[DWJ] Accents

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Thu Jun 15 11:00:45 EDT 2006

After I moved to Canada, I had a student who told me I was "harder to 
understand than a French person." When I was discussing this with my 
chair, he said "I am sure there are posh Australian accents and non-posh 
Australian accents." My brother claims that the girls who went to my 
school in Melbourne have a specific accent that becomes more pronounced 
when we talk to one another.

Of course, now I have been in Canada for a few years, Australians think 
I sound Canadian, and vice versa. So I have my very own accent.


Juliette Curtis wrote:

> I think we have a city accent and a country accent and they are pretty 
> consistent around Australia, but I also think we are beginning to 
> develop regional accents. The differences are subtle but they are 
> definitely there.
> LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au wrote:
>> Judith said
>>> Interesting, Sally‹I've never really thought abut >a Tasmanian 
>>> accent, but
>>> some of your vowels sound like a very soft >version of a New Zealand
>> accent.
>> I think in Melbourne we tend to soften our vowels a bit, like saying
>> "Malbourne" instead of "Melbourne". In SA they tend to drop 'l's if 
>> they're
>> at the end of a word: pool, school etc. Queenslanders are usually very
>> Strine, and WA-ians are a little bit pommie.
>> lili
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