Australian Vowels and Consonants

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Australian English is similar to Cockney in some aspects. It has wide diphthongs, that is, in RP day is /deɪ/, whereas in Australian it is /æɪ/ although not for this particular speaker. The movement from the first vowel sound to the second is longer in Australian.

The pronunciation of garage is similar to Southern British English (example 11). Glottal stop is noticeable in out and about.

One of the characteristics of young people's speech is how they finish declarative sentences using high intonation.Notice the high rise (rising intonation) in the declarative sentences in example 4 and 10. It sounds as if she is asking a question.


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