Language in Australia

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Suzanne Romaine
Cambridge University Press, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 415 pages
Language in Australia provides a wide-ranging account of the present linguistic situation in Australia, primarily from a sociolinguistic perspective. The focus is mainly descriptive, and the chapters aim to provide a comprehensive overview and summary of what is known about Australia's languages as well as a guide to current areas of research interest. Throughout the volume, the contributors pay special attention to issues arising from the socio-historical situation in which Australia's languages and language varieties coexist. The volume covers both indigenous and non-indigenous languages, and contains a section specifically on 'community' languages, and also one on public policy and social issues relating to English. No other book offers such a broad survey of the language situation in Australia. Linguists as well as non-linguists will find in this volume, which is a companion to Language in the USA and Language in the British Isles, a guide and reference source to the rich linguistic heritage of Australia.
 

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Contents

Overview of indigenous languages of Australia
27
social dialects in a
49
Aboriginal English an overview ian G Malcolm
67
Communicative strategies in Aboriginal English
84
Language and communication in Aboriginal land claim
94
an overview of research into language
104
Tables
108
A sketch of Kalaw Kawaw Ya kevin ford and
118
Overview ofimmigrant or community
215
perceptions of and attitudes towards
228
structures and use
241
Modern Greek in Australia anastasios tamis
249
A survey of regional usage in the lexicon of Australian
287
migrants and language
304
Gender differences in Australian English
318
migrant
329

a step towards language
143
Overview of the pidgin and creole languages of
159
Queensland Kanaka English peter muhlhausler
174
Torres Strait Creole anna shnukal
180
Kriol the creation of a new language
195
A sketch of the structure of Kriol john sandefur
204
Social class differences in the lexicon david corson
349
some sociolinguistic revelations
363
References
373
Index
401
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