Standard Australian English is distinct variety of formal English that reflects Australia’s unique historical and cultural origins. The prescriptions also reflect the philosophies of social cohesion that form the basis of Australian society.
- refers to the language used by politicians, business leaders, civil servants, and government officials. It is the language of McDonald’s, financial institutions; public utilities; government departments, schools, banks, insurance companies etc.
- The language is official, formal and often elevated (sophisticated).
- Public language is the language of power and influence.
- creates a sense of authority and helps to sustain power relationships
- (Please download a table summary of informal and formal of informal and formal language features.)
- See a discussion of (four) formal language features and examples (2020)
- See examples of non-discriminatory and inclusive language
- See a variety of linguistic examples linked to pandemic: 2020 Covid-19
- See Jargon: formal and public language
- See Euphemism: public language
- See Informal and Formal Language Notes
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