Sounds of Aus quotes

a)    “The cultural DNA of this country is in the sound of the way Australians speak. The famous, and hauntingly beautiful, Australian accent is a miracle no other culture’s ever come up with… You can tell an Australian the minute he opens his mouth”

(John Clarke, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

b)    “The accent, I believe, is going to be there for a long time and we should capitalise on it! Be proud of it, you know, it’s a wonderful calling card to say “G’day, mate!”

(Max Walker, sports commentator and ex-cricketer, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

c)    “Generally speaking there’s three types of Australian accent…the Broad Australian Accent would be…the very strong Australian accent…the General Australian Accent…a little bit more of a neutral, less strong Australian accent…and then there’s the Cultivated Australian Accent or the Received Pronunciation”

(Georgie Harding, Speech Pathologist, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

d)    “The accent is a thing that defines the Australian language, it’s that which defines Australian identity, and it’s that which has been utterly resilient and simply refuses to change.”

a)    “…we feel comfortable and not self-conscious any more, we’re very happy to express ourselves using the accent that we have”

(Dr Felicity Cox, Phonetician, Macquarie University, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

b)    “[My father] said “nobody wants to hear Australians talking because the voice is funny so it’s better to hear American voices or English voices ‘cause they sound better.” I said “they do? Why?” And he said “Oh well, they just do. You don’t want to hear Australian accents” and I thought “Well, I do.””

(Bruce Beresford, Film Director, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

c)     “Banjo Paterson…after four shows was fired because people couldn’t stand the way that he spoke, they just said it was just too awful to hear this Australian accent”

(Barry Crocker, performer, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

d)    “Fifty years ago people were saying “Australian English? Substandard.”

(Dr Bruce Moore, editor, The Australian Oxford Dictionary, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

e)    “I would much prefer an English, refined, voice.”

(Heather Pym, born and bred in Adelaide, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

f)     “I don’t think it matters what you sound like as long as you’re educated you can do whatever you want and I don’t think “wow, geez that blokes got a shocking accent, he might have finished school sort of top of his class at Sydney University, but I’m not gonna put him on here at this law firm ‘cause he sounds like too much of an ocker from the bush” there’s no way that’s going to stop you now.”

(Neil Breen, editor, The Sunday Telegraph Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

(Dr Bruce Moore, editor, The Australian Oxford Dictionary, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)

e)    “There isn’t one classic Australian accent”

(Victoria Melewska, voice coach, Sounds of Aus, ABC, 2007)


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