Australian Voice - Accents
Australian Stereotypes and Voices
- What is a stereotype? What are two Australian stereotypes that you have learned about and how accurate are they in your opinion? Two stereotypes that have been placed on Australians are: That everyone has a BBQ. I think this is very accurate because majority of Aussies do have a BBQ and it is used as part of celebrations which are part of our culture. That all Australians are rough and ragged. I think that this isn`t very accurate as there are some people that are very 'rustic' and 'bushman-like' but a lot of Australians enjoy the city and more luxurious things in life.
- How can stereotypes be damaging to a person or group? Stereotypes can be damaging to a person or group because it may restrict the ability or opportunity of the individual or community as there is already an assumption on what they can and cannot do.
- Find examples of three different Australian Accents. Which accent do you feel that you have and why? What does this reveal about you and your background?
Accents One and Two - Upper Class and Country or "Outback"
Accent Three - Ethno-Cultural
The first pair that score have an Indian and Singaporean background but have grown up in Australia.
I feel that my accent is a mix between Upper class and Country/ Outback. I have had a proper education and my parents have and always will correct my pronunciation and the way that I use words. However, I do use a fair amount of slang especially when I am watching sport. This shows that I have grown up in an urban area near farms and that I have learnt terms from growing up around older family members watching sport. Something that we are passionate about.