Histoire d'un phénomène linguistique : la défense de l'anglais australien, 1788-2000

Abstract : From 1788 onwards, the definitions of English in Australia are negative : the vocabulary is slangy and vulgar, the pronunciation is nasal and slipshod. These attitudes provoke a linguistic complex of inferiority towards Great Britain. This complex is the mainspring of the phenomenon of the defence of Australian English. During the Bulletin era, as the detractors of Australian English acquire a pseudo-scientific credibility, a resolution to defend the language emerges. There are three stages of evolution in the defence : claim, recognition and justification. The champions of Australian English have been working on the acceptance of an Australian linguistic change. They favour an endocentric view on Australian English rather than a eurocentric comparative judgment. In the prescientific era, S. J. Baker found support in America, with H. L. Mencken. During the scientific era, the Australian linguists proved that Australian English is appropriate to its environment, providing a scientific and institutional justification.
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Anne Przewozny-Desriaux. Histoire d'un phénomène linguistique : la défense de l'anglais australien, 1788-2000. 2002. ⟨hal-00992421⟩

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