David Crystal’s comments on the ‘Australian accent’ news story

by Jeanette Sakel

You’ve probably read it or heard about it: the big linguistics news story of the week: The Australian accent, it says, comes from the lazy, drunken speech by convicts sent to Australia in the early days of Western settlement.

The reply to this story (which I won’t even link here, because it’s pretty badly done) couldn’t be any better than David Crystal’s one word response. Read it all here on his blog.


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