Im doing a report for class about the recent and historical influences on Australian English. Just wanted to know what you guys think about it what do you think have been some factors towards Australian English today and how do you feel about nowadays English.. or even what do you think Australian English will be like in the future?? Feel free to voice all your ideas :D
So far I've got like
- Americanisation through american broadcasts/tv shows so that Australian English is becoming more american eng. like.
- Migration --> More variations in language due to different cultural factors
- Computer Technology advancements during late 1900s so more computer field lexemes.
Any others?? I dont have much examples though...
You could consider where words like the following came from: kangaroo, koala, goanna, murri, koori, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Uluru, Coonabarabran, Warrumbungles, Canberra.
I am going to try to answer your questions but as a global point of view zooming in . In English, I know , we have "American" English influencing the world as well as Latin America. We have ''The Queens'' English, the root of the English language influencing Europe and also the world. English is spoken in South Africa and it also influences other African English speaking countries like Rwanda, Kenya, and the list goes on. Then you have heavy English influence in India and Bangladesh .Then there is English in Australia. Ask yourself , What is the place of "Australian" English in the world? Personally , It influences the far east because of it's proximity to the Indonesian islands , China, and Japan ( and these are big markets). Australia is very important for the eastern market. I am very sure that there are waves of Asian immigration and communities in Australia. English is known for it's influence from other cultures. Talk about how "Australian" English coops with neighboring cultures, Is there an understanding and exchange? or does it look down upon other languages and ignore it? How is English valued in Australia? Does it put high expectations in public schools and Universities? What about slang talking , are there any slangs that sends bad images to a specific immigrated ethnicity,group, even city. What about regulations and criteria of the language for those who want to learn English? Does Sydney or Canberra decide what is correct? When they go around the world, are their English understood? I had conversations with Australians and it would always go smoothly. I never had a moment where i didn't understand an Australian. I hope i helped giving you ideas, good luck!!
Language is changing due to fashion and interest. If there are many Australians who get interested in Korea and Japanese Songs, the influence and impact on the standard English is definitely cannot be avoided.