1. 'Australian Voices'
AUSTRALIAN STEREOTYPES & VOICES.
- What is a stereotype? What are two Australian stereotypes that you have learned about and how accurate are they in your opinion?
A stereotype is a oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Australian Stereotypes like Sunday BBQ s and when is it not sunny and hot. These are stereotypes as not every single person in Australia has a Sunday BBQ, few might. It is definitely not always sunny and hot as we just had flash flooding and a natural disaster.
2. How can stereotypes be damaging to a person or group?
Stereotypes can be very damaging to peoples feelings as if one person may share what they think it can lead to a whole lot of people will start to think that the stereotype is true. A stereotype can ruin someones reputation even if it is not real.
3. 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?
The first accent is the 'Broad Australia Accent" this accent is typically associated with men. Very few women use broad accents. Examples like ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke and comedian Paul Hogan This is shown by the fact that it is disproportionately used in advertisements and by newsreaders.
The second accent is the 'General Australian Accent' Around 80% of Australians have a General Australian accent. Examples like Nicole Kidman. These accents are somewhat of a mix between the broad Australian and cultivated accents.
The final accent is the 'Cultivated Australian Accent'. This accent sounds a bit like prince Charles. It is usually spoken by women wanting to portray a feminine and sophisticated image.
I think that I have the 'general Australian accent' because majority of Australians use this. I am also not from the country as some have stronger accents.