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Please see a free example of “double speak”: the official response to the bushfire season.
Unit 3: Language variation and social purpose
Area Study 1: Informal Language
Characteristics of informal discourse; slang, swearing, language change, shifting taboos, sexist language, “strine”; politeness strategies.
Area Study 2: Formal Language
Standard Australian English (SAE rules, regulations); formal language features; jargon; positive and negative face needs.
Unit 4: Language Variation and Identity
Standard (Australian) English: SAE; prestige and status; cultural variety; First Nations people; migrant ethnolects; “Aussie English”.
The role of language in constructing individual and group identities; construction of a “standard” identity and overt norms and non-standard varieties of English and covert norms.
Other useful links
- References to linguists and relevant commentators
- A list of commentaries (formal/informal/spoken/written)
- Return to our Welcome Page: Overview of English Works Notes and Resources