-Smith
Publication  Dialect Blog
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  There is a regional variation in the way Australians pronounce the vowel “a” in words.
  • South Australians tend to use a broad A e.g in “harm” in words such as dance, advance and plant, Queenslanders tend to use a short a as in “pan”
  • This pronunciation of the vowel “a” is not uniform and varies in both states, people will also use the short A sound for one word and the broad A sound in another.
  • When the British settled in Australia at the time there was a change in attitude with many shying away from the use of a broad A.
  • The pronunciation of “a” has nothing to do with class.
Feature of Language
  •  Language change.
  • Pronunciation of sounds
  • Variation in language.
Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.
  • how Australian English varies according to geography, including national and regional variation
  • the role of language in constructing national identity
My opinion on the Article’s comments.  Australia has slight regional variation when it comes to pronunciation. As Australian English is still in it’s infancy in comparison with Britain and even America. So little variation in terms of accents and pronunciation are seen across Australia. The article shows the difference in the pronunciation of the vowel a across different states, with more time the difference in pronunciation may become more uniform and distinct from one another.
Quotes “while Adelaide natives generally always use the broad-a in “plant”, this is common but not uniform with “advance” and broad-a in “dance” is fairly unusual (it occurs about 27% of the time”

“early British/European settlement occurred throughout the 19th-Century, a span coinciding with changes in attitude regarding the broad-a in words like “dance” and “demand”.”

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