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Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
Aboriginal english
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Aboriginal english

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  • 1. Aboriginal English Jack Fursdon
  • 2. Different types of Aboriginal English Australian Aboriginal Creoles and English’s Australian Indigenous Languages, nfd Kimberly area 7% languages other australian 1% indigenous Arnhem Land languages and Dlay River 12% Region Languages Western Desert 15% languages 13% Yolngu Matha 10% Arandic 11% Northern Cape York Peninsula Desert Fringe Torres Strait Island Languages Area languages 5% Languages 13% 13%Love the lingo
  • 3. What is Aboriginal English• Based on a mix of English and aboriginal languages• Used in rural aboriginal communities• Differs from Australian English linguistically in almost every way• Many words have entirely different meanings in Aboriginal English• Eg: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/awaye/• Itunes: Yothu Yindi: Treaty, tribal voices, Djapana
  • 4. Differences between Aboriginal English and Standard English• Words• Sounds• Grammatical• Lexical• Discourse• Pragmatics
  • 5. Words• Words of Aboriginal English often reflect the cultures of the region• E.g. Policeman: monatj in Western Australia, booliman in Queensland, gunji or gunjibal in New South Wales• Can have completely different meanings to English languages• E.g. mother means the woman who gave birth to a person, and that womans sisters
  • 6. Sounds• Leaving out and adding of letters• E.g. enry’s at (Henry’s hat)• E.g. Huncle Henry ( Uncle Henry)• http://www.pawmedia.com.au/library/huntin g-185
  • 7. Grammatical and Lexical• Many Prepositions are left out• Different constructions of negatives• Simplified tag questions• Question structure• Sentences formed by joining two phrases• Noun Phrase + there
  • 8. Grammatical and Lexical ctd• No third person• Replacement of “that” for “what”• Inconsistent number system• Doubly marked past tense
  • 9. Discourse• Long, loosely connected structures• Clausal marks are absent• Verb chaining• Word Order
  • 10. Pragmatics• Questions not used to seek information• Use of indirect questioning• Silence
  • 11. Reference List• Aedes, D. (2011), “Aboriginal English”. Available http://www.hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/definitions/aboriginal.html 19th October 2011• The university of Adelaide. (2011), “Notes on spelling and pronunciation”. Available http://www.adelaide.edu.au/kwp/language/spelling/ 19th October 2011• Australian Government: department of foreign affairs and trade. (2011), “Indigenous languages”. Available http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/indigenous_languages.html 19th October 2011• Burridge, K and De Laps, D. (2010) Love the Lingo. Victoria: VATEFor sources on specific Aboriginal languages:• Nathan, D. (2007), “Aboriginal languages of Australia”. Available http://www.dnathan.com/VL/austLang.htm 19th October 2011
  • 12. The EndThanks for listening

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