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“A Peculiar Language” Early Australian English and Beyond

Second Annual Language and Society Centre Lecture

Presented in 2009 by Professor Kate Burridge, Monash University

In this lecture, Kate Burridge explores the characteristics of early Australian English based on evidence from 19th century police reports. Australian English is a 'melting pot' of linguistic inputs, from the influence of dialects from southeast England, Ireland and Scotland in early settlements, to more recent diversity from Aboriginal English and migrant Englishes. This talk discusses the development of Australian English as a distinctive and diverse language.

Download the handout (pdf format)

Listen to the lecture (mp3 format)

Listen to the ABC Radio National interview with Prof Kate Burridge.