AOS 1 unit 4 journal: The great Australian speech impediment

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Title  The great Australian speech impediment
Date  4th August 2014
Author  Dean Frenkel
Publication  The Age
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  Most Australians have poor speaking skills, even though literacy and numeracy has improved over the last 100 years speaking has not.
  • In the past people looked favourably on people who spoke with a rebellious speech manner and an Aussie accent so to assert their Australian identity against British imperialism.
  • It is typically Australian to be suspicious of people who speak to well.
  • The dumbed down demeanour remain socially advantageous.
Feature of Language  Pronunciation of words:

  • Flapping,
  • Reduction,
  • Shortening,
  • Addition of sounds.
Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.
  • Stylistic features in informal speech and writing, including phonological patterning, syntactic patterning, morphological patterning, and lexical choice and semantic patterning.
  • Characteristics of Australian English in contrast to Englishes from other continents, in phonological, lexical, prosodic, and/or grammatical patterns.
  • The role of language in constructing national identity.
  • The relationship between social attitudes and language choices.
My opinion on the Article’s comments.  The standard of Australia’s speaking skills has not improved over the years in comparison with the increase in numeracy and literacy skills. In schools there is a lack of emphasis placed on speaking well, with it often neglected in favour of written work. This is not a problem when Australians speak with other Australians as this style of speaking is known and is accepted in Australia. It is when other Australians speak to international English speakers that Australian English is seen lacking in speech.
Quotes  “most sober Australians pickle their speech with lazy, restricted and heavy articulation.””The unified Aussie accent is a complex soup of many accented languages – including English, German, Aboriginal, Irish, Scottish, Italian, Greek, as well as more recent regional influences.”

“The Aussie is the slow kid in the world classroom – our lazy national speech manner is unthreatening to ‘‘oversea-ers’’ who fondly perceive us as laid-back.”


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