Australian English: Non-Australians' knowledge of distinctive features of this variety

Marta Nowacka, Beata Malczewska-Webb

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Abstract

This paper is intended to present what non-Australians know about Australian English. It examines the results of the survey concerning Australian English administered to students at two higher education institutions - at College and University of Rzeszów, in Poland, and at Bond University, in Australia. The main aim of the questionnaire is to examine the respondents’ awareness and knowledge of distinctive features of this variety of English. First, the survey examines the subjects’ exposure to Australian English. Then, it explores the students’ familiarity with vocabulary, e.g. clippings, idiomatic expressions and rhyming slang, and selected syntactic elements. The qualitative and quantitative findings suggest that the distinctive vocabulary is the most familiar aspect of the variety across all cohorts. To sum up, the paper proposes that, despite its geographical distance, Australian English evokes not just positive attitudes, but also attracts academic interests among the students at universities in Poland and Australia. The paper also makes some recommendations and research extensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ESIDRP International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEnglish Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice (ESIDRP)
EditorsM Bekar, K Maleska, N Stojanovska-Ilievska
PublisherCyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Pages395-413
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEnglish Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice (ESIDRP) - Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Duration: 11 Mar 201613 Mar 2016
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ConferenceEnglish Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice (ESIDRP)
Abbreviated titleESIDRP
CountryMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
CitySkopje
Period11/03/1613/03/16
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Nowacka, M., & Malczewska-Webb, B. (2017). Australian English: Non-Australians' knowledge of distinctive features of this variety. In M. Bekar, K. Maleska, & N. Stojanovska-Ilievska (Eds.), Proceedings of the ESIDRP International Conference: English Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice (ESIDRP) (pp. 395-413). Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.