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language varies, "with what"
« on: March 23, 2008, 04:11:16 pm »
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Hope you can lend me a hand on this question:

Quote from: stupid homework sheet
Australians, Britons and Americans all speak English. Give exampls of phonological, lexical and syntactic differences between the three.

I've got lexical differences, but i'm drawing a mental blank on the other ones....

:P thanks in advance
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Re: language varies, "with what"
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2008, 05:16:41 pm »
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We don't speak English, we speak Australian. :o

Your stupid homework sheet is missing spelling differences btw. Be GLaD.
Also it assumes that each variety is the same across the whole country. While that is relatively true for Australia, you try telling me an american southerner sounds the same as their northern counterparts. xD

Syntax is a fairly standard thing between varieties (well, as long as you stick to standard English) and no one will be able to come up with much. One distinctive thing about Aussie English is that we end things with 'but' meaning like 'however'. Only example that springs to mind.

Phonological - I would go about that by thinking of the distinctive things in aussie english (which should be more familiar to you than to me by now), and then from that working backwards and going 'this is different'. xD
Only other thing I can think of is how according to america we live in Malbourne etc, and that we are slowly copying that :(. Stuffed if I know vs British English, can't be bothered thinking there :D

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Re: language varies, "with what"
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2008, 06:46:58 pm »
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that's a very broad topic. Comparing two types of English is more than enough
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Re: language varies, "with what"
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2008, 07:17:49 pm »
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that's a very broad topic. Comparing two types of English is more than enough
pss i didnt decide on it.....
but i noticed u didnt say "ambiguous" :P
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2008, 07:26:03 pm »
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i was implying it XD
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