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The earliest form of Australian English was first spoken
by children born into the colony of New South Wales.
This very first generation of children created a new
dialect that was to become the language of the nation.
The Australian-born children in the new colony were
exposed to a wide range of different dialects across the
British Isles, in particular from Ireland and South East
England, with a large proportion of Cockneys.
The native-born children of the colony created the new
dialect from factors present in the speech they heard
around them.…read more

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Although Australia has no official language, English is so
entrenched that it has become the de facto national
it is the first language of, and is used exclusively by, the
vast majority of the population.
Australian English was recognised as being different
from British English by 1820, 32 years after the founding
of the colony of New South Wales in 1788.
It arose from the intermingling of children of early
settlers from a great variety of mutually intelligible
dialectal regions of the British Isles and quickly
developed into a major variety of English…read more

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o Outback ­ remote, sparsely popular area.
o The bush ­ native forest
o G'day ­ greetings
o Dinkum- true
o Australian English, in common with
several British English dialects (for
example, Cockney, Scouse, Glaswegian
and Geordie) as they use the word mate.…read more

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Arvo ­ afternoon
Baribie ­barbeque
Smoko ­morning tea
Aussie ­ Australian
Also the suffix `ly' is dropped in
informal situations. E.g. "real good"…read more

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Australian spelling generally follows
conventions of British spelling.
As in British spelling, the 'u' is retained in
words such as honour and favour and the
-ise ending is used in words such as
organise and realise, although -ize also
exists, but is far less common.
However there is some spelling differences
"program" as opposed to "programme"…read more

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