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Department of Linguistics

Some people believe that the Australian accent is a lazy form of speech. Is this true?

There is a difference between accent and carefulness. All language groups have a range of styles that can be used which are dependent on the formality of the situation. The casual and relaxed nature of the Australian culture however, does create an accent type that tolerates many informal conversational phonetic processes. Many Australians believe that that speaking with an overly formal accent type is affected and artificial and is therefore often frowned upon.