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Please see a contemporary example with a metalinguistic analysis: (public language: double speak and face needs): official comments re Australia Day 2021; multi-faced identities (national, Australian, Wiradjuri, First Nations, journalist, warrior): Stan Grant and his 2021 response to Australia Day
Unit 3: Language variation and social purpose (2021)
Area Study 1: Informal Language
Characteristics of informal discourse; slang, swearing, language change, shifting taboos, sexist and racist language, “strine”; politeness strategies; social values and social purpose
Area Study 2: Formal Language
Standard Australian English (SAE rules, regulations); formal language features; jargon; positive and negative face needs; social values; hierarchical relationships
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