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Department of Linguistics

Why do the accents of old newsreels sound so different from the accents we hear around us today?

Language is a dynamic system that is constantly changing and so the speech of people in the past sounds different from those in the present because the language has changed. People from the past used older forms of the language. It is also the case that broadcasters in Australia in the mid 20th century were required to use an accent that was quite similar to BBC English. This is not the case today.