Spoken Australian Standard English Language Analysis

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Language is a means by which people communicate, and the choice of spoken and written language is influenced by a person’s culture and the Discourse they are in. Spoken Australian Standard English (ASE) differs from its written form, in that the speaker must be clear in what they are saying, so the listener can make meaning of the conversation. If the listener does not understand, they are able to ask questions to clarify meaning. Also, intonation plays an important role in understanding the context of spoken ASE. Crystal (2005) provides an example of this with, “'she's brown all over', when uttered normally, is interpreted as only “routinely observable bits of her body are brown”, but, if “uttered with a whispered tone on the last two words”

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