Aboriginal English


Program broadcast on Sat. Jan. 21 2012. [Please note: this program was first broadcast 3/12/2011]

Ian Malcolm, honorary and emeritus professor of applied linguistics, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia examines the path Aboriginal English took after white settlement. Basically, he claims that Aboriginal English developed quite separately from the English spoken by settlers and English spoken between settlers and Aboriginies.

Once English had become creolised in Aboriginal communities it continued to develop further into a form which is unique and entirely owned by the speakers of that dialect. Malcolm claims that there are in fact 2 Australian varieties of English. This challenges the widely accepted notion that there is only one standard dialect.
Peter Lloyd

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