This unique collection fills a ten-year gap in studies on the nature of Australian English, and it is the first to deal exclusively with varieties of English on the Australian continent. The book contains chapters on the phonology, morphology, syntax and the lexicon of the dialect, and chapters on variation within the dialect that include Aboriginal and ethnic varieties as well as regional and generational differences with a focus on questions of Australian identity and intercultural relations. With selected contributions by Australia's leading linguists this volume records the most recent developments in the study of English within Australia.
1. Introduction; 2. Language and identity in Australia (by Collins, Peter); 3. Section A: English in Australia: structure; 4. Phonology; 5. Vowel change: synchronic and diachronic evidence (by Cox, Felicity); 6. Variation and change in Australian consonants: reduction of /t/ (by Tollfree, Laura); 7. The vocalisation of dark l in Australian English (by Borowsky, Toni); 8. Morphology; 9. Hypocoristics of place-names (by Simpson, Jane); 10. Syntax; 11. Syntactic features and norms in Australian English (by Newbrook, Mark); 12. Lexicon; 13. Australian English and indigenous voices (by Moore, Bruce); 14. Australian English - an identity crisis (by Butler, Susan); 15. Corpus evidence on Australian style and usage (by Peters, Pam); 16. Section B: English in Australia: variation; 17. Torres Strait and Aboriginal; 18. Torres Strait English (by Shnukal, Anna); 19. Aboriginal English: adopted code of a surviving culture (by Malcolm, Ian G.); 20. Ethnic varieties; 21. Ethnic varieties of Australian English (by Clyne, Michael); 22. Australian English and recent migrant groups (by Kiesling, Scott F.); 23. Diachronic and generational variation; 24. The acquisition of colloquialisms by non-native speakers (by Curtain, Jane); 25. Changing attitudes to Australian English (by Bradley, David); 26. A.G. Mitchell and the development of Australian pronunciation (by Yallop, Colin); 27. Lexicography and national identity: the Australian experience (by Delbridge, Arthur); 28. Australian English in interaction with other Englishes (by Taylor, Brian); 29. Regional variation; 30. Short A in Australian English: a geolinguistic study (by Horvath, Barbara M.); 31. Index