News One language, many dialects

Leanne Morgan

Staff member
The article below may be of interest to English teachers. It discusses the way that 'Britishisms' and 'Americanisms' (words typically unique to Britain or America respectively) have become part of Australian English and vice versa. Please 'like' this post or comment if you think it might be helpful to teaching any unit from the Australian Curriculum.

One language, many dialects
September 29, 2012
Amy Remeikis

You can whinge.
Or even whine if you prefer.
But English is American is British is Australian in today's global language village.

A recent BBC News Magazine article detailed the slow but steady drip of Britishisms into American English.
Terms like 'ginger', 'twee', 'toff' and 'spot' have apparently set the American vernacular on fire while at the same time, probably caused at least some of the guardians of the Queen's tongue to feel a little smug at the reverse influence.

But both Americanisms and Britishisms pervade Australian English, creating an English language fusion which, for all intents and purposes, appears to be the new normal.

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