By Graham Seal
Analysis of the variety and cultural significance of Australian vernacular language. Discusses the role of colloquial language as an expression of cultural identity and looks at the distinctive forms of speech found in everyday experiences such as sport, gambling, work, and family life. Examines historical and archaic usage as well as contemporary speech, and considers the influence of age, gender, ethnicity and social class, as well as outside influences, particularly that of the United States. Includes references and an index. The author teaches Australian studies at Curtin University.