The past couple of weeks I’ve been wandering around in Sydney, Australia, so it seems fitting to make today’s post a roundup of fun and informative links about the ways that English happens down here.
- The Macquarie Dictionary and ABC bring you the Australian Word Map, where you can learn about all sorts of Australian regionalisms. For instance, if you’re in Sydney, the Coathanger refers to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and if you’re zivagating in Tasmania you’ve had a few too many and are swaying about on your feet.
- At the Australian National Dictionary Centre you can subscribe to Ozwords, a newsletter brimming with all sorts of research on Australian English and updates on the centre’s activities.
- And if you’re appetite’s only whetted by these offerings, you can always check out Speaking Our Language: The Story of Australian English by Bruce Moore.
- If you’re in the neighbourhood, you can always visit the Australian English exhibit at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. And even if you’re not, you can still enjoy these cartoons.
- Don’t forget to head to the Dialect Blog to read some tidbits about Australian actors and their accents and to check out the blog’s decoder ring for Aussie, Kiwi and South African accents.
- And then you can take a peek to see what Languagehat has to say about Australian English, particularly the accents within the accent.
- If you’re starting to feel a little overwhelmed by all this, you could always try downloading this helpful iPhone app or consulting this Australian-English/English-Australian phrasebook.
- If, on the other hand, you’re feeling like an expert by now, test your knowledge of Australian Slang at the Real Australian Slang Game!
And now I’m off to the beach…but purely on a language fact-finding mission, I assure you.