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    Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    Hello everyone,

    This is a question for native Australian English speakers. I am doing a thesis about whether or not Australian English is a language or dialect and I was wondering what native Australians consider their speech to be.

    Do you think your variety of English is a variety of (British) English or do you think Australian English has developed in such a way that today it can be considered a new language? Or any other ideas?

    Thank you for co-operating.

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    Qphu

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    Re: Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    Please correct the information in your profile.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    I don't think any Aussies would consider it a language. Dialect is not a popular word nowadays. It's certainly a geolect.

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    Re: Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    Not Australian.

    How could anybody consider something that's 99.5% mutually intelligible a new language?
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    Re: Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    It's the following: English, Australian English, Australian (in some contexts), a language, a dialect, and a variety.
    The man or woman in the street would answer as follows:

    Interviewer: "What language do your speak?"
    Aussie: "English"
    Interviewer: "It doesn't sound like English."
    Aussie: "It's Australian English."
    Interviewer: "Would you consider it a language, a dialect, or a variety?"
    Aussie: "Are you coming the raw prawn, mate?"
    Interviewer: "No, not at all. How do you think about what you speak?"
    Aussie: "It's ordinary English. It's the same language the Pommies speak. And the Yanks."

    By the way, I notice you are Australian. What do you think it is?

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    Re: Do Australians consider their English as a dialect or language?

    Variant is often used for the national Englishes. I would use that rather than call it a dialect, which I would use for a regional form within a country.

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