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South Pacific English

 

At least 80% of Australian population, notwhitstandng the wages of immigrants that reached the continent in the second half of XX Century, is still of British descent. Therefore, English language is set of as the basic language of this country.

Australian English presents its own appearance. As it was necessary to adopt many new words to describe an environment very different from England (fauna, flora, geography, weather, encounter with aborigine, isolation), many English words followed a particular evolution in Australia.


 

Some words have even disappeared already from the British Islands and are only kept in Australia. Many other words are taken from native languages, such as boomerang, dingo, kangaroo, etc. Australian English in general presents slower rhythms and plain intonations that the standard from London.

In New Zealand, the main characteristics of English are their big resemblance to Australian English and the influence of maorÝ over English spoken in the North island, notably different form the South island. Likewise, New Zealanders often speak faster and usually don’t pronounce all the vowels.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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