ERIC Number: ED058774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Ambiguities in Spoken Australian English.
Taylor, C. V.
AATEFL Newsletter, v1 n2 p30-38 Oct 1971
Pronunciation of some sounds in Australian English causes ambiguities in cases where phonemes seem to have merged. This paper discusses some of the ambiguities arising from phonemic changes and provides examples of pronunciation variations in British and Australian English--mainly in vowels, but also in consonants and syllabification. Several American English forms are also mentioned. Since pronunciation ambiguities can cause problems for the student learning English as a second language, teachers must look at language sociologically and prescribe a norm for language instruction. There should be greater explicitness in the description of English as spoken by educated Australians, and similarities and differences with British English should be noted. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Australian Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, Clayton.
Note: Paper presented at the Australian Language Laboratory Association Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, August 24-27, 1971